360 Tuna Blue (VS) Radion XR15 G4 Pro (VS) Hydra 26 HD

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  1. Mike N

    Mike N Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Finally upgrading lights for my 40 breeder and wondering which of the following options I should choose:
    A) 2x - Kessil 360we Tuna Blue
    B) 2x - Ecotech Radion XR15 G4 Pro
    C) 2x - AI Hydra 26 HD
    I know they're all great lights, but I'm very indecisive ;)
     

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    crabs_mcjones I was a drab little crab once. R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    I have a pair of the Kessil A360WE's over mine and I love them. The only problem (to other people, I love their simplicity) is that you have very limited control ability. You can adjust the color from blue to white and the intensity. That's it. And if you want to do any kind of programming you have to use an external controller. I use the Bluefish LED controller. It allows me to do morning ramp, nighttime ramp, cloud cover, and thunderstorms and does weather simulation for any location in the world that you choose and can be controlled from anywhere in the world. Kessil also makes their own controller, but all you can do with that is ramp up and ramp down. No special features.
    The Radions can be controlled through an external controller or via the Ecotech Reef Link. And you can control each individual color as you please. In recent years these have become the gold standard for LED reef lighting with Kessil right behind them. And they do cloud cover and storms. The Liveaquaria facility in Rhinelander WI uses all Ecotech Radions over their frag tanks (They used Kessils prior) Mainly because of the Reef Link control ability.
    The AI Hydra 26's are the only light (on your list) that come with built in control ability via WiFi App without an external controller. And are individual color controlled and can do cloud cover and storms as well.

    I agree with you that all three lights are amazing. IMO its mostly a control ability preference.
     
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    Mike N Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Thanks for the information. That does help a lot.
    I've got the money to spend, so why not spend it on the gold standard? Trigger pulled on the Radions.
     
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    crabs_mcjones I was a drab little crab once. R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    If you get the Radions, make sure to grab a Reeflink right away as well so you can control them from your phone. Unless you have an Apex with the WXM module.
     
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    Mike N Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Absolutely will, thanks.
     
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    hydras are great. plug and play(control with app). So easy, so much control and are cheaper then the radions. Radions are great though, just $$.
     
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    Mike N Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    I do like the fact you dont need additional equipment to control the Hydras. However, I did see quite a few people complaining about the wifi dropping out intermittently.
    At only $50 difference I figured I might as well go with the Radions.
     
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