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Galvanized Mesh

Trying to make a way to hold my riccia down and form it into different shapes.

Found some galvanized mesh at the local hardware store w/ small openings and was wondering it is safe to put in my tanks. I have fish and shrimp but don't want to kill them w/ some leached metal stuff. Has anyone had any experience w/ this? Tried to find plastic mesh but was too flimsy.

Is it safe?
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Use stainless steel mesh. There might be someone on here selling some, if not there is a person on AquaBid selling some pre cut squares.


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Aquabid is where I got the idea, but for about 10 feet of it I only pay 12 bucks at the local hardware store.

In theory galvanized should work. Or am I wrong?
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It will work, but if you cut it which you will have to to get smaller peices, you will expose the non-galvanized steel and it will rust. SS would work much better.


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What if I epoxy the edges after cutting?
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Just so you know, I'm not lazy. I just can't find the SS mesh anywhere.
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I don't think the epoxy on the edge of the cut will be water tight. Here's a link to a guy on Aquabid selling some pre cut ss mesh and he's a plantedtank sponsor: http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/aucti...nta&1155227363


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Um...if you don't want to buy the mess all the way from singapore...walmart sells a stainless steel mess in it's plumbing aisel, its in a shape of a sock use in washing machine and drainage pipes. Just put riccia in it and it will grow. Doesnt look pleasantly as the one offer on aquabid, but it works.
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Have you tried looking in the kitchen department? I have a fine mesh strainer about 3" diameter that I could cannibalize now that you planted the thought in my mind.

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that might be a bit more expensive.

Ended up getting the Lufa idea (its the bath scrubbie from target). Tough part is that it won't really stay down. Think the mesh thing would be better if I could find it.
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