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Are the plants ok in the dark?

My light blew yesterday (Aqueon/Coralife T5 NO fixture, if you have one keep an eye on it!) and is being replaced by Aqueon. Unfortunately, it could take a week to get here. Will my plants be ok in the meantime, or should I try to rig something up temporarily?
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Coralife T5 NO? or a Coralife T5 HO?
  • What is the EXACT model number for your fixture?
  • How long did you use it before the light died?
  • What plants do you currently have in the tank?

Unless you live out in no where land, you could run down to the local hardware store to buy a 5000k-6500k CFL light to use on your tanks while you wait for the new bulb to arrive.

This "temporary" CFL should cost you anywhere from $1.50-$8 each depending on the K.... aka ..Kelvin spectrum & the wattage.
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1) Its the Aqueon T5 dual aquarium fixture (NO). I believe it used to be made by Coralife. http://www.aqueonproducts.com/produc...mp-fixture.htm. I don't think its being recalled or anything, I may have just had a dud. The company is replacing it for free. When one of the bulbs blew, it melted the plastic lens, making it impossible remove and change the bulbs.

2)The fixture was in use for approximately 2 months.

3) i have mostly stem plants (wisteria, ludwigia, anacharis, bacopa), some crypts and anubias.

Home depot is just up the street- i probably will go and rig up a clamp lamp for the time being.
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I have 2 Coralife fixtures

Both had issues with overheating.

I don't remember the model name because they're stuffed in a NOT working BOX for at least a year.

Replacement bulb should be a 65W bulb & I think it will run about @$20-$27 I think, but I don't remember if it's the BULB or the BALLAST that's malfunctioning.

I mentioned this issue to a local pet store owner, I'll bring him both fixtures to tinker with next time I REMEMBER.

If I do get those Coralife fixtures working AGAIN, I'm going to DRILL some ventilation holes into the top of the fixture. Going to add at LEAST 12 maybe 24 extra holes to hopefully prevent the OVERHEATING issue from popping up again.

One of the deluxe coralife fixtures has a COOLING fan that you can switch on & also had a moonlight LED feature. However, once the MAIN light went out, the fixture just got in the WAY of the replacement which killed all the plants eventually.
  • 4 pack of 13W - 5000k EcoSmart CFL's should be $6-$7 @ Home Depot.
  • Your crypts & other stem plants will probably NOT do well without those CFL lights.

The Coralife parts that were PLASTIC, also melted on mine. The rest of the fixture is ALUMINUM.

  • I believe I owned those fixtures for about 6 months - 12 months on timers before they started to OVERHEAT. My friend owned those CL fixtures for about 2 years.
  • Basic model was about $50+ & deluxe model was around $70+.

2 months is NOT good for a NEW fixture IMO, I would be angry.

Good luck.
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Well, I was pretty ticked off, but Aqueon customer service was pretty amazing. They returned my email within 2 hours and all I had to do to get it replaced was send them some pictures of the damage. I didn't even have a receipt, so they took me at my word that it was only 2 months old.

I may try drilling some vent holes in the new one to prevent overheating. Luckily I have a dead one to experiment on! Would that affect the reflecting ability of the fixture? I have low enough light as it is, I don't want it to go any lower.
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Drilling the holes should only affect the reflectabilty minimally I would think. Use numerous smaller holes spaced out rather than fewer larger holes. This should maximize heat dissipation.
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