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Gripes on Reflector Material
Even though we've got such a peaceful, flameless week on the go here,
I've got to throw in my piece of experience. Sorry for the downer, but
it may save you some grief.
I've one piece of experience with white plastic as a reflector. I had a
hood running for about two years(mostly with power-glo bulbs) that had
white plastic as the reflector. I went to change the bulb a few months
back and the inside of the hood fell out onto the top of the canopy.
The plastic had become so brittle since I last changed the bulb(6 or 8
months) that any place light had direct contact with had no strength
My assessment of the failure is that the Power-Glo bulbs with pretty
high frequency light must have degraded the strength of the plastic. I
do have another identical 24 inch hood running over another tank that
has absolutely no problems. And this is far from a blanket statement on
white plastic, there's probably as may types of it as there is
I emailed all-glass aquarium with the serial number and details and they
informed me that they didn't make anything like that and that their
products wouldn't fail like that. They claim this even though their
sticker and serial number are on the back of the hood.
This is not the internet terrorism of a helpless company, it is the
truth about the product and how the company reacted. It is for you and
your fishes good, neither of us was electrocuted(sp), I count my lucky
stars. If you object to this method, please email me privately so that
we may save the list the grief.
Now, on with the happy dialogue about other things.
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