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Old 07-17-2003, 08:53 PM   #1
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i have a 10g tank that is moderately planted. I only had a 15w flourescant, so i went to home depot. I got an 18" flourescant from there and put it with my other light on top of my tank. I also added some aluminum foil to the inside of the lights, does that help? I am thinking of getting some metal for the reflector soon. Well for, $5 for the light, i dont think it was bad. But are the bulbs from philips that are made for aquariums and plants ne good, because i have one of this with and aqua glow? DO u guys know ne other cheap wayz to for light? thanks, and i am a noob so dont be to harsh if my question is retarded.
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Old 07-17-2003, 09:19 PM   #2
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With two 15w fluorescent bulbs on your tank now, you've got about 3 watts per gallon. To me, that's just perfect. The phillips bulb you have that is designated for Aquariums and Plants is probably just fine. You've done a good job supplying the light. Now it is time to focus on the other nutrients - trace, CO2, potassium and eventually Nitrates and Phosphates.
Take it slow, though. Start with a decent trace mix like Seachem Flourish, Tropica Mastergrow, etc.
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Old 07-18-2003, 01:35 AM   #3
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Tin foil is a lousy reflector.
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Old 07-18-2003, 01:56 AM   #4
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Would chrome paint work? It comes in a spray can.
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Old 07-18-2003, 02:18 AM   #5
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White paint would work better than chrome paint.
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Old 07-18-2003, 04:11 PM   #6
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I usually use tremclad high heat flat white paint used for stuff like wood stoves and the life. This stuff works well for aquarium canopies where the heat and moisture can wreak havock on wood, etc...
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Old 07-18-2003, 05:40 PM   #7
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Where do you get that Gareth? I thought they always used powder coating for high heat applications.
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Old 07-18-2003, 06:39 PM   #8
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Walmart, Home Depot, Canadian Tire, paint stores, etc most chain stores should carry something that will do the trick :-)
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Old 07-19-2003, 02:02 AM   #9
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Tin foil is a lousy reflector.
Why do you say that, Rex? Are you saying one couldn't get it flat enough to evenly reflect the light in the right direction?
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Old 07-19-2003, 02:05 AM   #10
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NO, I'm saying that tin foil is a lousy reflector. Shine a flashlight on it and look at the reflection. It has a very rough surface and is a better diffuser of light than a reflector.
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