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Who has exp with lights side-by-side?

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Old 03-05-2010, 07:54 PM   #11
 
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Here's a link to a pic that would give you an idea. This shape of reflector apparently works quite well.

http://www.ahsupply.com/18_or_24_w_kits.htm
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:45 PM   #12
 
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See that's what I kinda had in mind you see how the inside is bend every 2" or whatever I was wondering if I bend up something similar for the SIDE part maybe that'll help the dim spot on the left?

Gee I hope anyone reading this understand what the heck I'm just talking about LOL
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:58 PM   #13
 
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I'd get to drawing on MS Paint or something and post it but I am stupid in that department. If you could gather some light and reflect it towards where you need it then yeah. Should work. Even a small reflector positioned in the right spot could gather and throw it on target. Hmmm, lighting sounds like baseball now.
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:07 PM   #14
 
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Shoot worst case: I'll get the 400 watts light from the backyard in....bet ya there ain't NO MORE dim spot left in the tank

I'll bend & built & fiddle around 2mrw see what new creation I can come up with lol so if I ain't back 2mrw night I had to use power tools and it went wrong
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:15 PM   #15
 
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Lol. I did a "shouldn't have tonight myself". Took glass cover off and re did those stem plants with light still on tank. Being the light that sits on the glass covers and one was off, yeah. One bump and the end falls in the water. ZIP!
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:18 PM   #16
 
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Been there & done that lol....you know what I then did next...in worries of my FISH I reached right into the tank to grab the lights and as it wouldn't be bad enough in itself.....it was while we lived overseas so it was 220 volts.....not very smart.....sometimes I really do "earn" my hair color
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Old 03-08-2010, 07:24 PM   #17
 
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My solution was simple although some may not like this layout. I put a tall piece of driftwood just about in the center of the tank. It makes it less noticable that the center is dark since the wood is dark. I've since replaced those two 24" fixtures with 1- 4'. But the driftwood is still in the same spot.
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Old 03-08-2010, 07:53 PM   #18
 
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I totally forgot to update here hadn't I? After fiddling around with bending the flashing and trying to not completely cut myself up I figured if I use tin foil to make the shape first to then have it lay outside with me that'd help me work the flashing better and while doing that I'm like heck let's see what double layered tin foil does - Works GREAT the super "dark side" on the right is gone the center is still a LIL dimmer then the rest I(!!!) thing but hubby say's I just got a picky eye.
But anyway it works for right now with the foil and long run whenever I don't have 5 mio things on a to do list already I wanna built another wood hood like I did for the 55g and have a 4ft light on it then).
That project gotta move after the 30g to be built now thou.....lol
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Old 03-08-2010, 09:14 PM   #19
 
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The only problem with tin foil, wait... Do you mean aluminum foil? As in Renyold's aluminum foil? If so it is a diffuser not a reflector.
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:22 AM   #20
 
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Uhm yea...the normal stuff you use in your kitchen for cooking too!? It works to make the tank brighter - Not a good idea?
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