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Safe mesh for container pond lid?

Hello all! I set up a container pond last week and want to keep fish in it. HOWEVER...I am paranoid about predators eating my fish, so I am going to make a lid to prevent them from doing so. What kind of mesh would be safe for that task? Thankx in advance
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Hello all! I set up a container pond last week and want to keep fish in it. HOWEVER...I am paranoid about predators eating my fish, so I am going to make a lid to prevent them from doing so. What kind of mesh would be safe for that task? Thankx in advance
Pet proof window screen stretched over wood and stapled might work.

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I used some black plastic netting for trees that I found at Home Depot. I held down with screws put in the edge of the tub. It worked okay, but raccoons still caused problems on occasion, as they fiddled with the water pump in the tub. Twice, they redirected the output so the tub was almost emptied. Another time, they pulled the pump out, around the netting! In short, if raccoons are in your neighborhood, you really need to secure the pump!
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I used some black plastic netting for trees that I found at Home Depot. I held down with screws put in the edge of the tub. It worked okay, but raccoons still caused problems on occasion, as they fiddled with the water pump in the tub. Twice, they redirected the output so the tub was almost emptied. Another time, they pulled the pump out, around the netting! In short, if raccoons are in your neighborhood, you really need to secure the pump!
I couldn't help but laugh as I picture the raccoons doing this. I'm sure it was frustrating but it sure does paint a funny picture. Thanks for the laughs

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Wood frame, corrugated plastic roofing sheet.
I got tinted to shade a bit, but clear is actually cheaper.
Palruf 26 in. x 8 ft. Clear PVC Roof Panel-100423 - The Home Depot


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I couldn't help but laugh as I picture the raccoons doing this. I'm sure it was frustrating but it sure does paint a funny picture. Thanks for the laughs

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Wood frame, corrugated plastic roofing sheet.
I got tinted to shade a bit, but clear is actually cheaper.
Palruf 26 in. x 8 ft. Clear PVC Roof Panel-100423 - The Home Depot

man that's cheaper than the lexan I've been using for my indoor tanks.. how is it for cutting?

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man that's cheaper than the lexan I've been using for my indoor tanks.. how is it for cutting?
I cut it with tin snips, it was OK, could been better if I took more time to draw a line first lol.

Joey King of DIY uses it too, but he doesn't make a frame, he just cuts to fit then puts something on top to weight it down.

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