T5HO Fluorescent: Proven Lighting For Your Reef Aquarium

If you are looking for an economical and proven way to light your reef tank, a T5 lighting system is a great option. Not only does it offer the lowest up-front cost of all lighting systems, it is also what many SPS gurus rely on to grow out and color up Acroporas and many other stony corals. While not as efficient as LED lighting in terms of operating costs, T5 lighting does have some great benefits. Since the dawn of reef keeping, we have been using fluorescent lights to grow all types of corals. The color options and UV spectrums promote growth and really bring out the color in your corals. With all of the different bulbs available, it is easy to manipulate the color in your aquarium by simply changing out a bulb. Because of the shape of the lamps and the way light is spread, T5 lighting illuminates your tank evenly resulting in minimal shadows and brilliant color. If not the sole source of lighting, T5 lights can also be a great supplemental light. For years we have used fluorescent lights to supplement metal halide lights. With the recent boom in LED lights, we are starting to see a trend in using T5 and LED’s together which is proving to be a great way to overcome some of the pitfalls of LED lights such as shadowing, loss of color, and uneven light spread. We installed the AquaticLife 4 Lamp T5HO Light Fixture on our office aquarium. This is one of our most popular and best selling light fixtures. My favorite feature is the built in timer which allows you the achieve the dawn/dusk effect, custom time schedules and it means it only has one power cord. It comes with a full set of AquaticLife T5 lamps, German-made reflectors to maximize the light directed to your aquarium and includes mounting legs which allows you to easily place the fixture on the top of your aquarium. The bulb combination you see at 1:56 in the video is the AquaticLife lamps that come standard with the T5 fixture. We also carry a wide selection of other popular brand name T5 lamps including ATI, Geisemann, Red Sea, and UVL. We also installed some ATI bulbs you can see at 2:06 in the video just to give you an idea of how you can achieve different lighting spectrums by changing up the bulbs. When choosing a combination of bulbs for your aquarium, the options are almost endless. This is pretty awesome because you can tailor the color in your tank to your liking. With all of the options, it can be a little confusing when shopping for bulbs so we came up with this helpful chart to make choosing the right lamps a little easier. You can always give our customer service team a call as well as we love hearing from our customers and are happy to help you get the right lamps for your tank. In summary, don’t let the allure of LED lights completely steer you away from this proven method of lighting a reef tank. If you have questions or need help, we are always available to give you a hand. Please don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel in order to get the latest reef hobby and product news. Until next time, take care and happy reefkeeping. Click here to see all of the T5 Lighting aquarium products available at Marine Depot: http://goo.gl/BVodi4 Click here to get our best deals, product how-to's and expert tips delivered weekly to your inbox: http://goo.gl/OacNAU

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If you are looking for an economical and proven way to light your reef tank, a T5 lighting system is a great option. Not only does it offer the lowest up-front cost of all lighting systems, it is also what many SPS gurus rely on to grow out and color up Acroporas and many other stony corals. While not as efficient as LED lighting in terms of operating costs, T5 lighting does have some great benefits. Since the dawn of reef keeping, we have been using fluorescent lights to grow all types of corals. The color options and UV spectrums promote growth and really bring out the color in your corals. With all of the different bulbs available, it is easy to manipulate the color in your aquarium by simply changing out a bulb. Because of the shape of the lamps and the way light is spread, T5 lighting illuminates your tank evenly resulting in minimal shadows and brilliant color. If not the sole source of lighting, T5 lights can also be a great supplemental light. For years we have used fluorescent lights to supplement metal halide lights. With the recent boom in LED lights, we are starting to see a trend in using T5 and LED’s together which is proving to be a great way to overcome some of the pitfalls of LED lights such as shadowing, loss of color, and uneven light spread. We installed the AquaticLife 4 Lamp T5HO Light Fixture on our office aquarium. This is one of our most popular and best selling light fixtures. My favorite feature is the built in timer which allows you the achieve the dawn/dusk effect, custom time schedules and it means it only has one power cord. It comes with a full set of AquaticLife T5 lamps, German-made reflectors to maximize the light directed to your aquarium and includes mounting legs which allows you to easily place the fixture on the top of your aquarium. The bulb combination you see at 1:56 in the video is the AquaticLife lamps that come standard with the T5 fixture. We also carry a wide selection of other popular brand name T5 lamps including ATI, Geisemann, Red Sea, and UVL. We also installed some ATI bulbs you can see at 2:06 in the video just to give you an idea of how you can achieve different lighting spectrums by changing up the bulbs. When choosing a combination of bulbs for your aquarium, the options are almost endless. This is pretty awesome because you can tailor the color in your tank to your liking. With all of the options, it can be a little confusing when shopping for bulbs so we came up with this helpful chart to make choosing the right lamps a little easier. You can always give our customer service team a call as well as we love hearing from our customers and are happy to help you get the right lamps for your tank. In summary, don’t let the allure of LED lights completely steer you away from this proven method of lighting a reef tank. If you have questions or need help, we are always available to give you a hand. Please don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel in order to get the latest reef hobby and product news. Until next time, take care and happy reefkeeping. Click here to see all of the T5 Lighting aquarium products available at Marine Depot: http://goo.gl/BVodi4 Click here to get our best deals, product how-to's and expert tips delivered weekly to your inbox: http://goo.gl/OacNAU

