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evan1017
05-05-2014, 04:25 AM
Has anyone thought about buying the $299.99 upgrade kit for Sol to Hydra 54???

http://shop.aquaillumination.com/products/hydra-fiftytwo-upgrade-kit-sol-heatsink

other than wattage and full spectrum, what about the light spread? cause the 3 Sol over the 6' long and 24" tall tank which seems not enough coverage in between. Plus, I can't put any acropora below the middle level....:cry:

I wonder, does anyone know what's the life span of Sol?? obviously, it doesn't last forever..... I have been running it for about 3 years with apex controller, it also mean I can't use the apex anymore once it upgraded and another 100 bucks for the AI controller.....

duncangweller
05-05-2014, 06:31 AM
The hydra52 has a spread of 30" x30".

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evan1017
05-05-2014, 10:21 AM
The hydra52 has a spread of 30" x30".

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with how tall of the tank and how far above water??

You have one?? how do u feel about it??

mark
05-05-2014, 02:13 PM
..... I have been running it for about 3 years with apex controller, it also mean I can't use the apex anymore once it upgraded and another 100 bucks for the AI controller.....

still cost you but can use the Apex via AWM
(http://www.neptunesystems.com/ai-wireless-led-control-awm/)

evan1017
05-05-2014, 10:52 PM
still cost you but can use the Apex via AWM
(http://www.neptunesystems.com/ai-wireless-led-control-awm/)

Thanks..... i didn't know that.... which one you think is easier and have better control compare with AI director? the AWM cost $125...

coz I have my friend setting up her Radion G3, and I was using my laptop to install the software which has not of issue with Windows 7 and it is not even support Windows 8.

duncangweller
05-05-2014, 11:50 PM
I use the AWM for my apex and I like it. Its pretty easy to use. I use the fusion software on my mobile phone to control my apex and I really like it. I had a mare setting it up but once I got it going then it worked great.

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Madreefer
05-05-2014, 11:55 PM
I have 2 of the Hydra 52
My tank is 30" deep and the lights are 12" from the top of the water. They are way brighter than the regular Hydras as well as the Sols. Sorry cant help with controllors as i'm just using the AI controllor which works great.

chef
05-14-2014, 03:59 PM
how about color rendition compared to sols? I supplement with t5's (coral+ and purple+) and was debating on the upgrade. Don't really need additional power or brightness, just color. cheers