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SS Steel Mesh as Tank Cover?

I'm in need of a cover/top for my tank. I bought a glass cutter to modify my fluval flora top to fit the tank with the filter and such... but didn't take into account the finnex breeder box I had on the way. Long story short... there isn't a way (that I can think of anyways...) to modify the top now to work.

For those unfamiliar the Fluval Flora glass top need to sit on the corner braces that come with that tank in order to sit and not fall into the tank. With my filter intake and outtake in the back and my breeder box on the side this just isnt feasible anymore.

I have Endlers atm... and a female who keeps jumping and is now currently in the breeder box since it has a lid. So with keeping these fish I desperately need something to act as a cover for the tank.

I was thinking with the right grade SS steel mesh I can just bend the edges so it covers the tank? Leaning towards 4 mesh count, to allow as much light as possible. Would this work? Anything wrong with doing this?

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I'd spray it with something to retard rust... Other than that. I know people have been keeping fish locked in with screen lids for decades...


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Awesome, thanks for the green light on this!
Is it pertinent to use SS steel mesh? And what would you suggest as far as the spray? I'm soooo not a DYI'er, just trying to figure out something to work, lol

EDIT - Just found the perfect kit! When you said screen top if made my googling soo much easier! Thanks again!!!
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/index..../view/id/1810/

Think I might order this... still unsure if the SS steel would be better or not.

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SS steel doesn't rust, the only way it will rust is if it scratched by regular/mild steel, in which case it will be the tiny particles of regular steel left in the scratch that are actually rusting.

Spraying it with a protecting would hurt, it may also help keep its shine. You can use any spray paint clear coat(krylon fusion is good) or a colored spraypaint if you would like.

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Anyone know where I can buy some SS Steel mesh, without having to buying a crazy amount? And with a good enough spacing to allow decent lighting? I've googled but havent found anything.

I PM'd H4N, his unfortunately is too fine to allow enough light.

That kit I linked above would work yet I would still have to modify it. I would have to make it smaller than the tank and use something to support it so it "floats".

I'm open to any suggestions. Thanks.

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I buy my SS mesh from http://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-wire-mesh/=oajv57

I use the 316 S.S. on my aquarium.


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If you decide to go with the BRS mesh kit, you can use these to hold it: http://www.finnex.net/index.php?page...hk=1&Itemid=61

That's what we use on our tanks. Also, if you just order the mesh from BRS you can get the rest of the stuff from Home Depot for a lot cheaper. If you aren't worried about losing some light, you can even just use fiberglass screen.


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Those are perfect Rocksmom!

Ya I was starting to think the same as far as price goes for the other peices. I do think I wanna get the white mesh, I have low light as is.. don't wanna sacrifice any.

You all have been a lifesaver. Thanks a bunch!

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