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Where to Buy Mesh? [for Java Moss Carpet]

1.) I can't find a plastic mesh small enough for making a java moss carpet. I live in the UK -- anyone know where I can buy something suitable and cheap.

2.) How risky is this endeavour -- will I end up with java moss all over my tank forever and ever and ever?

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Plastic loofah

I use these. Very cheap.

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Wow. Great idea! Do they actually work? Could you attach a picture? Do you need to brace the mesh against something rigid like plastic sticks to make the "floor" stand firm?

Also, how does the material "unfold? once you cut into it? Do you need to stitch it back together like a patchwork quilt using fishing gut or something like that?
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You can get stainless steel mesh on Amazon.
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Many places sell plastic mesh here's where I've gotten it before Ac moore , Hobby Lobby , Michaels most craft stores also eBay has it and so does amazon all it is is a plastic mesh for hook&loop yarning take a look online I am sure you will be able to locate some fairly easy
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Wow. Great idea! Do they actually work? Could you attach a picture? Do you need to brace the mesh against something rigid like plastic sticks to make the "floor" stand firm?

Also, how does the material "unfold? once you cut into it? Do you need to stitch it back together like a patchwork quilt using fishing gut or something like that?
You would have to get you some slate or flat rock. I used a small fish cave with riccia. Actually my first time doing this but it seem to be working out okay.
Wrapped it, twisted and tied at the bottom.

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You would have to get you some slate or flat rock. I used a small fish cave with riccia. Actually my first time doing this but it seem to be working out okay.
Wrapped it, twisted and tied at the bottom.
+1. I've been saying for the longest time to use those instead of other options because they are so cheap, readily available, and super easy to deal with.

I've always just cut a strip I needed, stretched it over a covered source, and used fishing line on the back to hold it down. If the rock or whatever is going to be sitting on the bottom of the tank [it sounds like it will be?], then you can bypass fishing line and just use a plastic bread twist-tie or something similar.
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+1. I've been saying for the longest time to use those instead of other options because they are so cheap, readily available, and super easy to deal with.
Thanks. I was beginning to think people were making fun of me. Oh and they make a wonderful filter media.
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Very nice! Thanks for sharing! It might be interesting to make a wall made of this stuff and see if it's possible to make a "blowing curtain" effect. Hmm.

Is it possible to cut the "sponge" so that it unfolds into one big long piece, or is it a drips-and-drabs affair?
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Unfolded

Picture of loofah unfolded.
Kind of like a mesh tube. Very easy to work with.

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Nice! Thanks for the picture. This thread is more exciting than I though it was going to be.
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Very nice! Thanks for sharing! It might be interesting to make a wall made of this stuff and see if it's possible to make a "blowing curtain" effect. Hmm.

Is it possible to cut the "sponge" so that it unfolds into one big long piece, or is it a drips-and-drabs affair?
Great idea! Yes see pic. The possibilities are endless!
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I'm almost too excited!
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I think even the sleeve garlic sometimes comes in would work too that's a pretty fine mesh and could be streched over rock or wood
The pic of the cave looking pretty neat like to see that when it all grown in
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The pic of the cave looking pretty neat like to see that when it all grown in
yeah. Me too. gave me an idea : a floating java moss cave!

Just found this on youtube. not what i was thinking but interesting...

http://youtu.be/sZbBIRZHJeU

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