Aquatic Life 1.0 LED Photo Review

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  1. Big Al's Online

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    We decided it was time for an updated set of photos for Aquatic Life's fantastic set of entry level reef LED fixtures. Hope you enjoy it!


    A quick side by side comparison of the Aquatic Life LED fixture up against the competitor's fixture. It is important to note that the Aquatic Life is actually much brighter by comparison, but in order to properly photograph the colors without the photo being too "bright" and washing everything out, the camera settings were changed.

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    Here is a photo comparison using the same aperture and F-Stop settings, with automatic white balance. You will notice that the Aquatic Life fixture is quite a bit brighter which takes away color (creates white hot spots) and detail from the photo.

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    A better view of the Aquatic Life fixture standing alone over the 20 gallon reef aquarium. WOW were we ever impressed!

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    All corals in this system started out "brown" and were taken from the bottom of the barrel so to speak. This was our way of testing the fixture's capability in enhancing coral coloration. Many SPS corals were only exposed to this aquarium for 3 - 4 weeks.

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    The Aquatic Life 1.0 LED fixtures certainly bring out the best of corals!

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    Most people only see colors like this in their SPS when using Metal Halide lighting, or 6+ bulb HOT5. The Aquatic Life LED fixture certainly does the trick!

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    This coral used to be completely brown!

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    Newer additions that are showing good coloration under the new fixture. The bleached coral is restoring coloration, while the browned out coral is enhancing coloration.

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    A series of top down photos to show the true colors of the corals in the aquarium.
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    Thanks for checking out our photo-review of the Aquatic Life 1.0 24" 36w LED fixture! One last top down shot!

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  3. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Great post Big Al!
    Can you tell us more about the features of this light?
    Got a link to a specs page on your site?
    matt
     
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  5. Matt Rogers

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    Cool. Glad to see that. :)
    I'll check it out.
     
  6. Jason04r

    Jason04r Bristle Worm

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    Whats the Big pink corals name in the picture? Thank you :)
     
  7. Mitch Daniels

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    BOTH of those lights are junk.
     
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  9. swreefer

    swreefer Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    I like their T5HO fixtures, but 36 emitters 1w each is kind of outdated. Should be ok for a not so light demanding corals. ;D
     
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    For $730 I could make the best DIY led ever
    Nice light, but overpriced, IMO.
     
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    swreefer Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    are they going for $730? 0_0
     
  12. Big Al's Online

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    It was brought in as a colt coral.

    Mitch, please feel free to add some input as to why you believe the fixture(s) are "junk" so that we can better understand what you mean. Simply saying they are junk doesn't help anyone!

    Well, think of it this way... different wattages and fixture styles work for different applications; the wattage of an LED or fixture does not indicate whether or not it is outdated, rather it indicates what its intended application is.

    The fixture used in this review (24" 36w) sells for $279.99! I am not sure where the other poster got their pricing from.
     
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