Looks like they might arrive just about the time my WB-P7225 will be ready for them… at least I hope so. Definitely not going to put lights until I know a certain release date.
I picked up a trident a coupe weeks ago and was surprised by it also, it just feels lite and flimsy. The drawer feels like it just lays in there. I guess I’m just from a time when quality things are made of metal and heavy. But I guess it doesn’t really matter as long as it performs well. Which I don’t have experience with yet.If the build quality is equivalent to other modules of late, looking at you trident, these will be plastic junk.
Pushing it I will try. It will be a pretty standard mixed tank. SPS and acros in the top half of the tank. I originally planned for 48in tank but I think the location will be fine for a 60in and it’s not much in tank price to jump 12in. I planned for 3 xr15 G5 on the 48 but I didn’t think it was going to work on a 60in. I’m planning for 4 and will check it with the par meter. I also have a T5 ballast laying around I could throw on. Or return the xr15 for xr30s or 2 skys.60” tank is pushing it for 4 XR15s depending on what you’re keeping. I’d say it’s almost territory for 3x XR30 on the contrary 2x of these Sky lights seem to be right in line.
UV causes certain corals to fluoresce, noticeable difference in running with and without UV channels on Radions.
Well, I hate to break it to you, but the "UV" on redion isn't actual uv spectrum. UV spectrum is between 100-400nm wavelength, ecotech website says the UV channels are 405nm and 415nm. It's close to UV, but not actual UV, more like a very dark violet which would be very good at making colors pop.
It's very hard for me to shell out $800 for a light when they don't even label colors and spectrum correctly. It's not like they can argue that 405nm is UV, it simply isn't UV spectrum. The g5 is a great light though, and grows some awesomely colored corals, it just baffles me when companies mislabel something that can be easily checked.
Pushing it I will try. It will be a pretty standard mixed tank. SPS and acros in the top half of the tank. I originally planned for 48in tank but I think the location will be fine for a 60in and it’s not much in tank price to jump 12in. I planned for 3 xr15 G5 on the 48 but I didn’t think it was going to work on a 60in. I’m planning for 4 and will check it with the par meter. I also have a T5 ballast laying around I could throw on. Or return the xr15 for xr30s or 2 skys.
I often see people comment on the quality of Neptune products. Usually they are unfavorable and lean on the products being cheaply made.
So my question is, what is the reference? Are there competing platforms and products at the same price points I can compare against?
I have a new build I’m working on. Automation won’t come until cycling and a bit of maturing, so I have the option of choosing something other than Neptune which, for me, despite some hiccups delivers tremendous value. The integrations, programming, extensibility, mobile and web apps, support experience, and holistic approach I thought are top notch for the price points. Would I like more value? Of course! That doesn’t make it reasonable.
Thanks for the suggestions.
A year? Wow.That's the bigger problem, there is no direct competitor anymore. Digital Aquatics closed up shop, you have GHL which is really geared to the European market and Coralvue Hydros which is very much upcoming.
From a UI/overall stand point Neptune has the right idea, it's just their modules leave a lot to be desired. Many repair threads online documenting how many corners are cut with electronics components. I can't speak for their P&L statements but can speak from experience that the corners they cut impact the life of their product. I no longer expect much more than a year for an EB832/FMM based on my experience.
A year? Wow.
Okay, that would certainly be problem. Thanks for the reply, too.
In Marc’s video they talked about how the lights started a Phillips lights and then Neptuneified them. I don’t have experience with Phillips like either though. He posted a pic of para numbers and only at 58% I believe. At least they can be used as stand alone units, that should help with sales too.Melevsreefs has them on his tank.
IMO his tank looked better with his MH light.
He starts talking and showing them around the 8:20 minute mark.