Yes, the tank is a bit cloudy.
Yes, this tank is new and has plenty of growing to do
Many people do not fully understand how important a relfector is with a planted tank. To
drive this point deep, I decided to take a photographic approach to it. Below are pictures taken of various "reflector" setups with static camera conditions (Aperature=3.0, Shutter=1/13thsecond, no flash...obviously
) The DIY reflector was a geometric solution to eliminate restrike with my screw in compact bulbs.
To Learn more about my DIY reflector, Go HERE
1) My DIY reflector with some some scraps used as side reflectors (look at the right corner to easily see the difference between #1 and #2)
2) Just the main DIY reflectors
3) 90 Brightness inkjet paper lined inside an incadecent hood
4) Plain incadecent hood no reflector in the incandecent hood
5) Bulbs sitting on the hood
The pictures should speak for themselves
(Note: I kick my self for not remembering Aluminum foil before moving the camera. I don't
want to reshoot, but I can tell you that aluminum foil was not much of an improvement over a plain hood)
The top pictures are #1 to #5 going left to right.
The top row is the left corner of the tank.
The bottom row is the center of the tank.
The LINKS below are the complete pictures.