Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
I've been using fluorex for months, I've had one go bad within 30 days, the rest are going strong. The one that went bad, HD replaced no problems, in fact the warranty states to take it back to the place of purchase for replacement during the warranty.
I have two of them on a 30 "cube" and quite frankly, it's never looked better, algae has absolutely not been a problem, the growth is outrageous in all the plants in the tank. I did gut them and retrofit them into a hood that gives good ventilation to the ballast, as far as I can tell that's why they have a failure problem, especially in an aquarium app.
I think you should take a second look at them.