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    I use reflective insulation in my vault, but that's because I needed insulation. The mylar that they put on it was just a bonus. But it's very weak, any water that gets on it will stain and remove the reflective nature. This happens to other thin mylar 'films' as well.

    If you can keep water away from it, it works pretty well:
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    If you can't, then it will just turn to insulation:
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    I've been using PandaFilm for a couple years now... works great!
    Plants seem to be getting more light than when I used the aquarium mirror backing.
    Pretty thick, durable stuff too.
    If I remember right it was pretty pricey though. Was worth it for me.

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    I have used panda film since I've been growing CPs. Love it.
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    I ordered a 10 ft x 25 ft roll of the 6mil Panda Film on Saturday to cover my new plant shelf. I won't need that much but it was the best price deal. Was only $26 including free ground shipping so not bad. Top two shelves will be mini-cacti and succulents and bottom will be Dews, Utrics and warm growing mini orchids and the smallest Neps like campanulata and an all red amp if I can find them.

    It will be nice not to have any light leakage, I'll start having to use room lamps. I always just use them after the terrariums all shut off. Does Panda Film really block all the light if everything is closed up? Did you put a zipper on yours for access? How do you attach it? Silicone glue?

    Do the stick-on velcro strips work? I tried to attach the stick-on velcro to a plastic painters drop cloth covered wood frame terrarium and the adhesive didn't hold at all to the sheeting.

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    I use 2mm Mylar.

    http://www.americanag.com/ - On the left, run a search for Mylar. It's the cheapest I've ever found, and shipping is free. The 2mm is really easy to work with.

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