Although we thought every conceivable variation of a T5 fixture had already been made, along comes Aquactinics to show us something new. On display at MACNA was a prototype of a slightly modified Constellation light fixture which substituted a small row of LEDs where there was normally another T5 bulb. Unlike a lot of features which are mostly gimmicky, like moonlights, the shimmer effect produced from this fixture was quite noticeable and pretty cool. Presumably, the concentration of high powered LEDs right in the center might also produce a small hotspot of light which could be a nice little boost for growing light-hungry corals or clams. No word on pricing or availability, seeing as this was the prototype it will probably be a little while before these are available for sale. And before you ask, yes the fixture included moonlights.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.