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Old 10-05-2011, 04:20 PM   #1
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T5 reflector question

This is my light Odyssea T5 Aquarium Lighting. My tank is a 44 gal corner pentagon. When I started this hobby was not sure which way I was gonna go and now of course im wanting to add some types of coral. Im told the light as is would support mushrooms and LPS. I have also been told that adding individul reflectors would increase my options. The light as is has only one reflector for all bulbs. I have been searching the web and have found zero reflectors for an 18 in bulb. Anyone know of any options. Should I just upgrade the light. I really dont have a ton of money to work with, If i get longer reflectors are the easy to cut down and add clips. Thanks in advance for your help
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:38 PM   #2
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anyone have any thoughts on this?
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:13 PM   #3
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are you sure you can fit individual reflectors in that fixture? are the lamps far enough apart?
you can buy 48" reflectors and cut them to fit. i would just screw them to the underside of the fixture above the lamps, instead of using the clips.

i would want a different fixture. how about looking for a used one?
you could put a single 250 watt halide over that tank and it would solve your problems.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:02 AM   #4
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Thx. I'm prob gonna go with new fixture maybe delegate this to a 10gal in the future. It seems like wherever I have tried to save money I end up spending more in the end. I should have gotten the mh to start with. I was pretty sure coral was gonna be added. Oh well. Thanks for the help
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There is a couple of things to look for when you go for MH make sure it has a fan or you can put a fan on your tank someway. The do sell fans that actually clip on the tank. Then the bulbs make sure they will work well with the ballast, I got an off name brand of bulb and when it came on it took forever to power up fully.
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