AI Hydra 52

Discussion in 'LED Aquarium Lighting' started by jborlace, Feb 8, 2015.

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  1. jborlace

    jborlace Purple Spiny Lobster

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    I think if I go with the 52 I'll get the director so I can adjust it from my iPhone even if I'm not home. And I already have my evergrow fixture hanging so the 52 can go right in its place. Thanks for the help.
     
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  3. jborlace

    jborlace Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Do you use the controller or the director to control your hydra ? Was wondering if the director saved the settings when the power goes off ? I read where the controller didn't save the settings.
     
  4. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I use the controller and yes you are correct regarding the difference between the director and the controller. I really have no need for the director since I am home and work very close to home and almost never (unfortunately) leave town. The director would be a nice little toy but I am still working on the basics such as ATO.
     
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    Newreef15 Horrid Stonefish

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    I just think for the amount of money you are going to spend on one hydra 52 with a director there's a lot of better options out there for u for around the same price. That will give you a better spread

    I have the ai sol and I think the director is a fun toy but honestly after the first few months you are never going to use it. I have friends who bought it and it's like I said they messed around with it for a while then after a few months never touched it again
     
  6. jborlace

    jborlace Purple Spiny Lobster

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    You have to have either the director or the controller to control the lights. It may be something that I don't use often but you have to have it right ?

    I'm open to all suggestions on what else is available that's comparable. Thanks.
     
  7. hart24601

    hart24601 Flamingo Tongue

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    Been a while since I have been on here, but I recently went through a similar decision. I replaced my reefbreeder lights on my 120, I went with hydra 26s over the 52 for better spread once the price dropped. I feel that unless you have a very deep tank it is better to go with more 26 fixtures over the 52. 2 26s cost $50 more than a 52, but it's worth it. According to AI when I asked them the 26s are driven higher so 2 of them are more powerful than a 52.

    I would go with 2 26 with the director. I am very happy with my 26s, I have 4 of them over my 120. I could get by with 3, but I have a clam problem and they love the extra light.
     
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  9. jborlace

    jborlace Purple Spiny Lobster

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    i needed up with one hydra 52. Loved it but it was to dark on the edges and always wanted to try Kessil so I recently traded it for a kessil a360we. Not sure about growth with the kessil yet but like the shimmer.
     
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    Oh dang, I didn't see how old that was before I replied! You pretty much found out the reason I suggested 2 26s, lol. Happy you found something you like and good luck!