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Metal Screen and RCS?

Would using Metal Screen (like window screen, but metal) kill my red cherries?

would it kill my fish?

its for a DIY moss wall

just going to bend, put the moss in, clip, and slap it in the tank. simple
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If its steel and not stainless steel it may rust and change some parameters of your water.

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i believe it is stainless.... so as long as its stainless were good?

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If its steel and not stainless steel it may rust and change some parameters of your water.
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found out its aluminum
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-26-2010, 06:45 PM
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aluminum + acidic water = death

however, there's always needlepoint mesh that works very well.

http://shop.hobbylobby.com/needlewor...canvas-sheets/
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found out its aluminum
I have used aluminum mesh from home depot sold for gutters and stuff for years in aquariums for moss walls with no problems with CRS and RCS and all types of other critters. Occasionally if something gets caught in it it isn't a good time but besides that theres no issue from my experience.

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hmmm maybe do an experiment, tank water in small tank, aluminum and rcs? just so i dont wipe out my whole colony

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I have used aluminum mesh from home depot sold for gutters and stuff for years in aquariums for moss walls with no problems with CRS and RCS and all types of other critters. Occasionally if something gets caught in it it isn't a good time but besides that theres no issue from my experience.

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Take a picture of what you're going to use. If it is the stuff that comes in the HUGE sheets from home Depot I and others have been using it for years.

SS mesh also works well as does the plastic stuff but that just isn't as nice in my opinion.

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Putting aluminum anything in your tank is a bad idea.

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I use fiberglass window screening...works like a charm.




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That seems like an even better idea.

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Aluminum is nontoxic in aquaria between a pH of 6 and 8 so you could still use it as long as you have stable pH between 6 and 8. Its probably cheaper to use needle point mesh, plastic, or fiberglass screen though.
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