The Coralife Aqualight Fixture is the most popular saltwater aquarium lighting fixture of all time. This fish tank light is widely available at saltwater fish specialty stores and online vendors. Power Compact is one of the most popular saltwater lighting types available. The reason why it became so popular is the Coralife Aqualight is durable, provides intense levels of light and replacement parts like 65 watt and 96 watt bulbs are readily available.
Coralife Aqualight Lighting
If you are considering the Coralife Aqualight for your saltwater aquarium, it comes in many lengths including 20″, 24″, 36″, 48″ and 72″. This means there is a light for saltwater aquariums as small as 10 gallons and as large as 180 gallons. They also make a mini aqualight fixture which is perfect for refugiums. The mini aqualight is capable of growing macro algae like chaetomorpha and caulerpa and contains two 9 watt bulbs. Many people use a refugium to help reduce ntirates or to breed copepods for a mandarin goby.
Without going into too much detail. Most saltwater aquarium aqualight fixtures have a 10,000k white bulb and a 420nm blue actinic bulb. The actinic blue bulbs make some corals fluoresce. This is very noticeable in green corals like frogspawn and many varieties of mushroom coral. Some lights also contain moonlights for nighttime viewing. Several marine biologists and experts claims that it helps promote spawning and natural cycles, but for most hobbyists it is best used for watching your tank at night. There are many different creatures that appears in dim light that are not visible during the day like amphipods and different worms.
The Coralife Aqualight fish tank light is suitable for marine aquarists wanting to keep soft corals like mushrooms, zoanthids and leathers. It will also work well for LPS (large polyp stony) brain coral, frogspawn, hammer, acanthastrea and some species of anemone, like rose bulb and long tentacle.
Coralife Aqualight Pro
There are many extensions of the Coralife Aqualight line which include the Coralife Aqualight Pro HQI Metal Halide Lights which was made for hobbyists with tall aquariums or those wanting to keep SPS corals or clams. These metal halide lights are available with 150 or 250 watt double HQI bulbs. These 10,000k bulbs are usually supplemented by power compact or T5 actinic bulbs. Most HQI fixtures contain one metal halide bulb for every 24″ of aquarium length and can usually light aquariums up to two feet deep. There are separate controls for each ballast as well as another for the moonlights and actinic lighting. These can be placed on a timer to create a 24 hour light cycle.
Coralife Aqualight T5 Lighting
Coralife also offers a T5 Light that is more intense than their original power compact fixture for around the same price. Most Coralife Aqualight fixtures come with both an actinic and daylight bulb that are controlled with a single switch. These bulbs last up to one year and will produce more intense light. Each T5 fixtures comes with adjustable mounting legs, whereas the older power compact models did not. When you hold the fixture in your hands it feels sturdy, unlike some of the others. The reflector quality isn’t the best, but I’ve seen better and far worse. The Coralife Aqualight is a good value for the money. Definitely opt for this fixture unless your aquarium comes stock with power compact like the Oceanic Biocube. Also be sure to start your Coralife Aqualight search online, as there are traditionally high mark ups on aquarium lighting at most fish stores.
Coralife Mini Aqualight
The Coralife Mini Aqualight is perfect for nano and pico aquariums. With 18 watts of power compact fluorescent light, you will be able to keep most soft corals like leathers, mushrooms and zoanthids. Each Mini Aqualight has one 9 watt daylight and actinic bulb. This encourages both coral growth and coloration. You may also use the Coralife Mini Aqualight over your refugium to grow macroalgae like cheatomorpha or caulerpa. These light fixtures are durable and can withstand large amounts of salt creep.
The Powerquad is a high powered saltwater aquarium light and is perfect for 10 gallon reef aquariums. You will be able to keep a wide variety of soft and LPS coral. With two cooling fans and sleek aluminum housing, this Coralife Aqualight fixture is less likely to heat up your aquarium than metal halide lights. When you look at the fixture you might think there are four separate bulbs, but it is actually one large 96 watt bulb. It alternates between daylight and actinic for an optimal blend of aquarium light.
Coralife Aqualight Accessories
The Coralife Aqualight Powerquad is a high powered saltwater aquarium light and is perfect for 10 gallon reef aquariums. You will be able to keep a wide variety of soft and LPS coral. With two cooling fans and sleek aluminum housing, this fixture is less likely to heat up your aquarium than metal halide lights. When you look at this Coralife Aqualight fixture you might think there are four separate bulbs, but it is actually one large 96 watt bulb. It alternates between daylight and actinic for an optimal blend of aquarium light.
Buying the Coralife Aqualight
Whenever you are ready to buy your Coralife Aqualight fixture you need to start your search online. There are many credible online retailers that can offer considerable discounts. The larger the fixture, the more money you can save by shopping online, especially because you will get a reduced shipping rate. These online vendors usually have a better return policy than most fish specialty stores, so if you decide that it isn’t right for your aquarium, you can send it back and still get a full refund. You may also want to pick up a few replacement bulbs is the place offers flat rate shipping.