So I have heard that fish nets are not great for crabs, and have ordered some Jute nets, but I don't really understand why Jute would be better. It seems to me that the Jute nets are tighter, and wouldn't the crabs get caught in them more because of this? I currently have a fish net in my tank, and have not had a problem, but I don't want to chance it. Can someone please explain the difference and the pro's to Jute nets?
Hi I would be happy to :-) The fishing nets are heavy duty they are even resistant to rotting which all sounds perfect but if a crab makes a miscalculation or falls it could be really bad. The joints of a crabs legs are not as armored as the rest of them to allow for flexibility so if the leg gets caught between the segments it is on soft tissue. This causes the crab stress and they will drop the leg to get away. In extreme cases like if it happened while you were out the crab might not get free and it could die there. The fishing nets are just too strong. The jute on the other hand can break away if something gets caught in it is not heavy duty. Hemp is too strong as well, the only real option is the jute, and I am sure it has to be fairly thin gage.
I don't use any nets anymore, the whole thing just freaks me out now. There are people who disagree on this topic, but the fact is this has happened, it has nothing to do with a science study, it happened to an unfortunate crabber. In fact they got the extreme version, dropped legs then died before found. I hope that helps clear things up. :-)
I couldnt of said it better! Jute can be thick so that is is thicker then the joints of the crab. I also took nets out of my tank. I did use jute before with out problems but just dont want to take a chance. I found some leaf mats at a whole sale price and added them to my etsy site at my cost if anyone wants to get them. They cut easy to make ladders or smaller pieces. I covered the back of my tank with them, the crabs love them. You can get them at pet shops only they cost at least 12.00 for 1 mat and i got 2 mats 10 inch by 10 inch for under 10.00. I would say if you use nets get jute ones.
I have also seen people use those cocomats and cut them to make bridges and hammocks, I think I am going to give that a try in the scary 85G I am scared of it because I am only 5 foot 1 and the tank on a short stand is 4 feet tall, means I will have to get repelling gear to clean it!
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Apr 20, 2010 0:25:19 GMT -5
Maybe you could use a chair and one of those collapsible handle swiffer dry cloths,hh! I am only 5'5 or so, myself, so I feel ya. That's why my little tank is only 2 and a hlf feet off the ground,hh. Well....that & so the kids can sit on the floor to watch the crabbies. ;D
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Yeah the swiffer thing is a good idea, it is also really heavy the glass is half an inch thick... I am kind of wishing I had sprung for something else! Anyway the grass type mats that Sue uses can be attached with suction cups that have the plastic hooks on them. I would make little holes in the coco mats to attach them to whatever with a bit of jute or suction cups.
I did the same thing with my tank removed all fishing nets to start with but I have a small corner jute net that I made. I also made a small stand for my tank so it sit lower to the ground for my kids!
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Apr 20, 2010 20:46:16 GMT -5
You can always opt for a different tank down the road. I hung my coco fiber up with a suction cup that used to be in the back of the basket hidey I have in the tank and man was it difficult to poke a hole in,hh!
≈19 clypeatus, 4 perlatus & 8 compressus in 4 tanks
I currently have the fish nets from Michaels in my tank, and Finnigan hangs out there all the time. I rarely see him anywhere else. So I bought a Jute net from El's Shells (Awesome customer service btw) and I will do a coco-nut ladder too. I need to do some switching up in the tank already, the new information is on overload and I can't wait to make the tank a better place.
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