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Old 09-10-2018, 05:17 PM
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I’ve seen this referenced in MANY posts, none of which I can find now. Most people take the metal screens off the top of exp Terra’s and replace it with glass and a fine mesh. What is the name of the mesh so I can purchase it?
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No-see-um netting.

Example: https://www.amazon.com/Equinox-LIB14...see+um+netting

Not sure if that is the best price but it gives you a starting point
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Fiberglass window screen is commonly used but has a relatively coarse mesh and flies can sometimes get out (or in). Another option is No-Seeum mesh that has a much finer mesh and won't let flies in and out. It's a good idea to get rid of the metal screen because it will eventually rust. I like to tear out the metal screen but still use the plastic frame/insert in case I want to work on the tank in the future without the lid on.

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No-see-um netting.



Example: https://www.amazon.com/Equinox-LIB14...see+um+netting



Not sure if that is the best price but it gives you a starting point


How is light penetration for this product?


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It allows some light through like a window screen but its not under the lights in my vivariums so it does not obstruct the light coming in from the light fixtures.

In most of my vivs the vent is 1 1/2 - 2 inch in the top front (exo-terra) or top back (aquarium)
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The total light penetration through no-seeum mesh is less than through glass, but the UV penetration is better: Glass completely prevents UV from passing through, but the light which gets through the mesh is unfiltered. If you are using a fluorescent light, then you can take advantage of this by placing the light right over the mesh. Some UV gets through, and your frogs will benefit.
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How about vs just regular window screening?


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I use phifer pet screen. It's like noseeum but a lot more durable.

Here's a thread on screen size. Max air flow vs insect proof
https://www.dendroboard.com/forum/pa...ze-screen.html
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I tried window mesh and no-see-um, but both were too coarse, and I kept finding fungus gnats (which i can't seem to get rid of) climbing straight through the holes.

My best solution was to go to the fabric store (Joanne's around here) and get the finest fabric mesh they had. It was something like $2.99 a yard, and I only needed about 1/3 yard. You can ask the ladies at the counter for bridal mesh or fine mesh and they'll point you to exactly what you're looking for.

I silicone'd the fabric straight to the glass/plastic areas that needed coverage, and I haven't had any escapees since.

here's a link to what I think is the fabric I ended up buying, so you know what it looks like https://www.joann.com/utility-fabric...q=mesh&start=1
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That's awesome you found your solution at JOANN's. I go in there with my wife every few months, helping pick fabric for curtains or pillow cases or whatever she's into at the moment. I swear, I always find myself looking at the gauzy stuff, thinking about fungus gnat barriers. They have lots of options for such an application - different materials, mesh sizes, and colors. I haven't pulled the trigger yet, but I know where I'm headed when I can't take the little bastards any more.
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I tried window mesh and no-see-um, but both were too coarse, and I kept finding fungus gnats (which i can't seem to get rid of) climbing straight through the holes.

My best solution was to go to the fabric store (Joanne's around here) and get the finest fabric mesh they had. It was something like $2.99 a yard, and I only needed about 1/3 yard. You can ask the ladies at the counter for bridal mesh or fine mesh and they'll point you to exactly what you're looking for.

I silicone'd the fabric straight to the glass/plastic areas that needed coverage, and I haven't had any escapees since.

here's a link to what I think is the fabric I ended up buying, so you know what it looks like https://www.joann.com/utility-fabric...q=mesh&start=1
Thank you for this! I never thought about Joanne's for this type of fabric. I never bought the no seeum as I couldn't justify buying a roll of it. I can just get a yard of this and it will last me forever. Lol
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