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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-18-2012, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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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.


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.
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Sounds like a good build! be sure to post pics
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I'll post some pictures later tonight when I have the time to take some and upload them!
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