Radion XR30w or Kessil A360w

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Help!!! I have a 6x2x2 foot marine tank that I plan to fill with a mixed reef and some fish. The corals are going to be the main thing.I can only afford 2nd hand lights so should I choose 4 Kessil A360w or 2/3 Ecotech Radion XR30w???  Thanks for your help.

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Reply #1

Radions in my opinion having seen both in action I know what I would go for.

Brace yourself for filling a 6x2x2 with corals it's the same size as my tank so I know what it's going to cost you !!!!


You got any pictures of the tank :)

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Thank you. As for filling it ,definitely a long term project!!  :D Only arrives Wed/Thu.

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where the tank coming from it new or second hand :)

is it sumped or not

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2nd hand NDAquatics and not sumped but very good quality. Southwest Marines in Bristol have been great with advice.

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Reply #5

3 radions if it's a mixed reef, if it's more sps you will need 4


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I have seen the Kessil very well reviewed and it seemed easy to operate.Why do you prefer the Radion?

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Reply #7

I don't, I have 4 AI hydra 52 hds on my 6x2x2 as I couldn't justify the extra for the radions and people say the fans are noisy too.

I have never used the kessils, but yes they do get good reviews.

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Reply #8

I'm currently planning my third salty tank and this will be the first 'proper' one with sump and high-spec lights.
It won't be as big as yours (I'm looking at an Evolution Aqua eaReefPro900S which is 900mm long, 600mm high and 500mm deep).
The tank is just under £900 RRP.

Lighting is obviously going to be the big expense, and to be honest I'm shocked by how much the high-spec lights cost. They're only a few LEDs and some electronics, surely?
I could do with some advice on what I need!

Ecotech Radion: is one XR30 enough, or am I going to need several? And what's the advantage of the Pro version?
Maxspect Razor: this seems much cheaper than the Radion, for a similar power. What is worse about it? Not as efficient/bright?
AI Hydra 26 or 52: these seem somewhere in between, price-wise. Would a 52 be enough for me?

I'm not sure how to compare these objectively. I've done a bit of googling and found lots of contradictory stuff. Has anyone found a good objective comparison?

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Reply #9

Hi Paul , There's a few comparisons on you tube on the BRS ( bulk reef supplies ) channel , and a whole host of different tests covering par and spectrum . I'll post a link when I've a mo if you can't find them

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Reply #10

Thanks for the pointer - I'll have a google :-)

I'm looking at a 3-foot tank and with most of the options I think that means I'll need two light units which increases the costs significantly.
It's amazing how it all adds up when they sting you for mounting brackets and controllers too!
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Reply #11

Hi Paul, will it be mostly sps?


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Hi Paul, will it be mostly sps?
Tim

Yes, that's my intention.
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Reply #13

I would go for 2 26 hds or 2 xr15 it’s up to you if you get the pros but either will be good. Or have a look at the orphek v4 panel lights. A friend has them on his tank and he changed from radions, the colours are amazing.
Not sure how many of them you would need though.

I wouldn’t be surprised if ai and ecotech are working on panel lights for the future.


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Reply #14

Thanks Tim :)
I like the idea of the AI lights as they don’t require a separate controller, and they seem to have a good reputation. As you say, a pair of 26s would be needed to get good light distribution over the whole tank.

I’m still trying to work out the tank scape plan. It will not be conventional. Probably I will have 2 or 3 set-pieces, each with one species of coral and some appropriate fish. Perhaps I’ll start a new thread as my ideas come together.

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