Hydra TwentySix HD LED (Black) - Aqua Illumination

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Hydra TwentySix HD LED (Black) - Aqua Illumination

67% Recommend this to a friend (6 of 9)

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Quick Overview

With new HD (Hyper Drive) technology you can now transfer power from one channel of LED's to another to give more power to the channels that your tank may need. HD technology also allows you to create almost any spectrum you wish with the easy to use MyAI app and AiFi wireless connection, it is by far one of the easiest lights to connect to and control from anywhere in the world.

Recommended Coverage - 18" x 18"

  • Black Body

  • Dimensions: 7.3" x 5.375" 1.6" (LxWxH)

  • Power Consumption: 90w from wall

  • Cable Length: 10ft

Note: Hanging kit or EXT rails sold separately.


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Product Questions

How many of these would you recommend on 3 by 2 by 2 feet tank? Im keeping a mix reef with more lps and softies. Thanks
Question by: Hilmi on Dec 12, 2016 10:37:00 PM
Great question! I would recommend two of these lights for your 24" x 24" tank! That will be sufficient for the LPS and Softies. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Dec 13, 2016 3:06:00 PM
Would three of these work well in my 120 gallon mixed reef build? It is a standard 6' long x 2' tall tank.Or should I go with two of the larger Hydra's? I have two braces equally spaced on the top of the tank (rimmed with these two braces running front to back) and am concerned about shadow effect if I only use two of the larger Hydra's, where if I use 3 of these guys I can put them in each of the spaces between the braces.
Question by: Jason Eddy on Jun 13, 2016 1:50:00 PM
Great question!
We recommend 3 of the Hydra 26's which will have a spread of 24" x 24" each. This will eliminate the shadowing concern. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 15, 2016 2:05:00 PM
Can these work with apex
Question by: Robert Escher on Jun 16, 2016 4:55:00 PM
Great question!
These will not work with the Apex, Only through the My AI app or through the AiFi control built into the light. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 16, 2016 5:00:00 PM
How many would I use for a 72Lx18Wx22H tank? Also what are the options for mounting this besides hanging off a ceiling?
Question by: Anthony on Nov 7, 2016 7:20:00 PM
Great question! For proper spread and PAR to cover your entire tank, I would have to recommend a minimum of four of these fixtures. As far as mounting options, other than hanging, AI has the EXT Tank Mount System listed below. You would need one for each of the light fixtures as well as an EXT Rail for each. :-)

Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Nov 8, 2016 6:02:00 PM
If these cant work with Apex then why does the apexfusion have a virtual outlet named Hydra for lightening? Just as it has for Radion. Thank you
Question by: Robert Escher on Jun 20, 2016 6:07:00 AM
Great question!
The Apex did used to work with the Old model Hydra 26. the new HD models have lost controlability with the AWM module from Neptune Systems
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 21, 2016 5:38:00 PM
How long is the warranty?
Question by: Angel on Jul 6, 2016 9:40:00 AM
These will have a one year manufacturer warranty. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jul 7, 2016 9:56:00 AM
How many do you neeed for a 120g 4824x24?
Question by: mars on Nov 12, 2016 4:30:00 AM
Great question! At a minimum, I would have to say you will need three, but for even spread and decent PAR four would be better. With that in mind, you may consider two of the Hydra52s. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Nov 14, 2016 2:18:00 PM

Full Details

Aqua Illumination has always been known for producing easy to use, attractive and functional LED lights. With their easy to use app for IOS, Android or any other internet connected device you can have the ability to control your light from anywhere their is internet access. With their parent/child relationship and wireless connection between units running multiple modules is even easier. The MyAI app is by far one of the easiest LED light control apps we have ever used.


Coverage Specifications:

Maximum Spread - 24" x 24"

Recommended spread - 18" x 18"


LED Specification:

  • 6 - Cree XP-G2 Cool White (> 70 CRI)
  • 6 - Cree XT-E Royal Blue
  • 6 - Cree XP-E2 Blue
  • 2 - OSRAM OSLON Deep Red
  • 2 - Cree XP-E2 Green
  • 2 - SemiLED 415nm
  • 2 - SemiLED 400nm


What is in the box?

