quick lighting question

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  1. CashMoney

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    hey guys
    got a question about reflectors... i got 5 t5 lights in at the moment but got no reflectors! do i need them and how much would they help?
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    CashMoney - yes. You do need them. You are losing at least 60% of your light radiance power.
     
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    thanks man... would that not increase the algea growth in my tank at al?
     
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    Lighting does not cause algae growth. If there are high nutrients in your tank, that is high phosphates and nitrates, that will bring about all nasty algae's with strong lighting assisting it. :)
     
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    Yep mek is right algae does thrive in strong lighting but the light is needed for your corals to survive,so max your lighting(reflectors are important) and keep your nitrates and phos low and you'll have no algae issues.
     
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    I agree with Jacques and Mekaeel
     
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    thanks guys defintly going to make a plan to get it done:thumbup:
     
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    i have 6 t5s and busy building a DIY lighting unit.i got my reflectors from voltex in fitzpatrick road.they were R69.90 each...the only thing is they are a little bit wide.they are 1.2 in lenth and about 120mm in width.;)
     
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    wouldnt any shiny metal do? or is ther a spefic type you need??
     
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    Clinton, you could put two bulbs in one reflector if you have a space problem
     
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    most metals would rust quite easily,thats why you need highly reflective aluminium or alunod
     
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    ok thanks, will get to work on that:)
     
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    oh and please note that highly reflective stainless steel is easily available BUT IT WILL RUST EASILY IN A MARINE TANK,so dont make the assumption that it wont,I've verified this with the rust institute of SA.
     
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    ok thanks, will make sure i get the right stuff:thumbup:... :peroni:
     
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