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stainless steel mesh ledge?

What is the best sized wire mesh to use for making moss ledges? Most sellers have their mesh listed as a #? .0? and I have no idea what those numbers mean. I ordered a 12x12 piece a couple of months ago (dont remember what size) and while it worked it seemed to be a lot heavier guage than whats needed for moss ledges. I ended up having tojjust lay them in the tank because there was no way a suction cup was going to be able to hold its weight. Any help is appreciated
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I would try that nylon knitting mesh from a craft store and rough the surface up the surface with a hole saw to help give it a firm hold. I used this for algae scrubbers in the past and don't see why this would not work here. Just a thought and its cheap and easy to get.

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I love that stuff but unfortunately, if one wanted to remove the suction cup and lay themoss on the bottom of the tank, it isnt heavy enough and will float. I have used it for ledges and as long as its suction cupped to the glasd they work great, but ivI've received moss on ss mesh that is alot lighter guage than what I ended up buying and am hoping to get somewhere in the ballpark before ordering another sheet
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I love that stuff but unfortunately, if one wanted to remove the suction cup and lay themoss on the bottom of the tank, it isnt heavy enough and will float. I have used it for ledges and as long as its suction cupped to the glasd they work great, but ivI've received moss on ss mesh that is alot lighter guage than what I ended up buying and am hoping to get somewhere in the ballpark before ordering another sheet
go to facebook and search LEDGEndary Aquatics. Colin Knutsen sells awesome stainless steel Sheet (Not mesh) for moss and buces and other plants. It is much heavier than mesh

https://www.facebook.com/ledgendaryaquatics/
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If using mesh - always make sure to go with a lighter wire diameter - there is no need for this stuff to be as heavy duty as you are explaining your mesh to have been the first time around - try a wire diameter that is standard - this will make the mesh a lot cheaper - for instance - as I see here: Custom Wire Cloth - Belleville Wire Cloth Co - Cedar Grove, NJ they explain that they can supply samples of the "market grade" wire mesh measurements. I see that in a 10 x 10 wire mesh - the standard market grade wire diameter is a .025" wire.

It does not take a heavy wire to use as a ledge, but a smaller wire count is the best way to go. When you get a mesh that is lighter, the suction cup will in fact be able to do that job for you. Your first step maybe to ask for some samples, check the weight for yourself and go from there!
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Here is a link for mesh.
https://www.mcmaster.com/#9319t146/=17b49nu

This is 316SS .023" diameter wire with .060" spacing.
It can be cut with sturdy scissors too.


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