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Old 02-26-2012, 12:42 PM   #1
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Painting Tank White!!

I've heard that painting the underside of the hood white, helps to reflect light around the tank. My aquarium hood is black, would painting it white make any difference, as my lighting is low light?

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Old 02-26-2012, 12:43 PM   #2
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What kind of lights are you using, and is this for growing plants?
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Just a standard bulb that came with the tank, 15watts 6500k. Yeah for growing plants, Crypts and anubia's, polysperma, mainly.
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T8 florescent, or incandescent?

What size tank?

My initial reaction is painting the hood is not going to do much at all. While it is true that White will reflect more light than black, at 15W with no reflectors, it just is not going to make much difference at all.
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i think it will appear to brighten up the tank or light more of the tank but not as much to make a difference to the plants.
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It's a T8 Fluorescent. I thought as much, I just thought I'd check before I went ahead with it.

If I were to paint the hood white, what kind of paint would I need to use? Could it just be any emulsion, or gloss I find around the house, or should I look out for a specific type that won't poison my fish when condensation drips off it?

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Old 02-26-2012, 05:46 PM   #7
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what if you were to paint the hood silver would that work?
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:08 AM   #8
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Hi, you could try to do your own reflector instead of painting the hood. I used duct tape, the one you find on a kitchen connecting your exhaust system to the pipe. It's made of aluminium so it's reflective silver much like a mirror. And best of all it's really low cost it worked on my light fixture.. ^.^
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At that point try aluminum foil just to see if you find any difference. Shinny side out

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Hi, you could try to do your own reflector instead of painting the hood. I used duct tape, the one you find on a kitchen connecting your exhaust system to the pipe. It's made of aluminium so it's reflective silver much like a mirror. And best of all it's really low cost it worked on my light fixture.. ^.^
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I vote for foil too!
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