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Re: [APD] Pseudo AH Supply Reflector

It looks great! Can you break down the cost & compare it buying the
AH supply pre-made?
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Vaughn Hopkins<mailto:hoppy1 at surewest_net> 
  To: aquatic digest<mailto:Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com> 
  Sent: Saturday, February 19, 2005 12:25 PM
  Subject: [APD] Pseudo AH Supply Reflector

  I now  have the light fixture completed.  Below are three more pictures 
  of the final product, on my 29 gallon tank, on the stand I built, but 
  the stand still needs to be finished.  I used Luan Door Skins, from 
  Home Depot for the outer surface of both the stand and canopy.  The 
  canopy is made of 1/4" hardboard, with a layer of the Luan glued on, 
  and the stand is made of 2 X 3's with the Luan on the outer surfaces.  
  This is really cheap "mahogany", but it looks good either stained or 
  just clear coated, which I am doing.


  You can see from the pictures that I was only barely successful at 
  gluing the aluminized mylar to the reflector - lots of wrinkles.  But, 
  I still get a pretty good reflection, which does increase the light 
  entering the tank, and spreads it out over most of the tank water 
  surface.  I used cheap T8 bulbs, with a three light electronic ballast. 
    And, the cover glass, which is acrylic, is attached to the bottom of 
  the light fixture, so the tank is completely open with the light raised 
  Now, I have to wait 6 months until we move to another house, before I 
  can continue to set up the planted aquarium.  Fortunately, at my age, 
  time goes pretty fast.

  Here is another progress photo of my pseudo-AH reflector setup.  The  
  next step is to epoxy on the mylar solar blanket.

  On Thursday, February 10, 2005, at 02:59 PM, Vaughn Hopkins wrote:

  I just uploaded a couple of photos of my reflector as it sits now.   
  They are at:

  I will add to these as I make more progress.

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