Category Archives: Lighting

Lighting a Freshwater Planted Aquarium… Properly

Planted aquariums need good lighting to support plant growth. There are many types of aquarium light fixtures, but which are suitable for raising freshwater plants?


How to Set Up a Frag Tank

A frag tank is a working tank with characteristics of function over form, practical, and above all produces results. If you are planning on taking cuttings (frags) from colonies in your main display, you will want them to put a base down on a frag plug quickly (if not quicker) than it did in the […]


Best Aquarium LED Lighting: Our Top Picks

Whether it’s to illuminate your stunning corals, show off your beautiful fish, or just to create a visually appealing aquarium setting, LED lights can bring any aquarium to life. Between their low heat production, controllability options, and electric efficiency, LED’s have become the most popular lighting choice for thousands of hobbyists around the world. Within […]


Planted Aquarium Lights: The Best of the Best

With the countless aquascaping options that planted aquariums present, picking a light fixture that is visually pleasing, grows the variety of plants you are looking to keep while also effectively lighting every corner of the aquarium can sometimes be difficult.


Red Sea go large with the new ReefLed 160S light fixture

Every reefer loves a new light and this week we see the rather unexpected launch of the new Red Sea ReefLed 160S. So-called because it uses a maximum of 160 watts of power the 160S is now the largest, most powerful LED fixture in the Red Sea lighting range, joining its smaller brothers the 50 and 90, also named after the maximum power they consume.


ATI Straton LED panel light comes to America

Straton, the long-awaited LED light launch by ATI Aquaristik is soon to hit American shores, and it’s sure to make a big splash. Different in form factor and philosophy to many other LEDs, Straton is designed to have a large LED panel, capable of wide, even T5-like light spread across a reef tank, bathing corals in high-quality light from all angles.


Blog: Wider, flatter LED lighting has had to mimic T5 to produce similar results. So have we come full circle?

I’ve been obsessing about marine lighting for some 25 years now and during that time I’ve run them all. T12, T8, T5, Power Compact T5, Metal Halide, Mercury Vapor, passive, and actively cooled LED. Even Plasma. Remember those? And I’ve always been quick to try out the latest models and technologies.


AP9X has every good Kessil feature all rolled into one

The Kessil AP9X is a 185 watt Wi-Fi controllable LED light fixture suitable for SPS tanks up to 3×2’. That in itself doesn’t make it too different from any other high-end reef led light on the market, but its the combination of other features that will delight Kessil fans and also maybe convert potential buyers […]


The G5 Radion diffuser is here!

The most radically different Radion light ever just further enhanced its appeal with the launch of the G5 diffuser. Available for all G5 XR15 and XR30 models, the new diffuser enables further flexibility in modifying light output by diffusing colour mixing and further balancing intensity with only a small reduction in PAR. Magnet mounting, EcoTech’s […]


Red Sea’s ReefLED Lights Are Launching in May—Here Is Everything We’ve Learned So Far

Yesterday Red Sea released a bunch of new information about their smart reef lighting systems, the ReefLED 50 and the ReefLED 90. There’s a lot of ground to cover, so we put together this blog post to share everything we’ve learned so far.