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Coralife Aqualight T5 Fluorescent Light for Freshwater (36 Inch, 2 x 21 Watt Lamps)

Coralife Aqualight T5 Fluorescent Light for Freshwater (36 Inch, 2 x 21 Watt Lamps)

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Coralife Aqualight T5 Fluorescent Light for Freshwater (36 Inch, 2 x 21 Watt Lamps) Information

It's easy to understand the importance of a pump in any aquarium system. The pump acts as the "heart" of the aquarium and the water is the "blood". Just like the human blood which carries nutrients, transports wastes,and regulates hormones between tissues; Aquarium water carries food, wastes and indicates the general health of the aquarium. The pump moves water from one part to another and helps move healthy, freshly oxygenated water to where your fish are.

No pump = unhealthy aquarium.

The same goes with filters. Filters are the rough equivalent of the kidneys in your aquarium just like your kidneys filter the wastes in your blood that accumulates from the tissues. Filters in your kidney clean your blood and then helps pump the clean blood back out to your system. The same way with filters in an aquarium. It takes the dirty water and filters out debris, waste food and most importantly chemicals like nitrates and ammonia from the water and pumps out freshwater. The interplay between a good pump and a good filter cannot be stressed enough. These are basically the two most important pieces of equipment any aquarium would have.

However, lighting is also very important. While lighting doesn't have a life or death role for your aquarium like a pump or a filter does. It does greatly impact "YOUR" enjoyment and it also impacts your fish's experience inside your aquarium.


Freshwater fish are normally drab in color compared to tropical fish. That's an established fact. While there are some freshwater fish with a nice range of colors, on the average, it won't match the full vibrancy, diversity, and explosion of colors of tropical marine fish. With that said, with the right lighting, freshwater fish would still look very good in your aquarium and can still provide a relaxing entertainment for hours.

What's the secret? The right lighting.

The proper lighting of a freshwater aquarium brings the aquarium to life. That is the mission of Coralife Aqualight T5 Fluorescent Light for Freshwater from Pet Store. It reflects well on your fish's scales to bring out their full color and it looks great from the top to the bottom of your aquarium which includes the surface of your plants. Unlike regular lighting which may seem dull and lifeless, T5 lighting really brings out the best in your aquarium and puts on a show for you. Regardless of what kind of fish you keep, bring out their best by using the right lighting. It may not mean the difference between the life and death for your aquarium system but it definitely means a lot between boring and exciting in your eyes and your fish's eyes. It benefits the fish because it lights up their environment and provides a lively atmosphere. Check out the Coralife Aqualight T5 Fluorescent Light for Freshwater today.

Ideal for Freshwater and Planted Aquariums

Freshwater Aqualight T5 Series - Double Linear Strip is a sleek and streamlined fixture designed to enhance and complement aquariums. Its compact and low-profile style is suitable where space is limited. The Colormax full-spectrum T5 fluorescent lamp has color enhancing phosphors that emit light from 350 to 750 nanometers and 6,700K lamp provides aquatic plants with the light energy necessary to stimulate lush growth.

  • SIZE- 36 INCH / DIMENSIONS- L34.38 X W1 X H3

Manufacturer Info

Coralife Aquarium Supplies
Coralife is one of the market’s leading manufacturers of premium aquarium products. The brand is best known for their comprehensive line of aquarium lights, protein skimmers and calcium reactors. Coralife’s unique line of aquarium accessories—protective gloves for maintenance and coral propagation, accurate and affordable digital thermometers and hydrometers—set Coralife apart from other brands and have created quite a following among aquarium hobbyists. With an ever-expanding and diverse product line coupled with customer support that is second-to-none, Coralife sets the bar high for aquarium supply manufacturers and they will no doubt continue to wow aquarists with their innovative, low-cost solutions for years to come.

Coralife Aqualight T5 Fluorescent Light for Freshwater (36 Inch, 2 x 21 Watt Lamps) Reviews

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A great product and affortable

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 7/26/2012 from QUEBEC, CANADA
4.5 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: Hello, i'm a aquarium maniac for severals years and i owned 4 freshwater aquariums fully planted with a lot of fish species too. I have puschase this ramp for my 55 gallons tank. This ramp is a great product to inhanced your plants and fish colors, great price , good quality. I have used Coralife products for many years on my tanks and never been disapointed!

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GREAT customer service

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 2/27/2012 from JEFFERSON CITY, MO UNITED STAT
5.0 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: GREAT customer service! The first light was DOA with a broken switch. They immediately sent me another one tha works really well. This is the best Customer Service I've had from any on-line pet store. They are terrific to work with! Regarding the light, despite the first one having a broken switch, the light is well made and includes an acrylic cover. It's compact in size (3" wide front to back ) but does what I need it to do admirably. Very pleased with the light but even more pleased with how the problem I had was handled.

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coralife t5

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 1/10/2012 from CORPUS CHRISTI, TX UNITED STAT
4.5 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: have used coralife for years. very impressed with fixtures

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Coralife Qualight T5 Dual

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 2/16/2011 from WILMETTE, IL UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Beginner

Comments: This is a quality product that hopefully will give me years of service. The T5 bulbs are fabulous giving real daylight appearance to the tank, fish, and plants. The spectrum of light is designed to stimulate plant growth, but it is too early for me to tell that. Overall a great product at a very reasonable price.

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Reviewers Rating Great

Posted: 5/23/2010 from REDMOND, WA UNITED STATES
4.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: The 36" model turned a 40g tank that was drab and dim with 48 watts of t8 into an explosion of green and light with 42 watts of t5. Totally perfect for my needs and a great price Wish it had a way to hook up some decent legs or even hang it though.

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Nice Light For The Price!

Reviewers Rating Great

Posted: 5/20/2010 from New York, NY UNITED STATES
4.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: This light fits my 35.4" long 12-G tank perfectly. As such, it is a little bit shorter than the advertised length. The supports are little flimsy and only work if you use the light without a cover or hood (which the manufacturer says not to do!) So, you either have to go against the instructions and use the light directly over the water, or just not use the supports. Other than that, a nice light!

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Works great

Reviewers Rating Great

Posted: 2/10/2010 from AUSTIN, TX UNITED STATES
4.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: Two of these 36" on a 210 gallon tank and plenty of light all the way to bottom. Only consumes <30 watts when hooked up to meter.

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Best Bang for the Buck

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 9/25/2009 from Elk Grove Village, IL UNITED S
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I bought two of these lights, 30" wide, for a planted 37 gallon tank. A 37 gallon is the same length and width as a 29 but taller, so t requires much more light for plant growth. The fixtures were probably the least expensive fixture I came across, and are probably the best. Most fixture for 30" wide tanks only have 24" bulbs, these have full width bulbs. The fixture is very compact, and does not make alot of heat. The bulbs for these are also cheaper than bulbs for compact florescent fixtures. Lastly I would like to say that the pink colormax bulb makes tropical fish colors stand out more, and makes them appear brighter.

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T5 lighting

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 10/29/2008 from ANKENY, IA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: T5's are compact yet they are brighter than their conterparts. They are a great light for tight places, because of their thin non bulky nature. Corallife has delivered a well built fixture that is simple to maintain.

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