need light to thrive, but lights from regular household lamps won't do the trick. The light they give off won't be beneficial to the corals. What corals need, in the absence of natural sunshine, is actinic light, which is light that allows photosynthesis to take place, or light that can stimulate light-sensitive creatures (such as corals).
When buying lamps for your coral reef aquarium, go for ones that give off actinic light such as the 160W UVL Actinic White VHO T12 Fluorescent Bulb from Pet Store
. Its blue spectrum is set at 100%, an ideal level that stimulates corals to grow. It also brings out the vibrancy of their colors. Because of its internal reflector angled at 180 degrees, this bulb can produce 40% more output of light compared to its counterparts with the same wattage and length. This makes it a great choice for aquariums with not just corals, but live rocks and other kinds of marine life.
The 160W UVL Actinic White VHO T12 Fluorescent Bulb is considered a high-output lamp, best used for large coral reef aquariums instead of the smaller ones. It is expected to last anywhere from half a year to a whole year before a replacement is warranted.
Actinic white is the first of its kind to offer a 50/50 combination on triband and actinic phosphors. 180° internal reflector allows 40% more light output. Actinic White is a high performance upgrade, great for coral, live rock, and related marine life.Actinic White (12000K) = 50% actinic 03 blue phosphors & 50% white spectrum (triband).High performance upgrade which are great for corals, live rock, and related marine life.Bulb Replacement GuideBulb TypesLife of Bulb*Normal Output Fluorescent6-12 monthsVery High Output (VHO)6-12 monthsPower Compact (PC)9-12 monthsT5 High Output (T5HO)9-18 monthsMetal Halide9-12 monthsLED (non-moonlight)~5 years (50,000 hours)* Manufacturer Recommendations
All fluorescent bulbs have a 30-day warranty. Because fluorescent light bulbs are extremely fragile, they require special handling and packaging for safe transport. The special packaging we use for fluorescent bulbs accommodates multiple bulbs so the more you buy, the more you save.
|Bulb Handling Fees are Based on Order Quantity|
|Bulb Length ||Less than 4 ||4 or More ||6 or More |
|~24 Inch ||$10 ||No Handling Fee ||No Handling Fee |
|~36 Inch ||$15 ||No Handling Fee ||No Handling Fee |
|~48-60 Inch ||$20 ||$20 ||No Handling Fee |
|~72 Inch ||$25 ||$25 ||No Handling Fee |