Flourescent tubes w/reflectors

> From: ljw at voyagerco_com (Larry West)
> My question is: Are the flourescent tubes with built-in or attached
> reflectors worth the extra couple bucks? Specifically, Coralife offers
> their Trichromatic with or without the reflector. In a hood without a
> really good reflector behind the tubes, would these tubes help me to put
> more of the light into the tank?

Not really.  The piece of silver tape they slap on the outside of the
tube only increases the output of the bulb in free space bu 5% and
prevents *any* kind of reflector from helping.  Not worth the extra $3
they charge. 

George Booth in Snowy Colorado