Anybody have a Wifi ATI Powermodule Hybrid?

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My 60" Nanobox Reef retro LED/T5 hybrid is failing after two years so I'm in the market for a similar hybrid fixture. I like the layout of my current fixture w/ (8) LED pucks (square not round) and (4) 80w T5s in the configuration: T5 / LED / T5/T5 / LED / T5. Right now, I'm looking at replacing with a Wifi ATI Powermodule Hybrid but would like to know some positives/negatives from people who own the newer Powermodule Hybrid. My current retro is a modified ATI 6-bulb T5 fixture so I know what the T5s are like. I just know nothing about the LEDs or programming, and my current retro is 13.4" wide where this would be 12" wide (going over a 6'x2'x19" tank) so there will likely be a little less spread. Also, the ATI's LEDs run down the center so I'm guessing I'll get considerably less LED spread unless I raise the new fixture (my current fixture sits around 9" above the water's surface). Any shared information would be greatly appreciated.
 
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I ran a 4 bulb ATI hybrid for about a year+ on my tank before swapping to radions (upgrading tank)

Coverage on the LED's is actually better than you'd think. The lenses are wide-angle. BUT the T5's will be the brute force of the lighting. If I were you, I'd look at the 6 or 8 bulb hybrids, and not the 4 if you want perfect spread over the entire tank.

The programming is pretty simple, you can control the LEDs (every puck separately) and T5's (in two's)
You're supplied a couple of presets, but can also create your own.

All in all, a great fixture. I wouldn't have changed from it unless I was upgrading tanks and got a great deal on the new ones.

If you have any other questions, I'll be happy to try and answer them :)
 

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I just purchased a 8 bulb 60" hybrid myself for a new tank, haven't gotten it hung yet so I can't comment on programming. Hope to have it up in the next week or so and I'll give you some PAR measurements with LED only.
 

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My 60" Nanobox Reef retro LED/T5 hybrid is failing after two years so I'm in the market for a similar hybrid fixture. I like the layout of my current fixture w/ (8) LED pucks (square not round) and (4) 80w T5s in the configuration: T5 / LED / T5/T5 / LED / T5. Right now, I'm looking at replacing with a Wifi ATI Powermodule Hybrid but would like to know some positives/negatives from people who own the newer Powermodule Hybrid. My current retro is a modified ATI 6-bulb T5 fixture so I know what the T5s are like. I just know nothing about the LEDs or programming, and my current retro is 13.4" wide where this would be 12" wide (going over a 6'x2'x19" tank) so there will likely be a little less spread. Also, the ATI's LEDs run down the center so I'm guessing I'll get considerably less LED spread unless I raise the new fixture (my current fixture sits around 9" above the water's surface). Any shared information would be greatly appreciated.

I did run an ATI hybrid powermodule with 6x T5 and 2x LEDs on my tank.

You can find the par numbers here:


As far as programming, it was kind of straight forward once you set the fixture up and follow the steps written on the unit's packaging.

Mine didn't hold its program on my very first time, but once i reprgorammed it, it ran flawlessly...
 
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I ran a 4 bulb ATI hybrid for about a year+ on my tank before swapping to radions (upgrading tank)

Coverage on the LED's is actually better than you'd think. The lenses are wide-angle. BUT the T5's will be the brute force of the lighting. If I were you, I'd look at the 6 or 8 bulb hybrids, and not the 4 if you want perfect spread over the entire tank.

The programming is pretty simple, you can control the LEDs (every puck separately) and T5's (in two's)
You're supplied a couple of presets, but can also create your own.

All in all, a great fixture. I wouldn't have changed from it unless I was upgrading tanks and got a great deal on the new ones.

If you have any other questions, I'll be happy to try and answer them :)
Good info.!

What about going with one of the new hybrid fixtures that use Radions/Hydras/Kessils along with 2-4 bulbs?
If you mean the Aquatic Life, I thought about that. I like the ability to use whatever LEDs you like, which also is a lot more friendly if something goes wrong... ballasts aren't hard to replace, and if there is a problem with one LED fixture, you don't have to try to figure out how to ship a 5' fixture and figure out how to light your tank while the fixture is gone for some unknown amount of time. However, I don't like the lack of fans, lack of acrylic/plexi shields, and that the LED mounting appears to rely on tape. Also depending on which LEDs you add, there wouldn't necessarily be any cost savings. That said, I would probably go that route if I didn't already have my current fixture. My current fixture has lost 1-1/2 channels (all cyan/blues and half of the whites) so I've got no confidence that more won't go out. However, if I ever had to ship the new fixture back, the old fixture should work fine, even if it was just the (4) T5s, for however long it would take to send the new fixture in and receive it back. Also the new and old fixtures both mount the same, and the old fixture would likely store in the new fixture's box, so I would always have a shipping box if I ever did need to send the new fixture back.

I just purchased a 8 bulb 60" hybrid myself for a new tank, haven't gotten it hung yet so I can't comment on programming. Hope to have it up in the next week or so and I'll give you some PAR measurements with LED only.
Great! Thanks!
 
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I did run an ATI hybrid powermodule with 6x T5 and 2x LEDs on my tank.

You can find the par numbers here:


As far as programming, it was kind of straight forward once you set the fixture up and follow the steps written on the unit's packaging.

Mine didn't hold its program on my very first time, but once i reprgorammed it, it ran flawlessly...
Really nice. I might break down and go with the (6) T5s, but my tank has done well with my current similar 4-bulb fixture. Part of the reason is that my rockwork is sort of an elongated horseshoe shape, and it works out to where most rock sits pretty close to directly under the fixture, and what I have in the sand sits pretty well under the fixture as well. Of course, for an extra $28 on a $2,300 fixture (BRS), I'm not sure that the 6-bulb isn't a no-brainer. Why aren't you running now?
 

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