Editor's Choice - Our Favorite MQ Aquarium Lights

1. MQ 8-20 in Submersible LED Aquarium Light, Color Changing Fish Tank Light with Remote Control, IP68 ...

User Ratings: 68 5

MQ First Impressions

"But I didn't need them."

But now was an opportunity to upgrade. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. I'm very happy with the light performance. If necessary, I'll just buy one more and I'm sure I'll be fine. My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. For the price these lights are incredible. Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade.

  • MQ 8-20 in Submersible LED Aquarium Light, Color Changing Fish Tank Light with Remote Control, IP68 Crystal Glass LED Lights Bar, for Fish Tank 10-35 inch
  • Colorful Visual Effect- 24 keys controller can provide 16 colors and 4 modes (smooth/flash/strobe/fade) for your fish tank. Multi Color Changing LED Lamp gives bright light effects and a totally different vision.
  • Lighting Brightness Adjustable - Two buttons (Rise / Down) in the left-top of the remote used to adjust the brightness for this light. It can make your fish tank a colorful landscape.
  • Energy saving - 5050 LED lights chip make the fish tank lights 35% brighter than others. 5050 SMD lamps are safe, low heat and long-lasting. Can be widely used in fish tank, turtle tank, reptile tank, pond and so on.
  • IP68 Waterproof – The fish tank light can be fully submerged in water and work underwater. 2 Strong Suction Cups allow you to fix the submersible fish tank light to the specific place as you wish.
  • Safety Design - With low voltage of 12V, the LED aquarium light is safe and won't cause any harm to people or fish. And the explosion protection acrylic glass give a more clear and safer light for your aquariums.
  • Waterproof: IP68 Waterproof for the LED bar
  • Light Color: 16 color with 4 modes
  • LED Light Type: 5050
  • Manufacture: MQ
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MQ
  • Brightness [star rating='3.8']
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

MQ Final Thoughts

" just in case."

You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. I've had these lights for three weeks and so far they are AWESOME. Now thanks to this light they are not only surviving but thriving also. Overall, this LED light gives new fish tank owners the best bang for the buck.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(684 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated MQ Aquarium Lights

2. MQ 8-24 in Submersible LED Aquarium Light, Newest 240° Angle Underwater LED Light, Color Changing w...

User Ratings: 64 8

MQ First Impressions

"The color looks great."

Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. It's not an issue now that I understand it, but I thought it was broken at first. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. The person I sold them to had one start smoking and burnt out the white channel. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying.

  • MQ 8-24 in Submersible LED Aquarium Light, Newest 240° Angle Underwater LED Light, Color Changing with Remote Control, 5050 RGB LED Fish Tank Light, 9.3-13W, for Fish Tank 9-30 inch
  • 240° Wide-angle Lighting - This LED light for fish tank is made of double row beads, 240°Angle irradiation range for fish tank. The irradiation range is wider and brighter, and the corner of the fish tank is also clear. Provide a perfect living environment for your fish and plants.
  • Colorful Visual Effect - 24 keys controller can provide 16 colors and 4 modes for your fish tank. Intelligent switching, intelligent remote control. Multi Color Changing LED Lamp gives bright light effects and a totally different vision.
  • Energy Saving - 5050 LED lights chip make the fish tank lights 35% brighter than others. 5050 RGB four core lamp beads are safe, low heat and long-lasting. Can be widely used in fish tank, turtle tank, reptile tank, pond and so on.
  • Safety Design - The streamlined housing design and the heat-dissipating aluminum alloy groove make it have better heat dissipation, as well as the humanized power line separation design. And the explosion protection acrylic glass give a more clear and safer light for your aquariums.
  • IP68 Waterproof – The fish tank light can be fully submerged in water and work underwater. 2 Strong Suction Cups allow you to fix the submersible fish tank light to the specific place as you wish.
  • Manufacture: MQ
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MQ
  • Brightness [star rating='3.9']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

MQ Final Thoughts

"So we used tape."

I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. It can penetrate deep into the tank and grow corals. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours. Check out the photos on this 20 gallon grow out tank. I purchased three of these for my 240 gallon reef tank and they work incredibly well. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(126 Points)

3. MQ RGB Aquarium Light, LED Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets, 24/7 Automated Planted Plus Aqu...

User Ratings: 64 4

MQ First Impressions

"Definitely submersible."

Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well. It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. ‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. My plants have been pearling by late evening since installing the light. This lights had the reviews i was looking for.

  • MQ RGB Aquarium Light, LED Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets, 24/7 Automated Planted Plus Aquarium Light with Remote Controller
  • Perfectly Imitable: This Fish Tank Light can gradually mimics the effect of a slow sunrise, bright daylight and gentle sunset, providing your animals with a natural lighting cycle
  • Multiple Weather Setting: Multiple weather effects including cloudy, lightning, sunny and moonlight. Power: 7W, Input: AC 100-240V. Numbers of LED Lights: 36 (24 White + 12RGB) Power Cable Length: 6.56ft(2m)
  • Adjustable Light: With RGB and white lights, 4 color changing and brightness adjustable are perfect for strong plant growth while bringing vivid colors and can create an amazing atmosphere for fish, inverts, live rock and corals
  • Multi-Mode: The infrared equipped remotes easily allows the fixture to enter a hands free 24/7 auto cycle mode, activate weather modes and customize your own colors mode
  • Easy Installation: Extendable brackets allows this LED light to fit most aquarium fish tanks 12-20 inches wide. Can be used over a glass aquarium cover or panel. (Each side can be extended to extra 12cm/4.7in.)
  • Light Color: White and RGB
  • LED Light Type: 2835 and 5050
  • Light Length: 12in(30cm)
  • Manufacture: MQ
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MQ
  • Brightness [star rating='3.8']
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

MQ Final Thoughts

"Actual length of the 7."

I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. Suprized how well it lights up this tank. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(73 Points)

4. Acksky LED Aquarium Light, Color Changing Fish Tank Light with Remote Control, 16 Colors and 4 Modes...

User Ratings: 66 9

Acksky ACK-04 First Impressions

"This is a bright."

This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. I purchased three of these for my 240 gallon reef tank and they work incredibly well. I purchased three of these for my 240 gallon reef tank and they work incredibly well. It's been about a month since the new LED light came in. They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. There IS a purple hue to this fixture.

  • Acksky LED Aquarium Light, Color Changing Fish Tank Light with Remote Control, 16 Colors and 4 Modes, IP68 Waterproof Underwater Submersible LED Lights for Fish Tank
  • 【 Upgrade Version 】Our aquarium light use 5050 imported lamp beads, 50% brighter than other fish tank light and more save energy, the service life of up to 50,000 hours .In addition, the suction cup is upgraded to be thicker and larger, made of anti-aging materials for long term use. The suction cups can be also adjusted to your favorite position, let the water looks sparkly in the aquarium.
  • 【 IP68 Waterproof 】 There are three layer sealing on the top of aquarium led light. With the excellent sealing designed, the led fish tank lights can be completely put into the water. Not only promote the healthy growth of fishes and plants, but also provide your aquarium bright lighting landscape.(Please note that the power adapter is not waterproof.)
  • 【 Remote Control & 16 Colors & 4 Modes 】 16 colors, 4 dynamic modes (flash, strobe, fade, smooth), 5 level brightness can be adjusted, simply press up or down to increase or decrease the brightness from 20% to 100%, meet all your needs for light brightness, created a dreamy ocean world for your fishes. Besides, the remote control has a memory function, can remember the last saved settings.
  • 【 Soft Light & Scope of Application 】 Our fish light is soft light, close to natural light, reducing the light damage to the fishes, protecting our eyes better. Not need to worry about stroboscopic anymore, made a soft and comfortable background for your aquarium tank. Ideal for tropical fish (dragon fish, blood parrot, etc.), sea fish, algae, shrimps, coral lighting and so on. You will have a new underwater vision with the brilliant lighting color.
  • 【 What You Get 】The package come with 1 * led aquarium light, 1 * power adapter, 1 * remote control, 1 * silicone trachea, 1 * instruction manual. Free return for refund and replacement if you are not satisfied with our products within 180 days. If you have any issue with ACKSKY aquarium lights for fish tank, please feel free to contact us and we are here to help you.
  • Manufacture: Acksky
  • Batteries: 1 CR2 batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Acksky ACK-04
  • Brightness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

Acksky ACK-04 Final Thoughts

"No remote."

I changed my review and contacted Hygger. So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after. If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top. This is another awsome product from hygger. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(38 Points)

5. BeamsWork EA Timer 6500K 0.50W LED Aquarium Light Freshwater Plant

User Ratings: 82 3

Beamswork First Impressions

"Pretty easy to program."

They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty. It's a simple design, easy and intuitive to set up, adjustable and fits great. They did well enough during the time I had them. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect! The plants love it and it's easy on the eyes. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well.

  • BeamsWork EA Timer 6500K 0.50W LED Aquarium Light Freshwater Plant
  • Lumen: 2600
  • LEDs: 54x 0.50W
  • Config: 45x 6500K, 9x Actinic 460nm
  • Timer Ready, 2 Mode Day / Night
  • Suitable for freshwater, plants, cichlid, discus, tetra
  • Manufacture: Beamswork
  • Product Dimensions: 47 x 5.25 x 1 inches; 4.85 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Beamswork
  • Brightness [star rating='4.3']
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Beamswork Final Thoughts

"Took off 4 stars."

This light does a great job and grows plants in a rapid rate. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. It illuminates my 20g long fish tank entirely and perfectly. You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. There IS a purple hue to this fixture. Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(366 Points)

6. Fluval AQUASKY 2.0 LED Aquarium Light 15-24"

User Ratings: 86 3

Fluval First Impressions

"Hope it lasts."

I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect! This light has some great intensity to it. For the price you will not find a better light on the market. When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap.

  • Fluval AQUASKY 2.0 LED Aquarium Light 15-24"
  • Operated exclusively via mobile app
  • Larger Touch-Switch surface and design offers stable control without any fuss
  • Allows you co control the red, green, blue and super bright white LEDs individually
  • Wider coverage – each individual LED casts 120° of illumination for wider, uniform lighting without dead spots
  • Multiple weather effects – from stormy lightning to dense cloud cover, recreate seasonal systems from the world’s great fish habitats
  • Manufacture: Hagen
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval
  • Brightness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

Fluval Final Thoughts

"Good build quality."

Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. The following Monday they shipped a new power supply. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. This light has some great intensity to it. You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. The following Monday they shipped a new power supply.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(104 Points)

7. Finnex Stingray 2 Aquarium LED Light

User Ratings: 83 3

Finnex FL-48 First Impressions

"Pretty easy to program."

I was skeptical about only having 3 lighting types at first. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. I'm very happy with the light performance. Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it. The corals look beautiful and the color spectrum is great. It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired.

  • Finnex Stingray 2 Aquarium LED Light
  • 48" Pencil thin multi Color LED Fixture
  • (112) 7000K + (16) actinic Blue LEDs + (16) 660Nm RED LEDs
  • Tri-color blend to promote and showcase inhabitants
  • 3 position switch +moonlights
  • Manufacture: Finnex
  • Product Dimensions: 46.5 x 2.75 x 1 inches; 2.75 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Finnex FL-48
  • Brightness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

Finnex FL-48 Final Thoughts

"I love this light."

It's been about a month since the new LED light came in. What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day. They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. I contacted NICREW they were great with customer service. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(289 Points)

8. NICREW RGB Plus Aquarium Light, Freshwater Aquarium LED Light with Remote Controller, 24/7 Automated...

User Ratings: 62 11

NICREW First Impressions

"Very bright."

Overall, this LED light gives new fish tank owners the best bang for the buck. It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for. So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after. I just put half inch molding around the lights so they don't move. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! It's so bright, I was concerned that I would bleach the corals at the 1 setting. For the price these lights are incredible.

