Yet another lighting question topic - Kessil 350w's or radiums, opinions needed

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  1. ModernReefKeeper

    ModernReefKeeper Guest

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    So if im getting new lighting on my 48" 22 top dimension 100gal

    Was thinking either two of the Kessil 350w's
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    two 250w radiums

    If you were setting up a new tank and were going to have to get lighting, what would you do?
    Which would you go with, personally?

    im on the fence at the moment
    Im running 8 ATI t5 bulbs and have not been happy with the results with color.
     
  2. Dazed1

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    Kessil. You'l also be able to control the intensity of blue/white (manually) and the tank will be cooler, much cooler.
     
  3. Coral reefer

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    I like the ai sol blues a lot
     
  4. Gomer

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    purely based on older LED/Radium experience. If I had a lot of SPS, I'd go radium, otherwise Kessil. My history with SPS and LED hasn't be the greatest, but YMMV.
     
  5. Coral reefer

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    Sps took me awhile to get it looking and growing well with the ai sol blues, but they are growing fast now!
     
  6. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

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    heh, for a second I kept reading that as Kessil vs Radion... strangely enough that'd be a much easier choice since its basically the same technology just with different options & pricing.

    Now Radiums vs Kessils... even though kessil fixtures are relatively new, I might just go with them simply because this is a new tank, so there won't really be a transitional period with adjustment except from where corals come from to where they go.

    Now my experience with LEDs in general is the following

    a) Softies love it, royal blues give you a very nice color pop.
    b) Algae loves the spectrum as well, where as with halides not so much, and not the good I want to keep this type of algae :D
    c) SPS corals kind of so so..
     
  7. Coral reefer

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    Haha, I saw radion too
     
  8. eldiablosrt8

    eldiablosrt8 Sponsor

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    Imo new tank go kessil. Since playing n selling the A350 you wont be disappointed
     
  9. ModernReefKeeper

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    Still on fence, im leaning Radiums now though, I'll update my thread with the change on my tank build soon:)
     
  10. IM SO SALTY

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    Fooled me I thought it was radions at first too...lol. If you are really looking for the best color out of your coral kessils for sure especially with the manual adjustment on the a350 you can really set the mood...haha. Something else to consider is heat transfer to the tank with the radiums and electricity costs.
     
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    By the way what is making you lean toward the radiums?
     
  12. houser

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    Moving forward I'd debate as well however I was "receptive" to purchasing a 350 to experiment/play against my radiums but couldn't pull the trigger. I did however grab another A150W to hang over my 40g. Personally I'm in the longer photoperiod LED mode @less flux (A150W) with much shorter period of 250W radium. I'm doing that on both tanks and like it.
     
  13. 650-IS350

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    I bit the bullet and purchased a A350W awaiting delivery
     
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    Got mines in this afternoon, love the Kessils.
     
  15. eldiablosrt8

    eldiablosrt8 Sponsor

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    after playing with the A350w today that is one bad little light, i even swapped our A350 out for a A350w,LOL
     
  16. 650-IS350

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    Love how quiet n tuneable the light color n intensity is
     

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