Netting to cover fish tank?

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    I have a 45 long that is going to be a FOWLR so I don't care as much about light getting through. I want it to hold a snowflake eel and some other fish. I have a huge HOB protein skimmer that makes covering the tank a biotch. So I was thinking of using some kind of netting or screen, but I figured the screen would rust. I don't want to use egg crate because I think the eel would find a way to escape. Any thoughts of what I may be able to use?
     
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    I have had several glass tops made at a local glass shop. The one for my 150 only cost $34. Just measure, order, and then silicone the two pices together with a fat bead across the top while they are on the tank. Also Home Depot has cabinet handles that work nice (I used some sweet brushed nickel ones). Just draw up a basic blue print that allows clearance for the skimmer and whatever else. The whole for the sklimmer will allow air circulation.

    (But I don't use the glass top in the summer, its egg crate time)
     
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    +1 Chris on the glass tops.
    Since its gonna be a FOWLR set up,the tops will work fine.
     
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    I picked upp some fiberglass screen netting and velcro and have fashioned it to the top of my tank. Working out pretty well except that I have to figure out how to make a door opening to feed the fish and how to fashion it around my protein skimmer without it sagging.
     
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    Can you post a picture of it?
     
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    Alto,

    I bought some netting from Acroholic on R2R.
    Here is a link to his DIY mesh screen top.

    I think he is charging less than $1.00 per sq. foot (you normally have to buy the netting in like 3000sq ft rolls...but he is cutting them down.

    First quality stuff....I bought a bunch for my new tank.
     
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