Spee-D reflectors - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-18-2012, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Auburn, AL
Posts: 175
Spee-D reflectors

So i have been using a terrible aluminum foil cardboard reflector in my 20 gallon tank with dual t5's for a few months now and decided it was time for a serious reflector. I was shopping at Home Depot for some sheet aluminum because I figured it would be easy to bend into the proper shape and rather reflective. Instead of using aluminum I stumbled upon this stuff which seems to be perfect for reflectors.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

Now you will notice it has a perfect D shape up until the lip where it bends back in for about an inch in height. Not a problem.... take a saw of your choice to it where it creases back in and run down the lenght of the channel and you have a perfect D shape reflector. It comes in 4 and 10 foot sections and can be a bit pricey, but its pvc so its easy to cut and work with. I have noticed a considerable difference in my plant growth and lighting after putting a single t5 each in one of these. I also lined the inside with aluminum duct work tape to make it more reflective, though im sure white paint will work well too. I can post pictures of my setup and what I'm talking about if anyone is interested.
SejRamkas is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-18-2012, 02:41 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
proaudio55's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Blaine, Minnesota
Posts: 641
Sounds like a good build! be sure to post pics
proaudio55 is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-18-2012, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Auburn, AL
Posts: 175
I'll post some pictures later tonight when I have the time to take some and upload them!
SejRamkas is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

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

Password:


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

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










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



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