Please advise: good T8 reflector? - The Planted Tank Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-08-2004, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Posts: 5
Please advise: good T8 reflector?

Does anyone have a recomendation of a good reflector to use for 4 36" T8's in a 2 by 2 pattern? That is two rows of two stretched out over a six foot span. Thanks!
Andrew is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-08-2004, 08:12 AM
Are these real?
Wasserpest's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Monterey, CA
Posts: 15,385
Hi Andrew, welcome to the Planted Tank!

I don't know any commercial ones available for purchase. There is one with a flat back, but the shape isn't really good for reflecting light into the tank.

There are excellent ones for T5 bulbs, but they don't fit the T8 ones. sells reflectors for power compacts which might be a good solution. 4 of the reflectors for their 96W kits should do some nice reflecting. I believe they sell them separately for a reasonable price.

A cheap solution would be to use white 4" PVC pipe, cut it in half, and place each single bulb inside.

Other members have probably better solutions, I know that one (Steve?! where are you?) is using polished alu reflectors for T8's.
Wasserpest is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-14-2004, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Posts: 5
Thanks for the reply, and the welcome. Sorry it took so long for me to reply to my own thread! Between work and painting the house....

I kind of figured I may have to end up DIYing something. The AHSupply idea is a good one, I will check that out.

Monterey, eh? Nice area. I used to be at Ft. Ord before they closed it down. The turned it into a University, didn't they?

Thanks again!
Andrew is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
millennium 3000 filters any good? LaZy_JoKeR Equipment 1 09-25-2004 07:49 PM
Planted Tank Chat Transcripts! KyleT General Planted Tank Discussion 0 02-26-2004 10:20 PM
The importance of a good reflector: A photographic Study Gomer Equipment 15 10-02-2003 01:41 PM
Source for a good DIY reflector. mario Lighting 3 07-12-2003 10:59 PM
Today I learned the value of a good reflector GDominy Lighting 15 04-02-2003 02:17 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome