AI Hydra HD 26 or 52?

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  1. arthur

    arthur Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Hi everybody. After my downgrade my 6 months old 40 gal breeder doing pretty good [​IMG] All corals are well. Last think Id like to add is light. Currently I have 2 Chineese Boxes and they are different and can't get the same color from them. One half of my tank is whiter then other. drives me crazy.. There is so many of them on market. I don't want to get crazy but I'd like to have a nice one that me and my SPS like [​IMG] I'm thinking about buying AI Hydra. It is a nice light with nice futures. Like I said I don't want to spend crazy money but 600$ is anyway. That's the cost of AI Hydra HD 52. I don't want to buy two units. Not all SPS like to be blast with light ( most do) If I have some dark spots I will make it work. What you guys think? Is this enaugh for 3' Tank? I hope it is. Other option is to buy for a 100$ more 2 AI Hydra HD 26. It is the same amout of light. Difference is that it is 2 units and that way I can spread them farther in the middle or can play with them to cover more. They say 26 will cover 2' area. I really like first option, one unit but if that for sure wont cover 3' tank then I'll go with two units I guess.. Thanks for your help.
     

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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    My tank is 45 gallons and I use the Hydra 52 and really like the fixture.
     
  4. arthur

    arthur Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    That's a good news :) Is your tank 3' also? Im getting headache from reading all different opinions.. I think will buy 52 and live with my decision...
     
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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    26.5" x 21" x 19

    You have to mount the light parallel to the front rim and high enough to provide enough spread. It's a great light IMO, I would have gone Radion but that was just too far out of my budget.
     
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    arthur Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    This is my worry... My tank is 10" longer. Maybe 2- 26" will be better option.. That way I can spread 2 units little more and make sure edges when I have frag racks are lit good too... what do you think?
     
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    Whatever you decide let us know! I'm in the same boat as you are.
     
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  9. arthur

    arthur Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Sure I will... But it will take couple weeks at least.