Aqueon Full-Spectrum Daylight T8 Fluorescent Lamp
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- Everyday aquarium lamp
- Ideal for fresh or saltwater aquariums
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Size: 18-Inch, 15-Watt
Top Customer Reviews
Both bulbs flickered, but then started working. Even though they both had 'loose' pieces inside, and felt very cheap.. Within 2 weeks one of them failed to properly illuminate, and flickered. Basically, it lasted two weeks, when on average - these used to last 2 YEARS. So something changed, these are pretty terrible now. This saddens me, another good product gone down the tubes.. (no pun intended)
EDIT: SOLUTION FOUND!!! To find the 'right' color, you want to search for COLORMAX bulbs.. Apparently this company outsources their normal bulbs to some cheap company overseas. But has retained the 'colormax' version to be made in Germany, with the true Full Spectrum 'purpleish' glow we all love.. This will solve all of the issues with people unhappy with Aqueons new junk manufacturer.
I recommend these fluorescent lamps because the price is very good on Amazon. You can use no-name brands or another brand of lamp that is comparable. No-name brand lamps you never know what you get. But, buying a brand lamp offers some assurance that it is not garbage you are buying. If you get a very good price on a name brand product, that is when you should buy them. The Aqueon brand fluorescent lamps always look super white and clean right out of the package. They are $5.99 each on Amazon at time of reviewing.
If you have Amazon Prime, the 2-day Free shipping is a huge plus.
We have four very colorful Shubunkin goldfish. When they were small, we had them in a standard 55-gallon aquarium that came equipped with the 8000K Aqueon bulbs. The tank had a dark navy blue background. The Aqueon 8000K bulbs were perfect for the combinations of colors in the fish (orange, brown, blue, silver, and white) as well as the dark solid color background. In fact, the colors of these fish were pleasingly vivid under this light.
After a year, the fish were getting too large for the 55-gallon tank, so we moved to a 120-gallon. I purchased a custom-made hood with a pair of HO T5 bulbs, one at 6500K, the other at 10,000K, because an 8000K bulb was not available in a T5. The T5 bulbs were extremely bright and lit the tank to the point I thought I'd have to buy sunglasses for the fish. Algae growth increased dramatically. The new lights also imparted a greenish cast to the navy blue background. And, the HO ballasts emitted a lot of heat.
I purchased a different hood that held a pair of T8 bulbs, trying several different combinations from ZooMed. It was amasing how slightly different C/T bulbs affected the colors of the fish, gravel, and background. Bulbs at 6500K literally turned the fishes' colors from vivid to very washed-out. I ultimately went back to the Aqueon 8000K bulb for the main light, and used a Zoo Med Coral Sun Actinic 420 Coral Bulb T8 32 Watts, 48-Inch in the second slot.Read more ›
After installing the second one I purchased, I no longer had any spares on hand and it was time to purchase more. So I came back to Amazon and bought them again. They were $8.58 this time, and I thought "OK, the price has gone up a little." When I received the bulb, I was surprised that the $8.58 only bought me ***ONE*** bulb this time. I went back to the ad and sure enough, it was for one bulb, my mistake, I did not read closely enough - I assumed it was two since I received two for less last time. So something about Aqueon bulbs resulted in 100% markup in the last 18 months.
So why the two star rating? Not because of the price - I did not have to purchase it, so that is not why it is rated two stars. I installed it to test it out, and it flickered and was not as bright. It appeared new and unused, I inspected carefully after noticing how poorly it performed. It read "Made in Thailand" this time, so apparently the country of manufacture changed since my last purchase. In addition to the poor performance, it also appears to be poorly constructed compared to the bulbs I bought 18 months ago. The ends / conductor tines were not as well fastened and were loose and hard to install. One bent on initial install, and this would make it very difficult to install a second time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It works. The price is GREAT. However, it gives off a very yellow/green light and dulls down the tank. This new light has the algae growing like crazy in my tank too. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Skyz
The full spectrum lamps have a nice white light without the strange colors that many tubes have. Two of these are perfect for my 55 gallon aquarium. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ken M
Bought the wrong color temperature. Not using it. Bought the correct lamp at a local pet store-at a higher price of course.Published 2 months ago by R. McGee
The lights themselves are fine, easy to replace my old ones. They do have a greenish glow to them (my previous ones were more of a clear/violet). Read morePublished 2 months ago by C.D.
I just ordered this Daylight bulb to replace the Colormax bulb I purchsed from a local store
I hardly lit up the tank so its going back. Read more