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11-12-2012 05:38 AM
dbl_dbl17 Thanks for the heads up! Bulbs will be here Thursday. Is there any reason I should be concerned when it comes to the heat from the bulbs being close to the plastic? They won't be touching and I'm going to add vent slits but I'm still worried.
11-10-2012 11:15 AM
Sotty I'm not sure if you decided on a reflector yet. The ones from AH supply are very nice. I had 4 36 inch retrofit power compact kits over my 150 gallon. If you go this route, beware they edges are razor sharp. I cut myself fairly badly on one.

Sounds like you don't need to spend that kind of money on them since your tank isnt that deep, but thougt i'd throw in my 2 cents and say how pleased I was with mine.
11-10-2012 11:04 AM
Sotty delete double post
11-10-2012 03:36 AM
Diana I have used gutter to make a cover for the bare light bulbs. It is not the right shape (parabolic) to make a good relector, no matter what treatment you do. I stuck 'peel and stick' mylar tape to some of them and spray painted the others with a silver paint.
At least they shade the light from entering the rest of the room, but I think more of it is absorbed by the gutter rather than getting redirected into the tank.

So... if you have overdone the lights, and simply want something so you are no blinded by the light that is sitting on top of the tanks, gutter is the way to go.

I got the stuff that is brown on the outside, and it looks better than the white, but I have not seen it lately.
11-09-2012 08:41 PM
Hoppy Mirrors are accurate reflectors. You can see details very well when viewing a reflected image from a mirror, but that reflection may be made up of only 70% of the incident light. A polished aluminum reflector can reflect 95% or more of the incident light, but the image may be wavy or otherwise inaccurate. We want a reflector that redirects as much of the incident light as possible towards the tank, but we don't care at all whether the reflected image is accurate. Older mirrors can even reflect less than half of the incident light, as the silver coating on the back gets oxidized.
11-09-2012 12:05 PM
MrBrongher
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Glass mirrors are poor reflectors. There is a big difference between a household mirror and a good reflector.
Explain, please. Is it something to do with the difference between visible light and photosynthetically useful light? I thought mirrors were, by definition, good reflectors.
11-09-2012 05:06 AM
Hoppy Glass mirrors are poor reflectors. There is a big difference between a household mirror and a good reflector.
11-09-2012 01:38 AM
Joshisdabest It could mar slightly, but really not enough to worry about. You would only need a few dabs to take care of it.
11-09-2012 01:37 AM
hobos Don’t use silicone caulking to secure mirrored glass after a few weeks the silicone will start to react with the reflective coating on the glass marring it
11-09-2012 01:17 AM
Joshisdabest What about just cutting a mirror and using adhesive silicone inside the gutter to create a reflector? You're angles wouldn't be perfect, but you can get them pretty close with this method. A long mirror like you hang on the back of the door wouldn't be any more than $15 or so even in Canada.
11-08-2012 04:02 AM
Rene02
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I live in Canada, everything is expensive :P
I second this statement.
11-08-2012 03:10 AM
dbl_dbl17 Well I've ordered the T5HO ballast. Will post some pics once everything is put together!
11-07-2012 11:25 PM
Hoppy
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What if I used regular T5? Would this be smarter? I could also install a T8 ballast.
That would be such a far out guess that I won't even attempt it.
11-07-2012 04:04 AM
dbl_dbl17
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Two T5HO bulbs, using a good quality, full HO power ballast, with great reflectors, will probably give you around 120 micromols of PAR at 20 inches. Since the great reflectors approximately triple the light from the bulbs, that means you should get around 40 micromols of PAR without any reflectors. That is a bit high for a non-CO2 tank, but if you use Excel it might work ok.
What if I used regular T5? Would this be smarter? I could also install a T8 ballast.
11-07-2012 12:45 AM
Hoppy Two T5HO bulbs, using a good quality, full HO power ballast, with great reflectors, will probably give you around 120 micromols of PAR at 20 inches. Since the great reflectors approximately triple the light from the bulbs, that means you should get around 40 micromols of PAR without any reflectors. That is a bit high for a non-CO2 tank, but if you use Excel it might work ok.
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