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Hydra vs. Hydra TwentySix

 

Recently we have received several customer comments and concerns regarding the Hydra vs. the Hydra TwentySix.  Most of these comments suggest that the Hydra with 4 LED clusters is better than the Hydra TwentySix because it has only 2 LED clusters. The goal here is to put that perception to rest. We consulted with Joel at Aqua Illumination to better understand the rationale behind the development of the Hydra TwentySix since the Hydra was a fairly new product and still in good demand.  Here's a quick look at the differences and why Aqua Illumination feels that the Hydra TwentySix is a viable alternative to the Hydra.

Hydra vs. Hydra TwentySix - key points of interest:

  • The AI Hydra TwentySix has 26 LEDs versus the Hydra's 20 LEDs at the same wattage.  (The Hydra TwentySix is more efficient)
  • The LEDs on the Hydra TwentySix are in a tighter cluster which lessens the shadowing or "disco ball" effect.
  • The 2 LED clusters are further apart in the Hydra TwentySix VS the 2 center clusters on the Hydra.  Basically, the Hydra TwentySix provides the power of each two outer clusters of the Hydra within each of its individual clusters.
  • The footprint of the Hydra TwentySix is 7.28"x5.375"x1.6 while the Hydra is 11.9" x 5.4" x 2.1"
  • What is not to love about more output over the same area in a smaller package at the same price?

BioTek Marine is currently developing a Hydra TwentySix mounting bracket similar to the HM mounting arm which presently exists for the standard Hydra fixture, but at a reduce...

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The new Aqua Illumination Hydra TwentySix is presently scheduled to arrive the 1st week of June.  Aquarium Specialty is taking pre-orders now and all pre-orders will ship out the day that the new products arrive into the Aquarium Specialty warehouse.  The picture above depicts the Hydra FiftyTwo along with the new Hydra TwentySix (shown with 2 LED clusters). The new Hydra TwentySix lighting cliuster offers 7 individually colored LEDs in the same configuration as the Hydra FiftyTwo and it is designed to easily illuminate a 24" x 24" footprint for most of the standard-sized aquariums.  The Hydra TwentySix has a Max PAR reading at 263 uMol while the standard Hydra maxes out at 225 uMol.  Each fixture consumes the same 90 watts of power at maxium intensity. For more information on PAR numbers, pricing, and other specifications, please click here.

Arriving next week as a new option, Aquarium Specialty will have the new BioTek Marine acrylic tank mount for the Hydra TwentySix, the standard Hydra, and the Hydra FiftyTwo fixtures.

The New AI Hydra TwentySix Features & Specifications:

  • Packs as much power as the regular Hydra
  • 7.28" x 5.37" x 1.6"
  • 26 total LEDs
  • Compatible with all AI accessories.
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs (.95 kg)
  • Power Consumption: 90 watts at full power
  • Input Power: 100 to 240 VAC / 50-60 Hz
  • Max PAR: 263 uMol 

 

     

     

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      Is it time for an Upgrade?

      Aqua Illumination now offers a Hydra FiftyTwo upgrade for their Sol and Vega legacy fixtures.  As one of the most powerful LED lights available today, the Hydra FiftyTwo delivers 135 watts of high-end LED lighting from 7 different LED colored diodes.  The Hydra FiftyTwo LED fixtures currently retail for $599, however current owners of the AI Sol or AI Vega LED fixtures may upgrade to AI’s best fixture for half the price.

      The Aqua Illumination Hydra FiftyTwo upgrade kit is priced at $299 per fixture provided that you have the heat sink and fan from your previous fixture.  The upgrade is easily and quickly accomplished with a screw driver or allen wrench.  Once installed, the next step is to have your wireless controller or director recognize your new fixture.

      It is fortuitous for Aqua Illumination purchaser's that this company has designed an upgradeable fixture to keep up with the ever changing LED technology.  For information or to order this upgrade, you will need to contact Aqua Illumination directly. As of this date, Aqua Illumination is not offering the upgrade kits to its distributor to provide to their previous Sol and Vega customers.  To order new Aqua Illumination products like the Hydra and Hydra FiftyTwo click here.

