Originally Posted by paulace2372
You are absolutely right, some of the very best reefs I have ever seen have been run on T5's. I would look to use a reflector of some kind - white guttering is cheap and works brilliantly for a DIY build.
Actually, I have chrome reflectors which will give an individual reflector for each lamp. It is a fixture that is designed for warehouses and to be mounted 30 feet off the floor. It was damaged in shipping and they told us to field scrap it and they would send us a new one. So, I field scrapped it to my garage. LOL I have cut it down in size width wise and I am in the process of building a nice wooden shroud for it. Then I will hang it over the aquarium.
While it may not be as good as a factory built one, it should do the trick just fine.