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Unknown User
Unknown User - 3 years ago
I brought a used fish tank floroscent and it looks purplish when I turn it upside down is it good for plant growing? But in the tank doesn't really look purplish what type is it?
Marine Depot Aquarium Supplies
Marine Depot Aquarium Supplies - 3 years ago
It is hard to say, the lamp itself usually has some markings that indicate the brand and color of the lamp. You can then just contact the lamp manufacturer for more information. You might also consider changing out the bulbs to suit your particular tank; old lamps will increase algae growth in an aquarium.
Chris Hunt
Chris Hunt - 3 years ago
Hi! I'd love to see more like this, it's up my alley
Nikhil Bakaya
Nikhil Bakaya - 3 years ago
thanks much
Nikhil Bakaya
Nikhil Bakaya - 3 years ago
hello there, is there an email address that I could send my queries for your help regarding Aquarium lighting for my tank, kindly inform at bakayanikhil@gmail.com, awaiting response thanks much
Marine Depot Aquarium Supplies
Marine Depot Aquarium Supplies - 3 years ago
Certainly, you can contact our support team at customercare@marinedepot.com or give us a call 1-800-566-3474.
Foxtrot Sierra
Foxtrot Sierra - 4 years ago
Is a oddysea 39watt quad unit fine for sps on a 40' long 14' tall and 20' wide tank.
Foxtrot Sierra
Foxtrot Sierra - 4 years ago
Just not sure
Jamie Siller
Jamie Siller - 4 years ago
is this ok for fresh water aquarium? please answer
Marine Depot Aquarium Supplies
Marine Depot Aquarium Supplies - 4 years ago
Yes, T5 Fluorescent lighting is a great option for lighting your freshwater aquarium. I would only recommend High Output T5 if you are keeping a heavily planted aquarium and just be sure to choose the correct bulbs that will provide you with the right color spectrum for plant growth.
Juarez Jua
Juarez Jua - 4 years ago
muito bom. (vary good)
Final Final
Final Final - 4 years ago
how to grown reef at my aquarium saltwater
alianisz
alianisz - 5 years ago
How are shadows a bad thing? Shadows add more depth to a tank.

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omar frayre
omar frayre - 5 years ago
is one good option to combine the two fluorescent lamp 1T5 1T5 coral with blue HO HO also more or aquablue special paragraph complement a LED lamp ?
Marine Depot Aquarium Supplies
Marine Depot Aquarium Supplies - 5 years ago
+omar frayre LED/T5 combinations are becoming a popular way to light a reef tank. You get the benefits of great color from the T5 and energy savings of the LED.
Mr scales924
Mr scales924 - 5 years ago
Can you grow clams with them
Christian Swogger
Christian Swogger - 3 years ago
Marine Depot Aquarium Supplies can you grow clams with 4 bulbs ?
Marine Depot Aquarium Supplies
Marine Depot Aquarium Supplies - 5 years ago
+Mr scales924 Yes, as long as you have good coverage and place the clam appropriately in your aquarium, T5 fluorescent lamps will provide plenty of light to support clams.
Amber Ries
Amber Ries - 6 years ago
Your tube color cart is messes up. 10K side is all the same.
Marine Depot Aquarium Supplies
Marine Depot Aquarium Supplies - 6 years ago
Thanks for letting us know!  Unfortunately, we cannot go back and correct the video however we do have an updated copy here.   http://goo.gl/ToIZ7o 
Jackson M
Jackson M - 6 years ago
Aquaticlife has poor quality fixtures. I will never buy that brand again
Bryan Anderson
Bryan Anderson - 6 years ago
Okay I have a 180 gallon I hate my led lights will T5 lights be powerful enough for my tank 72x24x24
mrbigshot29
mrbigshot29 - 5 years ago
6" is abut the most you want off the water
Bryan Anderson
Bryan Anderson - 6 years ago
Thanks I had t5 lights before but they were 15 inches off the water
Marine Depot Aquarium Supplies
Marine Depot Aquarium Supplies - 6 years ago
Yes, most definitely. You will need at very minimum x6 bulbs front to back, X8 would be best. You can use two 36" long fixtures side by side or one of the 60" fixtures would get the job done as well.  

http://goo.gl/GRhB7S
Jeff Rowe
Jeff Rowe - 6 years ago
Foe me, it's primary. As a matter of fact I will be putting in an order soon for new bulbs through you guys.
Dee From Brooklyn
Dee From Brooklyn - 6 years ago
I had 2 of those fixtures over my reef for quite a while a grew softies like you wouldn't believe. Nice fixture.
915Mang
915Mang - 6 years ago
I Had the Aquaticlife 4 x 54watt light that you showed. I did enjoy the light, and single plug. Great light, since then ive added T5s to my LEDs!
EDK ReefMeister
EDK ReefMeister - 3 years ago
Do you think this would be a good combo with 2 hydras for a 60'' tank?

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