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      Ecotech + AI

      Ecotech Marine and Aqua Illumination are merging the two companies together to form one dominate force in the aquarium industry.  Both Aqua Illumination and Ecotech Marine are considered by many to be the best LED lighting companies available in the aquarium industry.  What does this merger mean to you?  Well here is what we know so.

      The partnership between Ecotech Marine and AquaIllumination will provide endless opportunities for development and innovation beyond what each company already provides as individual companies.  Each brand will remain a separate entity and continue to manufacture distinct product lines, but the shared ownership will allow each of us to improve and grow.

      FAQs

      Is either brand being dissolved?
      No, both brands will remain independent. This exciting merger is designed to capitalize on the operational and infrastructure advantages that result from the merger of two US based manufacturers. Product lines and branding will remain separate and occur at the separate Iowa and Pennsylvania facilities.

      Will EcoTech products be sold under the AI brand or vice versa?
      No, the brands and products will remain independent.

      Will I still be able to buy EcoTech  and AI products from my favorite store?
      Yes, there will be no changes to retail availability. AI products will remain distributed by AI and EcoTech products will be distributed by EcoTech.

      Will there be any changes to EcoTech or AI prices?
      No. Prices will not be impacted.

      Who do I contact for customer support?
      EcoTech and A...

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      Aqua Illumination caught us off guard again with their new and improved Aqua Illumination Wireless Controller that features improved buttons for easier control and a vivid color display while remaining at the same $79.95 cost as the older version.  For wireless and world wide control from your smart phone, tablet, or desktop please see the Aqua Illumination Director controller.

      AI Wireless Controller

      AI Wireless Controller Advantages:

      With a vivid display and built-in wireless capability the Aqua Illumination controller is sure to make managing your lighting very colorful.  The new AI Controller features include:

      • Wireless Control
      • Intuitive easy to Navigate Menus
      • Sweeping Clouds & Lightning
      • Up to 30 Timers
      • Easy press buttons
      • Increased Menu Options
      • Energy Saver screen mode
      • Includes USB Power Adapter

       

      New, Improved Buttons

      Controllers now feature more reliable, easier to use buttons. Each button makes a subtle audible click when pressed to help users know that the button has been engaged.

      Simply Simple

      With a new, vivid color display and user-friendly interface, the new controller is easier to read and fun to use.

      Weather Effects

      Setup sweeping cloud cover which travels across light fixtures. Add lightning to the mix for the ultimate in realistic weather effects.

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      AI Director

      One of the most anticipated releases of 2013 is here, the Aqua Illumination Director.  The AI Director is the ultimate control platform that can control your Aqua Illumination LED fixtures from anywhere in the world with your smart phone, PC or tablet at a very reasonable $99.00 price tag.  Aquarium Specialty expects the 1st delivery to arrive no later than November 12th but they could land as soon as November 8th.  Feel free to pre-order now.  Aquarium Specialty promisses to ship all pre-orders the day that inventory arrives.

      Features

      • The new standard in control platforms
      • Control any AI wirelessly enabled device
      • The AI Director can be connected via 802.11 Wifi (with included dongle) or Ethernet
      • Connect to the Director through the cloud with myAI
      • You may also access the AI Director via your local network
      • Manage 10 tanks with up to 30 lights with one Director
       

       

      LED Controls

      • Weather
        • Realistic cloud sweeps
        • Lightning Storms
        • *Provided an Internet connection, the Director can pull live weather from user configured locations on Earth
      • Lunar Cycle
      • Coral Acclimation
      • Test Run
        • Plays your entire day's timer configuration in fast forward.
      • Dynamically recognize changes in LED configurations using PowerPuck™ technology.
      • Up to 100 control points per LED color per group for a given day.

