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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-23-2011, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
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stainless steel mesh search

As the title suggests, I'm searching for some stainless steel mesh but so far not having much of any luck. Spent the day hitting up hardware stores and craft stores but nobody has anything under 1/4" mesh. And online the only sellers I can find want to sell $50+ of it only. So wondering if any of you guys know places to get some SS mesh (primarily looking for types that shrimp wont be able to get through but also if you have suggestions on fine mesh for tying plants to those are welcome as well).
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How large a piece you looking for?

Try McMaster-Carr

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have seen several sellers on ebay
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Check Amazon for stainless steel mesh. Pick your mesh size - google "mesh size", and you want as small a wire diameter as possible. You should be able to find it from something like 6"x6" to 2'x2'.
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Hmm, okay, thanks guys.
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Check Amazon for stainless steel mesh. Pick your mesh size - google "mesh size", and you want as small a wire diameter as possible. You should be able to find it from something like 6"x6" to 2'x2'.
Agreed, I bought a bunch of it from Amazon, they have all sorts of sizes, wire gauges, and wire spacing width options and the price is decent too.


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McMaster Carr has all sorts of this stuff (and just about anything else you'd ever want to build anything.) Their web pages don't play well with links, but if you go to mcmaster.com and search for mesh, then choose wire mesh, it will let you sort by all kinds of qualities. I found a 12x12 sheet of stainless mesh with 0.002" openings for $14. Dunno what size you're after specifically, that's apparently small enough to filter talcum powder from water. For 0.02" openings, it's only $5-6 per 12x12 sheet. 0.02" is the size of sugar crystals, according to their page.

FYI, their shipping prices are fair but they don't give them up front. I think it's because so many of their orders are strange sizes/weights. I've ordered from them numerous times and never had anything like exorbitant charges, and they're a very reputable company.
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Anyone have any idea what the best diameter size is for SS mesh (to prevent baby shrimp from being sucked up)?


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Anyone have any idea what the best diameter size is for SS mesh (to prevent baby shrimp from being sucked up)?

If this is for a filter intake you can just use a porous foam or filter floss. If you must use mesh then why not use nylon window screening.


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If this is for a filter intake you can just use a porous foam or filter floss. If you must use mesh then why not use nylon window screening.
That's what I have on there now (foam block covering the intake).. The problem is, it's bulky and ugly.

I'm afraid nylon mesh will leech chemicals into the water column, and I think the holes are too big.. I reckon baby shrimps will get through. Stainless Steel is safe and tested. Also, I need it to be rigid, for the design I have in mind.


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An extra coffee filter you have (the re-usable metal type) may be a possibility as well. Free if you have one, just make sure you have another way to brew tomorrow's cup before you start cutting : )


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WWGraingers sells it, too. It's called wire cloth (not to be confused with hardware cloth, that's the large mesh stuff you've been seeing). They carry different sized pieces, different gage meshes.

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