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Old 10-12-2009, 11:58 AM   #11
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I'm using a vinyl, it is more reflective than AL foil.... I was looking into trying to find a cheap mirror and cutting it with a glass cutter. That might be for my next project.
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:42 PM   #12
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I just did a 100 dollar build for less then 15 bucks.

t-12 fixture double( 8 bucks at depot) and a bulb retrofitted into my old housing( two t-12s fit just like 1 T8 bulb did.

Ill take pics didnt have time today.

I use foil tape, it reflects better then foil less then glass.
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:43 PM   #13
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cool. lets see the pics.
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Old 10-14-2009, 08:48 PM   #14
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Old 10-15-2009, 01:37 PM   #15
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Tin foil and Aluminum tape do a better job at scattering the light, you will most certainly notice that the tank is brighter but a lot of light is "wasted" passing out and through your glass. For a small amount more you could buy some individual t5 reflectors and bend them to match the girth of your t12s the reflectors are designed to force more light down in the depths of your tank. In tank PAR values will be better with a "shaped" reflector. I did the same build as you did with the CFLs on a pico reef tank, the corals responded much better to a modified wrap around reflector than to both the mirror approach(cut glass mirrors) and the white background approach. The same concept would improve any photosynthetic creatures performance I would expect. FWIW at least.
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wow make me feel like my tank lighting is so redneck I'll need to build a porch and put a sofa and junk cars on blocks for my tanks *lol*
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:51 PM   #17
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I found a hampton bay 5 socket bar light at the thirft store yesterday, 2.62, I got it and a few of those old switched power deals that nerds used to put under their computer monitors( individual timers and individual circuits no more strips!!!)

I am using the 5 light bar for my 40g T. If it wasnt for Rednecks, america would be broken.
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wow make me feel like my tank lighting is so redneck I'll need to build a porch and put a sofa and junk cars on blocks for my tanks *lol*
hey now... i have a couch on my porch... and a truck on blocks in the barn... dont be hatin
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wow make me feel like my tank lighting is so redneck i'll need to build a porch and put a sofa and junk cars on blocks for my tanks *lol*

dont forget the pink flamingos you aint redneck till you have pink flamingos!!!
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hehehe.... I should get a pic printed up of a redneck shack for the background of the 30g I am cycling.
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