Is Chicken Wire Aquarium Safe?

_IceFyre_

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I'm trying to make a floating sort of island in my aquarium using chicken wire as the base. Is chicken wire aquarium safe? I'm hoping it is, because I have a whole roll of the stuff. If not, is there any way to make it aquarium safe?

Any input would be appreciated
 

James17

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No, it will rust and cause all kinds of problems.
I can't think of a way to make it safe either.
 
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_IceFyre_

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James17 said:
No, it will rust and cause all kinds of problems.
I can't think of a way to make it safe either.
Aw, that sucks. What if I coated it with clear nail polish or something similar?
 

James17

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IceFyre1414 said:
Aw, that sucks. What if I coated it with clear nail polish or something similar?
I wouldn't try it, what are you trying to float?
 

FishFish221

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Maybe use plastic light diffuse instead?
 

sfsamm

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There's lots of plastics that could be used! A home improvement store will have them in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
 

Geno

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I can't remember which store I saw it in but home depot or lowes has a plastic mesh similar to chicken wire would be fish safe should work the same.
 
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_IceFyre_

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James17 said:
I wouldn't try it, what are you trying to float?
I was trying to make something like this:

The person who made the scape said he used a grid for the base of the island and my mind immediately jumped to chicken wire.
I'm just mad at myself for not thinking this through before buying a huge roll of wire
I'll see if I can find some solid plastic mesh, the store I was at had plastic mesh but it was way too soft to hold its shape.
 

James17

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That does look just amazing.
 
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_IceFyre_

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I know, and I have tons of Java moss and little bits of driftwood so I'm excited to try it (if my parents let me get more netting:rolleyes. I was going to attach the grid to suction cups with crazy glue, tie the moss on with fishing line, and glue some driftwood on as well to make a couple of smallish islands.
Thanks for the help everyone!
 

James17

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Could you make styrafoam work? I think it would be safe.
 

TwoHedWlf

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There's a mesh used for needlepoint that's plastic and pretty cheap. I think it comes in a variety of colors too.
 
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_IceFyre_

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I was actually thinking of using styrofoam, but I was concerned about it showing through the moss and it would also probably be more difficult to attach the moss to. Maybe if I glued small pieces of gravel to it it would look better...
 

TexasDomer

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The mesh for needlepoint would be a great idea, or even egg crate (plastic, larger grid that you can get from a hardware store). You could superglue mesh or egg crate to styrofoam (to help it float), and attach the moss to the mesh or egg crate.
 

fishfiles

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Embroidery mesh like this? With the largest holes you can find. Could even cut them larger if needed.
I used one of these as a divider in my tank one time. Definitely sturdy enough (the hard plastic type).
 

Geno

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Use a piece of stainless steel mesh with a suction cup attatched to the back ,then grow whatever you like on it ,theres a you tube video on it .
 

Silister Trench

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IceFyre1414 said:
I was trying to make something like this:

The person who made the scape said he used a grid for the base of the island and my mind immediately jumped to chicken wire.
I'm just mad at myself for not thinking this through before buying a huge roll of wire
I'll see if I can find some solid plastic mesh, the store I was at had plastic mesh but it was way too soft to hold its shape.
He used a grid and siliconed hardscape to it with a type of arm holding it in place, which was mounted outside of the tank if I remember correctly. It gives the illusion that it's floating in the tank, while being fastened in place. I'd forget about "floating" the island, because a floating top-heavy island of hardscape and doom bouncing off the glass panels in a tank sounds like a really bad idea, and give the illusion it floats like the artist did.

I think TexasDomer gave you a great suggestion with egg crates,or the like, then you could apply one of those plastic mesh pieces to close the larger empty spaces.

If it were me I'd use the egg crates, and either wood or lava rock as a hardscape, using water-column-feeding plants like the artist did to cover it. That'd be the island. The problem is securing a floating island, without allowing it to float freely and bashing into your glass panels, scratching or chipping it.

If you want a real floating island you can use pumice stone. Eventually the stone will become waterlogged and sink, though.
 

TwoHedWlf

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fishfiles said:
Embroidery mesh like this? With the largest holes you can find. Could even cut them larger if needed.
I used one of these as a divider in my tank one time. Definitely sturdy enough (the hard plastic type).
That's the stuff! With a little work and a heat gun I think you could mold it too if you want a more complex shape than easilydone with eggcrate.
Silister Trench said:
If you want a real floating island you can use pumice stone. Eventually the stone will become waterlogged and sink, though.
Nah pumice you're only looking at days before it sinks. I have a football sized rock in my tank. Only took a weekish to sink. Nice and light in the tank though.
 
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_IceFyre_

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Thank you for the great suggestions everyone! Everything's closed today for the long weekend but I'll see if I can find some of the materials you suggested as soon as I can
 

Jocelyn Adelman

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Riccia makes a great floating island...



(Excuse the blue and orange gravel, my sons tank...no longer in existence)

I will see if I can grab a photo today of some the I have growing around water Sprite, changes the look with long roots hanging down and Sprite leaves inside....
 

Silister Trench

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Jocelyn Adelman said:
Riccia makes a great floating island...



(Excuse the blue and orange gravel, my sons tank...no longer in existence)

I will see if I can grab a photo today of some the I have growing around water Sprite, changes the look with long roots hanging down and Sprite leaves inside....
Off-topic a bit, but I'm impressed at the growth of plants under that Beamswork light.
 

Jocelyn Adelman

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On a 20long paired with a stingray.... tank was redone, riccia moved, lights replaced...
Truthfully though it grew there with the stingray primarily, added the beamswork when I realized it wasn't working for another tank..,
 

Silister Trench

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Jocelyn Adelman said:
On a 20long paired with a stingray.... tank was redone, riccia moved, lights replaced...
Truthfully though it grew there with the stingray primarily, added the beamswork when I realized it wasn't working for another tank..,
Okay - okay! See, that makes much more sense! I saw the Beamswork light on it, but it didn't have that weird, cold light and unblended color pattern of blues and greens.
 

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