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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-03-2012, 03:44 AM Thread Starter
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Mesh lid for rimless tank

Where might I find a clear plastic mesh for a lid? I need something that won't block out much light and allows for evaporation.
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http://www.reeflounge.com/showthread.php?t=31685

The guy still sells the mesh. I bought some not too long ago from him. He's great to work with.
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You can buy them at Homedepot/Lowes in the outdoor gardening area. They come in huge spool, I believed it's something like 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide. It's like $28.99 per spool. I remember seeing them when I was looking mesh myself months ago. They come in clear and black.

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I plan on using those Finnex rim brackets from eBay, so the mesh has to be sturdy and not so much like netting. And 30 bucks is a little steep for a simple DIY lid, especially since I don't need that much mesh to cover a 10 gal. I will be going to Home Depot soon to get some other stuff, so I'll check out that mesh anyway. Any other ideas?
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27 inches x 96 inches diamond mesh. Very sturdy and bendable too. Low cost. Sold at Lowes.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_11811-46086-...d=10151&rpp=24

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That looks pretty good, but will it block too much light?
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It shouldn't, the holes are big enough to let light pass through it. Some people use window screen that is then made to fit the window edge holder and they use that as a lid to keep fish/shrimps from jumping out the tank. That route, it does block some light. If you don't like metal or aluminum grids... Homedepot and Lowes carry those kitchen light grids. They are made of plastic and is white in color. They are called Egg Crate Lighting Panel.

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I think I'll go with the metal grid. Thanks for the help, Jaggedfury!
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Yepp, No problem.

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I would recommend egg crate. It won't rust, has no sharp corners, is designed for the purpose of letting light through, and is about $12. Lowe's, HD, Menards etc. will all carry it, either in the fluorescent lighting section or ceiling section or both places.

This stuff:
http://www.eplastics.com/Plastic/Lig.../W-EGG-375X2X4
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