Shallow habitat is the key to a balanced Eco-system. Fish move to shallow water to build beds, nests and spawning areas. Here the fry are hatched, beginning immediately to find cover or get eaten. Tight dense habitat provides fry with small areas to get into and grow where they find larvae and insects feeding on the algae. Like any infant, they need protection from the elements and danger.
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Growing forage in your lake or pond can be your own fish stocking program. You can feed and grow more big fish if you provide enough food. The size and amount of the food available, dictates how big the fish can ultimately grow. Ample shallow habitat allows fish to survive longer, growing larger before heading out to deep water. Once fish reach the three to five inch size, they become a good meal for a bass or other predator fish. Large enough to survive to maturity, or make a great meal.
Replace the fine, woody habitat along your shoreline that has rotted away with artificial habitat that lasts forever. Clusters of fine, flexible and dense cover like the Cradle model grow algae fast to feed the baby fry. Set shallow cover adjacent to known spawning areas or to replace weeds and vegetation that have been removed. Protect your fry by allowing the habitat to break the waters surface in some areas. This keeps any fish from swimming above a feeding on your fry.
Small Pond Fish Habitat
Do you have a backyard garden pond, Koi pond, aquarium or any other smaller water with fish? If you do, you know that your fish need hiding places just as much as big water fish do. Birds, cats, raccoons all eat fish and steal fish from ponds. Give your fish a place to hide from the sun and dangerous predators.
Made from reclaimed PVC vinyl, each unit can be removed and sprayed off with a hose to clean for small or hatchery settings. Different textures appeal to different species and sizes of fish. Create an under water forest that fish can swim through and hide within. Smaller in size pieces but not coverage, these units can be bent and trimmed to your exact wishes or needs. Try a few and watch the fish enjoy their new home.