The ATI Coral Plus is the first new T5 lamp to come out in a really long time. The Coral Plus lamp from ATI was made to be a white lamp with a blueish look while still retaining some peaks of red and green to keep a respectable amount of PAR. In ATI’s own word the Coral Plus T5 is designed to be a basic standalone bulb which can stimulate ample coral growth on its own without having to be supplemented. It seems like every reefer and their mother is jumping on the LED train these days but let’s not forget that fluorescent lighting technology is still pretty darn efficient and it emits wavelengths of light including UV which are prohibitively expensive to get with LEDs. [ATI]
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.