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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-08-2014, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Fish Net Netting ...

hey guys ...
im trying to find a source for buying the netting that our handy dandy fish nets are comprised of. when i try to plug in "fish net" or "fish netting" into the search engine i get all kinds of lingerie type stuff if you know what i mean.
i dont mind looking at the pretty pictures but my wife might not buy my story.

anyone ever needed to buy this stuff and found a source?
not saying im looking for it in huge quantities but a little "sheet" of a yard or two x 2ft or 3ft
thanks in advance all!
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Fabric and craft stores would be my first choice.
Around here I would look at stores called Joanns, Hobby Lobby, and even Wal Mart had some fabrics and craft things a while ago. Not sure if they still do.

Google the term tulle and see what comes up.
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@Diana! - too funny ...
i just replied to your last comment in my previous post / thread. as soon as i get the chance, ill try searching tulle and see what results that yields. thanks again for chiming in.
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"Tulle fabric" will bring up the right stuff.
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If you have a hobby store, Hobby Lobby or Jo-Ann's Fabrics around there you can pick up a whole roll of that stuff. And if you get it at Hobby Lobby and it is not on sale (they rotate items every week), you can go to their website via smart phone and they have a 40% off coupon on one item.

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Wedding veil is the common name that I like for tulle. I find it at about a dollar a running yard at Wal-mart. That's a yard long and 60 wide so you can make a lot of stuff with that amount. Handy for lots of things beside the net. To cut the chase down when catching fish I use an eggcrate divider with net over it.
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any pros or cons / any thoughts on using this to fashion a cover for the aquarium?

thats actually what got me to thinking about this stuf in the first place.
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It is somewhat hard to work with if sewing. It tends to be easy to hang on the pressure foot and such. Sometimes a special zig-zag stitch is needed to make the seam stronger, depending on the use. For a "manly" way, wrapping it around a strip of screen bead and silicone will make a secure edge. Screen bead is the small strip of wood used to hold screen on wooden screen doors. It should stop most jumpers but I tend to forget it is not solid and try to lay things on it. NOT good! Very cheap as well as easy to put on/off the tank. A dollar and some time will let you have a try? Not a long lasting thing as wedding veils are only meant for one time use.
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any pros or cons / any thoughts on using this to fashion a cover for the aquarium?

thats actually what got me to thinking about this stuf in the first place.
Depending on your inhabitants, some fish like catfish (plecos, otos, etc) have tons of tiny spikes all over their rough hide (not a scaled fish) they can jump and get stuck against the stuff (like velcro) and get hurt trying to break free or just cruelly dry out and die inches above the water... many catfish species will periodically break the surface for a gulp of air, not necessarily because water oxygen content is low.. but it would make using that material dangerous.
I can't say how it would effect other fish, but I'd imagine scales could get snagged too...
But this is all speculations, I've not tried using the stuff myself.. though I did (stupidly) try to net otos from quarantine to their main tanks.. one got his face stuck on the netting and I had a hard time getting him loose and not hurting him (they're so tiny!) I grabbed a plastic drinking cup after that to nab the rest.

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Can this stuff be used to put lava rock in, as I am looking for something to put lava rock in to build some hills in my new tank. Thanks
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Tulle is pretty weak, it would probably work fine for a smaller net, but I don't know about a whole-tank cover, or a net for larger fish.

You could also try looking for insect/mosquito mesh, it tends to be a bit stronger then tulle. It's a bit harder to find, and probably quite a bit more expensive, but I've run across it in random fabric shops.
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This stuff is made specifically for the purpose of aquarium tops - 1/4" clear plastic netting.
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/clear-netting-1.html

You could also get bird netting (I think that's what it's called), and just double it up to ensure the holes are small enough to prevent fish-icide. You typically have to buy a huge roll of the stuff, but it's pretty cheap anyways.
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With any of these you can make a frame with window screening materials. Around here, most common is aluminum in any of 3 colors. (White, deep brown, silver- but get whichever you want, and you can spray paint it black or whatever you want)

Test fit the spline (rubbery stuff that you put into the slot in the frame) to be sure it is a snug fit. Most of the materials being discussed are thinner, lighter than window screen fabric, so the spline needs to fit well to hold it.

'Mosquito bar' is the name I have heard for the mesh that is fine enough to stop mosquitoes with a support structure.

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And then if you only want it as a tank topper, nylon window screen in aluminum framing is good, too. The weave is pretty dense to use for nets, though.
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thanks so much for all the suggestions and feedback guys ...
what are youre thoughts on its effectiveness in keeping out the dust and pet hair that might make it up there? i keep forgetting to stress this concern because im always talking about the lighting but it really is another factor. i HAVE seen pet hair make its way up there. when i go feed or clean or make a watyer change - im regularly cleaning them off the top there along with the dust.
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