- T5 Aquablue Special - ATI
Why does BRS recommend this?
ATI has been some of the most sought after bulbs in the reef aquarium hobby. With their bright crisp colors, ATI are our number one choice when it comes to T5 bulbs. With ATI bulbs you can use a single color on its own or you can mix and match to make the ultimate spectrum.
The ATI AquaBlue Special combines the properties of a blue bulb and full spectrum daylight bulb producing a color temperature of approximately 12000K. Great as a stand-alone bulb or in combination with an ATI Blue Plus or an ATI True Actinic 03
BRS Note: The ATI AquaBlue Special is one of the most popular white bulbs. Has just a hint of blue.
Lasted 1 month By brian on 3/15/2020brian wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI put in a Blue plus and a Aqua Blue special at the same time. At first I was pretty impressed with the amount of light they provided, but less than 1 month later both bulbs have burned out. VERY DISAPPOINTING!
First bulb purchase By Erik on 5/19/2019Erik would recommend this product to a friendI recently bought this bulb to replace to use it in a 4 bulb combo. Once all bulbs were installed the difference was really noticeable. Great product
Good bulb to brighten things up. By Mitch on 8/28/2018Mitch would recommend this product to a friendIf you have done any reading in the popular Reef forums. You know T5 bulb combinations for best color, and growth, are vast, and one of the most debated subjects in this hobby. And The people at BRS have showed us a wealth of information on this subject as well. Any ATI offering will grow coral. That being said. I have been using the popular 3, 2, 1 combination, in my 6 bulb fixture. 3 Blue plus, 2 Coral plus, and 1 Purple plus. And love the results. However, even though the color of light was a pleasing deep blue (to my eyes 16-18k). It was rather dim to view in my opinion. So changing out one of the Coral Pluses for this bulb brightened things up. You will loose some of the blue obviously. As this is a white bulb. I am very happy with this bulb.
Good Bulb, But Very White! By Patrick on 2/19/2017Patrick would recommend this product to a friendThis is a good bulb and produces a lot of PAR, but be aware that next to something like an ATI Blue+, this is going to appear white. I tried a 50/50 mix of Aquablue Special and Blue+ and it's too white for my liking. I like a bluer 20,000K look if that helps.
Great Light By R. Mac on 2/8/2017R. Mac would recommend this product to a friendI have been using these bulbs for over 8 years. I get tons of growth on all of my corals.
The Best T5 bulbs. By MATHDOC on 3/24/2016MATHDOC would recommend this product to a friendI did a lot of research on T5 bulbs before purchasing this last year. They have been nothing short of amazing bulbs and I just purchased my second set. YES you should change them every year, probably every 9 months or so. I saw a big improvement in my coral growth with these lights. I use them with LED and I strongly suggest the T5/LED hybrid combination. No need to purchase an expensive unit if you already have LEDs, just add these T5s with the kits sold here on BRS. Your results are nothing short of amazing. The combination of ATI Blue Plus and ATI Aquablue special is not original. It is suggested on ATI's site. All I can say is good color and good coral growth for a good price. You can't beat it... I do not suggest you try to beat it since glass breaks easily. SO no beating the class. Just go with these and be happy.
ATI bulbs are the best bulbs. By Mathias on 3/4/2016Mathias would recommend this product to a friendThese bulbs are the best T5s on the market. I buy a new set every year. Thanks bulk reef supply.
GREAT BULBS! By Robert on 2/11/2016Robert would recommend this product to a friendI put two of these bulbs and two blue plus in for the first time after using Coral life bulbs and WOW! The difference in lighting is simply amazing! Highly recommended
Love it so far By Russell on 12/13/2015Russell would recommend this product to a friendBRS is the best my Corals love this light and so do i
Best Coral growth! By Michael on 10/7/2015Michael would recommend this product to a friendSo I was hesitant to get this bulb because I didn't think it was going to be blue enough. Well, it's not very blue...at all. BUT honestly I noticed within less than a week I had some noticeable growth in my corals; and their colors have came back. I added these to supplement my Kessil 360 WE. I really wish my Kessil's would have been enough, but after 6 months and not so great coral growth it was time to see what T-5's could do. I may in the future do T-5's only, or T-5's with MH.
Awesome By Joshua on 7/15/2015Joshua would recommend this product to a friendbetter than coralife bulbs thats for sure
The best By David on 6/5/2015David would recommend this product to a friendCoral growth and looks speaks for itself. Definitely worth buying these bulbs!
Are these t5 or t5 ho?
All of our bulbs will be High output for designed use with coral growth. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
I have a led unit (white led 12-14 Kelvin and Blue led 470nm - 480nm) on my SPS coral tank. But I also have space voor 2x T5 bulbs. Which ATI bulbs would you recommend me?
We recommend the ATI Blue Plus and Aquablue special for best growth and what we use over our systems. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Can this light be used in planted tropical freshwater aquariums?
Unfortunately we are not the best judge for freshwater planted and cannot verify the beneficial growth. Most planted tanks will use a spectrum in the 6500K setting. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Looking to upgrade my bulbs and looking at the ati bulbs I have the aquatic life 12 bulb fixture. What would be the best set with bulb colors for my tank. No sps In the tank.
Thank you for reaching out with your question. I apologize for the delay in getting back to you.
Bulb combinations are largely dependent upon personal preference. I really like this post by ATI on Reef2Reef to help decide the best option:
For a 12 bulb set up, I would just double the 6 bulb recommendation.
Let us know if you have any other questions!
I have a bulb it says 80 watt aquablue + on it and it's white and I need a replacement.I measured it from end to end and came up with 57 inch help? The name begins wit G
It may be the giesemann Aquablue listed below. 57" is going to be 80 watt.