I have never owned a saltwater setup, but I understand that if you want to keep some of those super light sensitive corals, every last lumen you can tickle out of your lighting system matters. For a setup like that high end reflectors might be critical, but for a cichlid tank the issue is less important. I bought the cheapest shoplights I could get a Home Depot - they come with basic, white reflectors - and painted the entire inside of the canopy with a high gloss white paint. The reflective properties of such a high gloss white surface are actually quite hard to beat!naegling23 said:thought about building a hood, but I was unsure about how to do the reflectors.
I've been told that before, and I still can't get anything to stick together that I attack with a soldering iron.naegling23 said:The key to soldering is just to make sure you heat the material.