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    What is the best reflective material for indoor terrariums?

    I'm about to start indoor terrarium growing (green-house style) and I was wondering what the best reflective material to put around the sides would be. Would white cardboard or aluminum foil work best?
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    aluminum foil would reflect best....but white cardboard will brobably look nicer and be easier to manage.
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    Since you're in Florida, I'm guessing that you don't care about insulation qualities (if so, there are foil backed foam board and/or rolls of a foil-covered bubble-wrap stuff). For pure reflectivity, mylar (think: space blanket) is tough to beat (& cheap).
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    mylar....hands DOWN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    Since you're in Florida, I'm guessing that you don't care about insulation qualities (if so, there are foil backed foam board and/or rolls of a foil-covered bubble-wrap stuff). For pure reflectivity, mylar (think: space blanket) is tough to beat (& cheap).
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    mylar....hands DOWN.

    Where can I buy mylar? Will the local Walmart have it?
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    Aluminum foil is prone to tear at worst and crinkling at best. Mylar is much better.

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    no - check out hydroponic stores

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    What properties do you want? In terms of reflectivity, mylar is probably the best choice, or foil of the two options you mention. If you want something that looks nice, a matte white is likely better. If you want something that will last a long time without problems, I suggest covering a hard surface like plywood with a product called panda film - it's bright white on one side, and black on the other, and is pest and disease resistant. If you're trying to improve light availability to your plants, a shiny metal surface is better, but you want something that's textured and not smooth, so that it will spread the light more evenly. In all likelihood, you'll need to go to a hydroponic supplier to do this right.
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