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Where to get stainless steel mesh?

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I was wondering where I can get stainless steel mesh to make moss carpets. Does anyone know?
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Local hardware stores carry it. OSH you can get it by the foot, but at lowes and home depot you go to the screen door section and you can buy it in big quantities to last a lifetime. They sometimes have a display that shows the differnt kind being either fiberglass or aluminum.

There are the types that come in like a 5 foot wide roll, and the other kind that is about 4'' in width.


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Local hardware stores carry it. OSH you can get it by the foot, but at lowes and home depot you go to the screen door section and you can buy it in big quantities to last a lifetime. They sometimes have a display that shows the differnt kind being either fiberglass or aluminum.

There are the types that come in like a 5 foot wide roll, and the other kind that is about 4'' in width.
I think you're talking about aluminum. I have never heard HD or Lowes stocking any SS mesh. I have asked around with no luck.

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Maybe, but dont they serve the same purpose?


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The christmas moss I bought off ebay came tied to a 2 inch square of stainless steel mesh that was woven together, not welded or molded that way. I really would like to find some more of it as its is heavy and will weigh down the moss all by itself.
I wouldn't use the window screens as i don't trust them to be tank safe. There are probably other things in them than fiberglass and aluminum and they don't have the heft I'm looking for to keep the moss down.
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Maybe, but dont they serve the same purpose?
Yes they serve the same purpose but some aluminum will slowly breakdown in a tank and may release harmful minerals for fish.

Well the snail trap is not working. Maybe wrong bait. I did not have cucumber or cabbage at home so I put some banana instead but they all climb to the wall of the tank. Maybe they know it is a trap. Will try one more night and observe. This time with cucumber which is recommended. ~ CHUNTC
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why not use plastic mesh?


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I could use plastic mesh but its not really heavy enough and the bright white color is quite unsightly until the moss grows in. I wonder if I could find it in black though...
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I found black plastic mesh at Home Depot, if you're "sewing" the moss between 2 layers of mesh for the carpet, you could always put a little bit of aquarium gravel in there with it to weight it down, you'd only need a little bit probably. Might work?


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I found black plastic lock stitch canvas at Michael's so I am going to try that until I can find some stainless steel. I'm not going to sandwich it between two pieces, just sew it right on top and sew a couple fishing sinkers into the mix to hold it down.
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I too checked lowes and homedepot but no luck.

The best place I have found to get stainless steel mesh is any kitchen dept. I just bought a stainless steel food colander like you would use to drain your spaghetti noodles. I got a 3 piece set for $10......I used the two smallest ones for mesh and gave the largest one of the set to the better half to use in the kitchen.

It should be enough mesh to last me for a while.

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If McMaster doesn't have it, it doesn't exist... http://www.mcmaster.com/
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I think I can get this stuff in 12x6" pieces... $12 shipped for 2 pc. PM me.




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Why not get fiberglass mesh? It's much cheaper. The same stuff we use to lower lighting on some tanks.
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Why not get fiberglass mesh? It's much cheaper. The same stuff we use to lower lighting on some tanks.
I think the idea is to get an all in one where you wont have to add any weight to the product. SS mesh is the only material I can think of that is heavy enough and will not leak anything into the tank. I have used the stainless steel strainer before but I wish they sold squares individually instead.

Well the snail trap is not working. Maybe wrong bait. I did not have cucumber or cabbage at home so I put some banana instead but they all climb to the wall of the tank. Maybe they know it is a trap. Will try one more night and observe. This time with cucumber which is recommended. ~ CHUNTC
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