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baby BABY seahorses on ebay

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As the recent thread showed, there is some contentious issues about selling seahorses too you. But vlangel at least asked and tried to consider the issue fully. What I saw on ebay is inconscionable. Someone is selling very young seahorse fry for 30 bucks on ebay They look like they're not even a month old, are clearly still eating bbs. Ant to top things off, the seller is making it sounds way easier than it is:
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Basic care.. Simply acclimate them and place them in your tank.  Make sure that their live food is always present in your tank because seahorses do not have stomachs and so need to eat quite often.  Your 4 Baby Lined Seahorses will be about 1/2" to 1-1/2" long from coronet to the tip of its tail.  Use standard drip acclimation.
 

I can't imagine they don't know that it's a bad thing. I be they're counting on people not demanding a refund. It makes me so frustrated, because it is so easy to raise them for a few weeks. Aside from being generally against selling fry, they're selling them far too expensive with far too lit information.

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« Reply #1 posted: 2 years ago »
This also has the effect of discouraging folks who purchase these young and have a bad first experience with seahorses. Didn't see any feedback listed yet regarding the seahorses for this seller but am willing to bet that there will not be many positives.
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    I think Viangel's were biger then those shown on e-bay,very tempted to go on e-bay and see what they say,if I do will let you know what they say.
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« Reply #3 posted: 2 years ago »
Sorry Vlangel- I didn't mean to call you out. I mean that you can compare and contrast a responsible keeper (vlangel, getting advice on the right thing to do) and the ebay seller, who is selling seahorse fry that are almost certainly doomed.

This is what I wrote the seller:
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"The seahorses you're selling are far too small. I hope you reconsider, there is no way that you should be selling fry to unsuspecting aquarists. Please take a look at the following information: http://fusedjaw.com/aquariumcare/a-modern-guide-to-buying-seahorses/

I hope you reconsider. They should not be for sale until they're 3-5 months of age."

And the sellers response:
"Thank you for contacting us about this. I think that you have a very good point! We understand about your concern and have made a careful change to our listing in an attempt to remedy any potential problems. We have added the following verbiage to the listing in question:

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"Please be aware that some seahorse dealers and websites advise against purchasing or selling seahorses at less than 3-5 months of age. Their concern is that seahorse babies may be too difficult to care for by the common aquarist. It is true that baby seahorses are much more difficult to care for than mature seahorses but it is possible for the educated and experienced aquarist to care for baby seahorses and we believe that they should be permitted the opportunity. Please carefully research about the care of baby seahorses before placing your purchase. Just as we have very little experience with caring for our human babies when they are born to us, we also need to carefully consider the care for baby seahorses also. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we will be glad to help in any way possible."

Hopefully, this way, our potential customers will do their research into the proper care of Seahorse Fry before placing a purchase. We cannot link directly to the site that you sent in eBay because linking outside of eBay is not permitted especially when the link contains items for sale of any kind. Thank you again for contacting us about this I think that your point is very helpful and we welcome our customer's thoughts at any time."

I am really disappointed. I think the seller knows what their doing is irresponsible, and they're going ahead with it anyway. I've seen people over the years try to sell fry. It's a big problem because seahorses breed very easily, and people don't realize the expensive involved in raising seahorses successfully.
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« Reply #4 posted: 2 years ago »
It's OK Tami, I don't feel condemned.  I was honestly asking and not having any experienced with baby seahorses I didn't know.  I have chosen to keep my baby seahorses until they are 3-5 months and are reaching sexual maturity.  They are 8 weeks tomorrow so we are getting there.
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« Reply #5 posted: 2 years ago »
Okay good! I realized what I said didn't come out the way I meant it to! There is nothing wrong with understanding your limits and trying to work within your means. What I'm bothered by in the case of this seller is that they don't really care; and seem pretty unrepentant about doing this, with the information they are sharing making it sound easier than it is.

One trend that seems to have lost favor over time is fostering seahorses. When someone couldn't care for the offspring of their seahorses, but didn't want nature to "take it's course", another aquarist often stepped up to try. There was an etiquette to it - it was always done for free, and if there were survivors, a pair or two went back to the original owner. For long distances, shipping for the fry was usually paid for by the "foster parent", but not always.

But the one rule that always existed was that you never charge for immature seahorses. There are tons of circumstances someone might not be able to raise them. But it was always a manner of pride, thou shall not sell seahorse fry.

I am still unhappy about it, especially as the seller's response was in denial about what they did as being a problem. So I wrote an article, in hopes of exposing the issue and providing guidance to others: http://fusedjaw.com/breeding/selling-baby-seahorses-is-wrong/
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« Reply #6 posted: 2 years ago »
@hullaquatics and you're right on the nose. This is not the way to start out keeping seahorses. I bet it ends in people discouraged and not interested in keeping seahorses. It's a shame.
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