ok.. here is my 2cents on aquatraders lighting outfits..
Ive helped a memeber here that had ballast issues with one of there fixtures..
Id say it was likely a wiring problem.. If I bought one I would dismantle it and inspect the wireing closely before fireing it up.. I reilize thats probibly overkill for most hobbiests but I wouldnt want to be depending on the light form one of those fixtures and have my tank going dark on me..
the most advantagious part of using T-5 HO
is the design and effecency of the reflectors.. I would like to see closeup photo's of the T-5 reflectors in there fixtures so I could give my oppinon of the effecency of the design..
They have great prices on there replacement bulbs as well.. they only have 12000K and 03
in T-5 HO
.. 12000K would be sutible for freshwater though.. and at 7 bucks a pop for 4 footers thats a price that will not be beat anywere from what Ive seen..