       

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        By now you may have heard about the new Aqua Illumination Director LED lighting controller.  The AI Director is currently being Beta tested by several users and it appears to be in the final phases of testing.  Aquarium Specialty has placed it's inital stock order for the AI Director and they expect to begin taking pre-orders in the next week or so.  If you wish to get on the pre-order list then please email or call Aquarium Specialty to get in line for the 1st shipment.  Here's more about the Aqua Illumination Director and why we are excited to see this product hitting the market.

        Are you heading to MACNA next week?  If so then be sure to stop by the Aqua Illumination booth and check out the Director.  After you see it in action then head over to the Aquarium Specialty booth to pre-order one at the $99.00 introductory price.  No worries if you can't make it to the show.  You can still place pre-orders though the Aquarium Specialty website or hop on the Pay the Day it Ships list by calling Aquarium Specialty.

         

        Unmatched feature set:

        • The new standard in control platforms
        • Control any AI wirelessly enabled device
        • The AI Director can be connected via 802.11 Wifi (with included dongle) or Ethernet
        • You may also access the AI Director via your local network
        • Manage 10 tanks with up to 30 lights with one Director
        • LED control features...
          • Weather
            • Realistic cloud sweeps
            • Lightning Storms
            • Provided an Internet connection, the Director can pull live weather from user configured locations on ...
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        The new Aqua Illumination Hydra LED Fixture combines the controls of the AI Vega and the unmatched power of the AI Sol at $399.00 per LED module.  The Aqua Illumination Hydra brings a new level of performance to the AI product line.  Available in a black or white case like the rest of the AI LED line, the AI Hydra features wireless connectivity out of the box.
        Unlike the AI Sol Blue & White, the Hydra uses 80 degree lenses to provide uniform light output and color blending. At a maximum of 95 watts from the wall, it follows in the family’s efficient footsteps.
        Hydra

        LEDs

        The AI Hydra utilizes the latest LED technology from leading manufacturers, arranged to provide the best performance.

        Power

        Combining the control of the AI Vega and unmatched power of the AI Sol, the AI Hydra brings a new level of performance. Unlike the Sol Blue & White, the Hydra uses 80 degree lenses to provide uniform light output and color blending. At a maximum of 95 watts from the wall, it follows in the family’s efficient footsteps.

        The Hydra fills the visible light spectrum with light to spare. We set the standard in LEDs, and have taken our years of experience and customer feedback to provide an even wider spectral output with the AI Hydra by adding 415nm Violet and 400nm UV LEDs to the mix.

        Visible Spectrum

        80 Degree Lens Array

        It Blends

        The AI Hydra uses 80 degree proprietary lenses to provide uniform light output and color blending.  The Hydra utilizes the same TIR (Total Internal Reflection) optical design while incorporating and diffuse exit sur...

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        Aqua Illumination Wireless Controller

        Here’s some exciting news from Aqua Illumination regarding their new wireless controller.  After listening to customer feedback and suggestions, Aqua Illumination recently announced the release of a major revision to their New Controller firmware that I happened to install yesterday over our new Vega reef tank. This new update offers a long list of new options, including support for the custom AI PowerPucks (coming out in the near future - more on that in a later article), wireless operation for SOL and Nano modules using the wireless adapter, a global regional timer to mimic sunrise/sunset times of major coral reefs, and much more. This firmware update is, of course, free to everyone who owns the New Controller and it is currently available to download from the AquaIllumination website.

        One of the slickest features we like are the fail safe Vega dim down and the global region timers that simulate the light schedule of major reefs around the world.  Although the reef sunlight schedule is not a must have for healthy coral growth it has been show that spawning can occur under lighting conditions that more closely mimic the suns patterns.

        The fail safe dim down of the AI Vega is particularly important to prevent coral burning if the modules lose wireless communications.  The other really cool feature, which AI calls Global Region Timers, is useful for aquarists looking to recreate natural lighting as close to nature as possible.  The firmware upgrade mimics lighting conditions in ...

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