  • NICREW RGB Plus Aquarium Light, Freshwater Aquarium LED Light with Remote Controller, 24/7 Automated Aquarium Light
  • Gradually mimics the effect of a slow sunrise, bright daylight and gentle sunset, providing your animals with a natural lighting cycle
  • Multiple weather effects including cloud cover and lightning storms
  • Adjustable full spectrum of this light is perfect for strong plant growth while producing vivid colors
  • 4 separate memory slots allowing users to save and access their custom colors and intensities
  • The infrared equipped remotes easily allows the fixture to enter a hands free 24/7 mode, activate weather modes and customize your own colors mode
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW
  • Brightness [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

NICREW Final Thoughts

"Actual length of the 7."

My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. This light has some great intensity to it. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! Like most led strips, this is low profile and thin. Few months ago I decided to try my hand at propagation coral.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(825 Points)

9. Allnice Aquarium Bubble Light Aquarium Air Stone Disc with 7 Light Colors Changing and Slow Flash Ef...

User Ratings: 69 4

Allnice First Impressions

"It's a good light."

They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. I was skeptical about only having 3 lighting types at first. It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect. ‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. The Nicrew comes with 2 different brackets to make sure it fits your aquarium.

  • Allnice Aquarium Bubble Light Aquarium Air Stone Disc with 7 Light Colors Changing and Slow Flash Effect LED Light Air Bubble Stone Lamp for Fish Tanks Aquariums and Fish Ponds
  • 【Ultra-high dissolved oxygen】- Note: Without remote control. This aquarium air stone push out the bubbles small, dense, uniform, which makes double oxygen dissolving rate in water, improved oxygenation and gas exchange. Increases air flow/circulation to oxygenate water, which is beneficial to aquatic life.
  • 【Colorful lights】- This bubbler fish tank lights creates beautiful underwater effects by a slow flash way. It comes with 12 straw-hat light beads and 7 kinds of lighting colors. Always keep your fish vivid and lively.
  • 【Round disc Design】- Round disc shapes can stay steady at the bottom of the tank bubbler, maximizes the outlet area of the air stone. And add beauty to your display aquarium with this round fish tank bubbler stone to create micro bubbles.
  • 【IP68 Waterproof】- The lamp body can be fully submerged in water and work underwater, but the power adapter is not waterproof, please keep it away from water and water vapor.
  • 【Safe & Environmental Friendly】- Fish tank air bubble lamp is made of circular sand, with high temperature sintering, safe, durable and environmental friendly, it is safe to use in your aquarium. For first time use, we recommend you wash it with tap water and sock it with tank water for 1-2 hours.
  • Manufacture: Allnice
  • Material: Circular sand
  • Item Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Color: Multicolor
  • Power Source: Corded Electric
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Allnice
  • Brightness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

Allnice Final Thoughts

"I would recommend buying!"

I contacted NICREW they were great with customer service. The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it. The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying. Thanks u so much Hygger for all the amazing equipment u offer. My standard 10 gallon tank's hood finally crapped out on me. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(40 Points)

10. Aqueon OptiBright MAX LED Light, 48 to 54 Inches, Remote Control Aquarium Lamp

User Ratings: 90 10

Aqueon 1002533617 First Impressions

"Switch has 3 settings."

So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after. I now own 2 of these lights and I love them. This lights had the reviews i was looking for. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying. I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. I'm very happy with the light performance.

  • Aqueon OptiBright MAX LED Light, 48 to 54 Inches, Remote Control Aquarium Lamp
  • Adjustable mounting brackets: 48 to 54 inches long
  • Fits aquariums size 33 and 40 long, 55, 72 bow front
  • Jam packed with bright LEDs for MAXimum aquarium illumination
  • Includes RF remote control of 24-hour light timer and individual light intensity
  • With this kind of power, you can grow and sustain most low-medium light level plants in your aquatic ecosystem
  • Manufacture: AQUEON
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 4.5 x 49 inches; 4.15 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 1002533617
  • Brightness [star rating='4.7']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Aqueon 1002533617 Final Thoughts

"My cats love it!"

If necessary, I'll just buy one more and I'm sure I'll be fine. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. Just got this light today, and WOW! So if you set it to white only, it will default to ALL lights on. Sealed very well and the shipping was next day. It's the best bang for your buck for a minimal reef light. It's not too bright and not too dim.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(12 Points)

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