Aqueon® Colormax T5 Aquarium Light Fixture
Faulty - Do not buy
These lights fail around 6-12 months. One of the bulbs will crack, melts the clear plastic cover a little, and the light stops working. I've tried replacing the bulbs, but fixture will not work. I've had 2 stop working the exact same way and I'm now on my 3rd and final one. I replaced the first fixture, thinking it was a fluke, but now the second fixture has done the same thing, identically. A cashier at the store told me the same thing happened to hers.
October 12, 2014
I have owned two of the 36 inch models for at least 5 years now. I have a good experience with growing plants in a 40GL breeder tank with a depth of about 16 inches using both fixtures (essentially 4 21W bulbs in total across the two fixtures). These are not HO fixtures but two at the same time did give me the light I needed for a very nice planted tank with C02.
One of them is still running fine. The other did die a few months ago after 5 years. You don't need a tank cover as they have their own plastic cover which I found quite handy. Replacement lights are easy to find. They are supposed to last a year although frankly you can run them a lot longer. These are not fancy lights but you won't go wrong with them either and they seem cheap compared with the alternatives these days. Be careful cleaning - the cover can crack when you are sliding it out to clean off stains from splashes.
At times I did splash a fair amount of water on them when doing tank maintenance and I never had an issue. They are a 3-prong plug so you will want to take that into account if you are running these off a timer.
These do seem to be exactly the same as the Coralife Aqualight T5 Dual fixture.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the newer light fixtures like the LEDs you won't go qrong here.
April 9, 2014
the color of the fish are enhanced beautifully. Highly recommend.
March 11, 2014
This light is perfect for my low-tech planted tank
I love this light. It's very difficult to find normal output T5s these days, but for my low tech planted tank, a High Output creates algae problems. This light has kept my classroom aquarium low-maintenance and has really kept my plants healthy!
March 5, 2014