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    Roughing up the screens, another option?

    Newbie here with one of "those" questions....

    Dont know if its been tried or discussed, and it would be more expensive, BUT, what about using multiple strips of velcro hooks attached to a larger surface for the screen? It wouldn't provide much in the way of allowing algae to grow through to multiple levels, but I can't think of anything else pre-canned that is rougher and designed to grab. I suspect the hardest part might be keeping it on the larger surface.

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    Re: Roughing up the screens, another option?

    You can try it, but you'd want to epoxy it, and not sticky it. You kind of end up with the same problem when cleaning though... you have to be gentle and not remove all the algae.

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    Re: Roughing up the screens, another option?

    Having done the hole saw thing, Im not sure you can best it.. Why improve on the wheel?

    I am trying a very FINE plastic canvas/mesh that I hope will do the trick even better as well.... pictures shortly to come tomorrow.

    I think that the roughed up canvass for now is the way to go.. course Im a gnoob so take it with a grain of salt.. hahahah

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    Re: Roughing up the screens, another option?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlgaeNator
    Why improve on the wheel?
    Because without improving on the wheel, sites like this would never exist and we would all still think that white was the natural color of coral... :lol:

    Yeah, think I'm gonna test it out. Should be able to get something built this weekend. I used a hole saw on my current one, and although it seems to be working, I think it could be better.

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    Unhappy Velcro for growing media ?

    Ok, did anyone ever try the hook or loop of Velcro for an algae substrate growing media ? :?:

    I need to know if it worked. If no one has I will try it.

    Thanks. Oh, and Merry Christmas to all.
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    Re: Roughing up the screens, another option?

    So what are the other different ways in roughing up plastic canvas besides the hole saw?

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    Re: Roughing up the screens, another option?

    I couldn't find my hole saw and sandpaper wasn't doing enough so I used a drywall screw to scratch it up pretty good. But I agree that scratching it up is so simple and easy that using velcro seems unnecessary. Still, I'd like to hear how it turned out.

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    Re: Roughing up the screens, another option?

    A straight saw will work too, you just have to be more careful.

    Nobody has tried velcro yet; not sure if it would disolve or not, plus it might be wavey.

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    Re: Roughing up the screens, another option?

    It should not dissolve as it is a synthetic material, polyester and nylon.
    I plan on using just the hook format, which is nylon. I believe the hooks would
    provide the same type surface as roughening a piece of nylon mesh.

    It would be attached to a both side of a plexiglass sheet with a suitable water proof adhesive.
    The plexiglass would give it rigidity, so it could stand alone with out any supporting structure or attachments.
    With the exception of proximity to spray or flow bar (water source).

    Thoughts ?? :?:
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    Re: Roughing up the screens, another option?

    I think any adhesive will let go after a while.

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