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For a T5 fixture look at the reflectors - does each bulb have its own reflector, shaped somewhat parabolic, preferably with a little peak right under the bulb, and are the reflectors made of highly polished aluminum. Are the bulbs crammed together, with reflectors barely bigger than the bulb, or are they separated by a few inches with reflectors more than twice the width of the bulb? (The latter is by far the best) Then, look at the construction - sturdy? Does it have a great ballast? I'm sure I forgot something, but those are important factors. I looked at the website for the Aquatic Life fixtures a couple of days ago - those look very good in the photos, but I haven't seen one to compare to the photos.
 
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