Diy reflectors

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  1. magman

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    I want to eventually place a mirror under my hood to reflect the lights back, currently my hood is painted white with varnish, what would be a better reflecter untill I put a mirror in? Would tinfoil work?
     
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    Mirror is not a good reflector. Rather use alanod (highly polished aluminium) or decent reflectors
     
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    in the meantime, tinfoil untill I can upgrade?
     
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    Actually the white paint reflect better than tin foil.

    Yes that is true.

    Because of the wrinkles in the foil by the time you got it in. It reflect light in every direction. Where the white paint reflect in one direction.

    best is Alanod or proper reflectors
     
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    Thanks guys, appreciate it:thumbup:
     
  7. inflames

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    Hi Magman,

    I have been using a mirror for quiet some time and does help ALLOT with reflecting light back into the tank. But I do not have any coral that requires hectic lighting requirements! I actually bought Alanod this last Monday to make my own reflectors and modify my hood to add my MH's that I bought. You also get two types of Alanod...86% reflective and 92% reflective. The prices are different, but apparently the difference is huge! Will never know as I just bought the 92% reflective one! PM me if you want details!
     
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    Just a thought on using a mirror as a reflector....as the light travels through the glass the mirror have an effect on wavelenghts
     
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    I agree with Riaan. This is your best option.
     
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