Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Hot Springs Ar. 71901
Have not had nor heard anything negative about their T5 fixtures but their T8 Flora sun plant bulb grows better than any bulb I've tried. The bulb is rated at 5000K so the level of viewing light is low compared to other bulbs. This no doubt is better in the T5, but to what extent I don't know. This is why I always use two T8 bulbs in my tank(s) in separate fixtures, one at back, one at front of tank. The plants all lean towards the front where the Flora sun bulb is. BTW Zoo Med also makes a T5 single bulb fixture
that you will find in the reptile section(of advertisements on the site) so they may have one of those if you would only want one bulb.
Their bulbs are normally about $18 but then Doctors F&S usually sells them for $10
so replacement cost aren't high either.
Can't beat that particular bulb for plants especially when used in conjuntion/w their Ultra sun bulb(6700K).
The shortest distance between any two points is a straight line...in the opposite direction...