1x Black Body Hydra TwentySix HD LED light Unit

1x AC Adapter Power Supply

1x User Manual



9 Items

  • Love it By Randall on 4/15/2017

    I bought a reefer deluxe system which came with a 26HD. The light is amazing so far. The interface is easy to use. I love the mobile app. Hopefully I am DONE with hot metal halides!
  • Superior LED Light! By FLSharkvictim on 9/23/2016

    Hydra TwentySix HD LED's are the bomb and have a unbelievable look to them. I really enjoy using the MyAI app and AiFi wireless connection. It is by far one the easiest lights to connect and control from anywhere in the world. It took me a little over a day and i NEEDED a little help from AI, but i had both pair up and running in no time.. These Hydrs26's are the best bang for your buck on the market. What every you do, if you go with these Hydra's make sure you start out in the acclimation mode or your going to have a massive Algae bloom. Another plus is the RAMP UP and the RAMP DOWN. Great addition to the Hydra's.. Here are my current settings for 1 month until I acclimate my these LEDS..
    Clear: 42%
    Red: 21%
    Green: 34%
    Royal Blue: 75%
    Blue: 75%
    Violet: 53%
    UV: 38%
  • Really nice By VINCE on 9/20/2016

    I have a 150 gal reef, 48"/24"/30" deep. I purchased two of the Hydra twentysix hds. Set up was a snap. I use my PC as my controller. Programming couldn't be any easier. The control is amazing. I am using about 85% of all the blue channels, and 60% of the whites. Reds and greens I have set at 30%. I can't imagine anyone not being happy with the natural looking light and shimmer these LEDs produce. From ramp up to mid day to ramp down, my 150 looks awesome. Colors on all my inhabitants is exceptional. Have been keeping a close eye on all my sps corals, after two weeks, they all look great. As important as good lighting is to a reef system, this is one of the best purchases I have made in the last 15 years
  • Solid Led Light compared to the Radiants by Eco Tech. By FLSharkvictim on 9/17/2016

    These Hydra TwentySix HD LED's are the best lights I have ever bought.,. I am so you to my AquaticLife T5's and wow what a HUGE difference, let me tell you. It's a little tricky setting them up but ones you have them integrated them on you smart phone it's a piece of cake. The great feature is they have an acclimation mode so your lights are all on @ 50% levels so you don't have a major algae bloom. Highly recommend these lights.. As far as the mounting I went the 45'' mount rail and extension and they look awesome.
  • Great Growth By Sushi Raiser on 9/15/2016

    I have 2 of technology over my 4 ft tank. There are a few shadows, but I like it. It gives me places to put corals that don't need a lot of light. Setting up was very very easy. Then the easy startup setting in the app made setting my lighting parameters quick and easy. You can also adjust a single channel at a single time. After messing with the lighting my corals are growing like crazy. My clams are open and happy. The HD 52 will be going on my 10 foot tank next year without a doubt.
  • have no complaints By E on 8/26/2016

    Dont base your purchase over one persons DOA units. I purchased one for my 29 bio cube. I know over kill but will be upgrading and did not want to buy two lights. So that being said the unit works well with good coverage about 6 inches over tank. The ios app works well and have had no issues. Very easy to adjust and allows me to use such a large light on a small tank w/o bleaching or algae issues. I have lost power a few times this summer and when power returned light came right on back into its normal schedule. Why not five stars.. well I can not compare it to anything else and wont give something 5 stars because of that.
  • Received dead on arrival, now having difficulty with distributor to replace. This is my second broken hd26, not proving to be very reliable and wifi is unstable for maintaining parent - child relationship with other HD26, a real disappointment By Fisheye on 8/19/2016

    Same as summary - hopefully Ai will sort out distributor issues.
  • Great light, not happy with mounting options By Martin on 7/29/2016

    I bought two of these to hang over red sea reefer 350 (softy / LPS). The lights themselves are very good, and I absolutely love the control you get just from a phone app. I can even log onto website at work and change my lights if I need to. I really wanted to like the mounting brackets, but I just did not have enough adjust-ability. I should have just hung my lights but I really did not like that setup. It works for now but I think I may look at other options to hang the lights down the road.
  • Solid light, easy to set up and configure By JR on 7/27/2016

    I'm running one of these on my 60g Cube. It was easy to set up and I can access the AI app with my smartphone. The settings and configurations are also user friendly and can be done remotely.