Stainless Steel Reflector

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  1. FransSny

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    Hi guys, Any steel boffs out there who could help me.

    I have a closed canopy on my tank and thus MH is not an option, thinking of "lining" the canopy with Bright Annealed stainless sheet....suppose to be very reflective / polished.

    could this work
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    it could, u can also use a product called alonod
     
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    Thanks Dallas,

    PTA is sow slow ...they havent even heard of Alanod. The reason for thinking stainless I can get it from guys very close to me ....no need to go to JHB for alanod

    Just call me lazy :p
     
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    It should work Frans - just cost some maintenance, every now and again - to clean dust, and salt spray off..... Alanod is 1st price, though.
     
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    Thanx Jacques....will probably have to get my but in the car then
     
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    It will work fine Frans! I had made some MH stainless steel reflectors sometime back and it worked well. So im pretty sure it will work with any other bulb.
     
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    Thanx Mek

    Gonna give it a shot , hopefully by the weekend and post some before / after pics
     
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    Can't wait to see your pics frans as I've got the same problem as you've got and i'm in the process of doing the same.
     
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    Why not just buy T5 reflectors, they cheap and they do the job ?
     
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    warren I have 8 x 80 T 5 s in total, a sheet would only cost R 285 in total and I can cover the whole canopy ...compared to R 125 odd each..cant remember what i paid for the 2 reflectors i have

    Sims remind me pls
     
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    Cool point taken. But remember, that a T5 reflector directs all the light downwards, where a flat sheet will reflect 180°
     
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    How about you do the sides of your canopy as well....

    My setup is much like yours so just playing with ideas at the mo
     
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    Good idea, the less light leakage the more light for the corals.
     
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    FransSny Thread Starter

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    Thanks warren...

    BTW hows the new build going ?
     
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    I think stainless is a great choice in material, it should last forever and not rust - just make sure you get a good grade, 3cr12 minimum. I'm sure if you took that sheet to an engineering firm they'd bend it in the shape of a commercial reflector for small change.....
     
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    Frans, where in PTA are you.

    I need to do the light fixture for my new playstation. I got 6*39W T5's Must still re-build it. What I got is the 3 balast units, end caps and globes. All working but mounted on a piece of chipboard. Heh do not laugh.
    I need to get Alanod myself. Let me know where you get it and at what price. I'm thinkink of asking an enginering firm to roll the alanod to make individual reflectors, with those at the front and back with one longer side. That I will just mount on alluminium profiles as found at Builders Warehouse.
     
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    NOT :p No time, too much work, and no money :(
     
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    Hi Riaan

    Im in centurion, going to speak to a old supplier of mine (i used to be a steel rep many moons ago !) from a co called pro trading in JHB (he specialises in non ferrous), see if he cant source for us & deliver to PTA ?

    Will keep you up to date
     
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    The supplier is called Arcona International, 14 Basil Road Ferndale - they are the only supplier of Alanod in SA. When I bought it was R270 for a piece 1250X1000 - 0.4mm thick (they have 1250x1600 and 1250x1800)

    Nice thing about Alanod is that you can cut it with a stanley knife as it is nice and soft - and bending is a doddle too

    Heard that you need to clean it a lot due to salt, but I have no issues thus far
     
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    Apparently maizeys makes a plastic mirror, anyone tried this ?
     
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