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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-08-2006, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Light reflector material

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I am new to this forum and not really into fish, but have been lurking for a while trying to get ideas for an orchidarium I would like to build. I have found a lot of valuable info, and who knows...fish may be next.

I would like to give back something. I've read threads about people using pop cans and turning potatoe chip bags inside out trying to reflect light.

I don't know if anyone has tried it yet or if it would give enough reflective value, but you may want to look into printing press plates. The back of the aluminium plates is clean and shiney. Depending on the press size, they can be as large as about 40" x 26" flat sheet. They are very thin (big cut hazzard) and can be worked fairly easily. Most print shops recycle them, but if you asked, I doubt you would have any problems getting a few for free.

I plan to use them in my orchid case to see how they work, but that won't be for a while yet so I don't think I will be able to provide feedback. Give it a try...it may be a good solution.
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or you can buy a baloon ($1) and turn it in side out
the mylar is highly reflective


FYI mylar is used on moon landing units

However, there's always a however.
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The thin mylar used for baloons and thermal blankets doesn't work very well as a reflector. I tried the thermal blanket and it started shedding the aluminum coating very quickly. If you decide to use that, get the heavier stuff, like the 3 to 5 mil thickness. Better yet, just buy AHS reflectors.

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If you don't have the tools to work with aluminum you can get heavier mylar from hydroponics supply houses, they may hold up better that the lightweight stuff on blankets and balloons.
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