Flora Sun 18" 15W
T8 users this works....
I am a 25 + year aquarist and have always had aquatic plants but my tanks' were never a plant priority, but I always kept them for biological benefits. With that said I have always had T8 fluorescent fixtures @ hand. I decided to get into aquascaping 6 months ago and switched to this lamp from a true daylight lamp with C02 tabs and my plants exploded. The growth was 1 to 2 inches for a few weeks until I trimmed and propagated the new nodes.
I highly recommend this fluorescent lamp.
February 7, 2014
Beautiful lighting, Plants thriving.
I have this light over my 75g planted African predator tank. The light has a slight golden tint to it which makes it look like real sunlight, and since I have been using this my plants have grown more and look much healthier. The light also draws more attention to the colors on my fish, which is important for the species I keep as they all have natural camouflage and it is often hard to see some of them. I think that it has the perfect level of brightness to it, it is more of a warmer yet my tank has a slightly darker look than with other bulbs- This is great as I have fish that are sensitive to bright lights, so they are more active now. I have had no problems with flickering, and it lights up instantly when I turn on my fixture. Very inexpensive yet makes my tank look great.
January 12, 2014
Great for planted tanks
I purchased 2 of these fluorescent tubes and put them in a shop light. The plants are very green and growing nicely and the light also shows the pigments of the fish better than the regular light I was using before.
November 28, 2013
I have an 18" bulb on a ten gallon, heavily planted tank, with a FloraMax substrate and using Leafzone to supplement that. The 15 watts gives 1.5 watts per gallon (wpg) which is a fair amount of light for most plants. Make sure you research your plants as some require much more lighting than others. You should be fine with low-moderate light requirements, and in some cases high light plants will do ok too, it really depends on so much more than just the lighting. Overall, a quality bulb, better than a standard one.
February 8, 2011