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Cradle artificial shallow fry habitat

Reclaimed PVC Fish Habitat Structures

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The Cradle shallow fry and forage fish habitat,  has been protecting fry for over ten years from coast to coast. As one of our three original shallow habitat models, these compact and dense habitat units, protects young life of numerous forms in their most vulnerable life stage. Fine, soft strands of clean PVC grow food for these young creatures to graze upon in safety.  Superior density provides proven protection of the smallest aquatic creatures.   FREE SHIPPING 

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Groups of this intricate and abstract fish structure, start the food chain and give the small fish places to hide. In order to grow big fish, you need to grow a whole lot of smaller fish for them to get fat on. Use the Cradle model to replace lost vegetation like Eel grass, fine wood and other lost natural habitat, which is essential to hide and protect the youngest of aquatic critters. Protects year round, after the weeds die off. Standing 28"-32"tall, these Cradle fish habitat units are recommended for depths of about 2-6 feet, each ten pound habitat unit averages 30 square feet of surface area to grow important periphyton/algae for food. When open, the Cradle creates an dense bush standing 30" tall and over a 50" diameter. It reacts like artificial eel grass, swaying in the current driven by wind, water flow or other fish and animals.

When the bait or forage fish are big enough, they venture out and transition to the deeper mid depth habitat, to begin to hunt for larger food source on their own. When they mature, these same fish will return to the area to spawn, allowing the next generation of fry to utilize the protective Cradle cover. To create a balanced aquatic ecosystem and have the food base/forage be self sustaining, young fish must be able to hide long enough to grow to the preferred size for you predator fish. Proven. Tested. Filmed fish use.

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We want those pan fish about 3"-5" before Mr. Bass gets hold of them for a good meal. A Bass needs ten pounds of forage fish to gain one pound in body weight. Growing more food in the shallows, is key to growing big, healthy predator fish like Bass, Catfish, Walleye and more.

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  • 5
    Cradle holds all the babies and bugs

    Posted by Lonnie Stedman on 6th Mar 2022

    Easiest dense cover made, period. I've used it all, this is by far the most productive and best shallow cover you can put in. Don't waste your time on anything else, trust me I've tried it all!

  • 5
    Excellent fry habitat for shallow water

    Posted by Joan Anderson on 18th Jul 2021

    We purchased 3 of the cradle habitat together in a group and have seen dozens of fry using them already - exactly as we hoped! Also excellent customer service!

  • 5
    Only shallow habitat with density

    Posted by Todd Haskett on 21st Feb 2021

    This model works great for fry/ Its the only product I can find that has anything close to a dense button bush. I started buying them three years ago and wanted to wait and see if they did what he said. Year after year they have a bass next to each one with a bed and then fry. I got 30 of them now and an entire school of fish present at all times. Thanks

  • 5
    Best shallow habitat

    Posted by Phil Jackson on 19th Jan 2016

    This product excells in protecting small fish. I would recommend installing these near prime fishing spots.

  • 5
    great stuff!

    Posted by Bill,NC on 21st Apr 2011

    We put two in and the shad are thick. We net them for bait. Works perfect.

  • 5
    finally a structure for fry!

    Posted by Tom Linskady on 20th Apr 2011

    Thanks for being the only one to offer something small and fine for fry and forage fish. These cribs rock!