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Old 03-22-2009, 09:28 AM   #131
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I finished up this project yesterday. I'm very happy with how everything turned out.

Here's the old reflectors. Well not really old since I only bought them 1 yr ago when I setup the tank.


The new reflectors in place.


And everything set back up and running.
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:30 AM   #132
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Tank looks great. I just have a question about the stands. Is the vertical supports close to your doors just toe nail in? I am thinking about building a stand for a 125 and hoping to save a little money over buying one. Thanks
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:55 AM   #133
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Well I see you have everything all set. I'll be there tomorrow to pick everything up. lol. Tank looks amazing! I've been following this for over a year...man oh man it's a long thread...lol.
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Tank looks great. I just have a question about the stands. Is the vertical supports close to your doors just toe nail in? I am thinking about building a stand for a 125 and hoping to save a little money over buying one. Thanks
Yes, just toe nailed with a dab of construction adhesive. The stand has no lateral pressure so their not going to move. Everything is nailed and glued.
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Well I see you have everything all set. I'll be there tomorrow to pick everything up. lol. Tank looks amazing! I've been following this for over a year...man oh man it's a long thread...lol.
Thanks. Long thread, but hopefully it has some info that can be useful to others.
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Thanks.
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:59 PM   #136
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It really has been useful that's for sure.
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Old 03-23-2009, 03:55 PM   #137
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It's difficult to tell in the pics but can you see a difference with these reflectors?
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:09 PM   #138
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Oh yeah. The difference is unreal. Way more light is now directed directly down into the tank. According to Sanjays tests, I can get up to 3x more PAR with these new reflectors over the old parallel reflectors I was using before. I had to cut down the time the MH's are on to 4 hrs/day and will gradually build it back up.
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what are you using to cut the material when you make those reflectors? I tried using some tin snips when i did some small mods on my reflector but it was rather sloppy and difficult to use.
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Too bad you don't have a PAR meter to measure the results, they look great though, good work!
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