Bring your own LED (BYO-LED) is the name of the game with the Aquatic Life T5 hybrid mounting system we saw last year, but since our initial report the company has added a white option to go with the standard black model.
What is nice about the Aquatic Life option is you aren’t married to the LEDs the manufacturer has installed with traditional T5 and LED hybrid systems. This model is designed to fit EcoTech Radion, AquaIllumination Hydra or Prime LEDs and you can get an optional bracket for Kessil LEDs.
The four-lamp Aquatic Life T5 hybrid fixture is available in 24, 36, 48 and 61 in. lengths and will fit aquariums that are 18 to 24 in. wide. The fixture includes all the niceties you are looking for in a fluorescent fixture — water-resistant endcaps, highly polished aluminum reflector and HEP ballasts (one on each side), etc.
The Aquatic Life T5 hybrid mount allows you to lock in your LEDs to the position you want. Another added feature is the option to get narrower or wider brackets to get the fixture to fit better over narrower tanks (like 16 in.) or wider tanks (up to 36 in. wide).
As we mentioned, these originally came in black but now the white option allows for a cleaner and brighter look, especially for more modern aquarium designs.
The 24 in. version retails for $269.99 and you can expect to add another $30 for the 36 in., $70 for the 48 in.