Hydra TwentySix HD LED (Black) - Aqua Illumination

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Hydra TwentySix HD LED (Black) - Aqua Illumination

53% Recommend this to a friend (8 of 15)

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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.


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


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  • Nice Lights By Ken on 10/30/2017

    I have had two Hydra 26 HD's for 18 months, upgraded from T5, and so far, my critters (SPS, LPS, Softies, anemone, fish) are healthy. I set them 16 inches apart, 12 inches above my 24x48x24 tank and have good coverage, although I think three might be better. I have tried different settings and intensities but have not observed any significant changes in coral health. I currently run the lights with peak setting as follow: UV 23%, Violet 66%, Royal Blue 88%, Blue 90%, Green 32%, Red 36%, White 45% with a parabolic ramp up/down. These intensity settings somewhat follow ASTM G173 with the exception of green red & white, tuned down to prevent algae bloom. I do have two complaints. One is about the inability to disable daylight saving. To avoid confusing the fish, I set the clock to Pago Pago time. The other complaint is about software updating. The Slave did not receive the update along with the Master. With software mismatch, the two stopped communicating. A work around is to change the Slave to Master, run the update and then change it back to Slave. Hopefully, these will be fixed in future software update.
  • poor performance By jernst on 8/26/2017

    The lights work fine but the network connection is a nightmare. If the go out for some reason like power or something else it is a nightmare to get them to reconnect. Way to much trouble.
  • Good while they lasted By William Jenkins on 8/2/2017

    Overall I really enjoyed these lights. Corals seemed to love them and they were fairly easy to use once I got them set up.
    After working well for a little over a year and a half, the blue LEDs in one of the units stopped turning on completely. All the other colors work fine and everything works fine on there other fixture. Contacted customer support and it turns out there is only a 1 year warranty on the lights. They suggested I package up my light and send to them so they can assess and repair but I have to cover all costs. In addition to what it's going to cost me to ship and have it repaired I now also have to try and rearrange all my corals to try and get them under the one working light I have. Overall I'm very disappointed that for the money I spent I only get 1 year of coverage on what is clearly a manufacturers defect and now need to shell out more money to keep them working. I expected more from a led fixtures that are marketed as being high end

    Setting up the Wifi was a pain as it was not compatible with my wireless router (had to purchase a second router just so I could connect the lights) and I had a lot of issues getting the two units I had to work together correctly.
  • WiFi is poor drops connection all the time, and that is saying it nicely By IlMGuy99 on 7/23/2017

    The only stable way to control the lights remotely based on experience and via a call to the manufacture is by setting up the Parent light as an access point then connect the Child devices. The hope was to connect it to my home wifi like every other piece of trchnilogy out there. Tech support says that they DON'T SUGGEST connecting it to your WiFi because it is UNSTABLE. Instead, you have to connect to the internal Access point meaning that if you switch your phone or computer to the new SSID you won't have internet. Furthermore, that means that you cannot connect to the lights wirelessly when away from home or more than 20 feet away from the lights. That is half the reason I purchased these lights. The fact that it doesn't connect to Apex is one further reason I would avoid this expensive light until AI feels like making this product like it should be.
  • great light if you have dedicated wifi, horrible mount By Natalie on 5/29/2017

    I was really excited to purchase this light. And after the initial learning curve (because there are no real instructions in the box on how to connect the darn thing to wifi), I spent the day setting up a stunning schedule. Loved it...for the first month. Then I began to notice the light going off at random during the day. Where we live, we do not have dedicated wifi, so I haven't been keeping a connection. Well...we changed providers. Problem solved right? Nope...worse. I can not get the system to connect to the wifi and it keeps telling me device has timed out of it's connection...over and over and over. All my other devices have great connection but for some reason my Hydra will not connect. I've deleted the device, added it back, deleted it again, and added it back but no improvement. Also, the light mount will not stay in place. I bought the mount to clip to the back of the tank. The light is heavy enough that it continually pulls the light down and down until the mount pops off the top lip of the tank. Be prepared to glue it. These lights come with a hefty price tag, and they are not worth the frustration if you don't have dedicated wifi. They need to come with a manual option...ALWAYS. I'd even settle for the ability to build and save a schedule on my cloud via pc...but can't seem to find that option either.
    So a quick recap:
    The tank mount will have to be glued to my tank.
    The connection is a toss up if you don't have dedicated wifi.
    There are literally no helpful instructions in the box.
    Once you've connected to a wifi provider...I hope you don't have to switch to a new one.

    Fortunately I stumbled across a manual override by pressing the back button a number of times, and at least I can turn the lights on during the day so I don't lose my corals. But, I'll be replacing this thing very soon.

    As for the light? It's beautiful. I loved the spectrum and the color of my corals and fish for the one month that I had sporadic connectivity.
  • Beautiful Lights By POWERRANGR on 5/10/2017

    I bought 2 of these for my 90g as suggested in a "BRS chat" and WOW!!! I mounted them in a Hood and there are no issues with light distance or heat from these. Very impressed with the sunrise and sunset settings that doesn't scare my shy fish at all. Would buy them again for sure. Thanks BRS team for the suggestion!
  • 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.


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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
Are these controllable through the reef keeper like the gen 1 SOLs were?
Question by: Glen Wheelock on Jun 8, 2017 8:11:00 AM
The new AI HD fixtures are controlled completely wirelessly and do not require a controller or remote. They can connect directly through wifi to a mobile device. As a result they no longer connect to controllers such as the Neptune Apex or RKL/RKE.

Happy reefing!
Answer by: Zack (Admin) on Jun 13, 2017 9:27:00 PM
I have a 190 gal corner tank 43x43x43 from corner to center of bow it is 36" deep would 3 hydra 26hd work or what do you recommend
Question by: Ed on Nov 16, 2017 8:06:00 PM
Three Hydra 26 units would be great over your tank. Corner tanks can be difficult to cover completely and a lot has to do with your specific aquascape and coral placements, But the 26 units will defiantly have the power to give you enough power to get to the bottom of the tank. After coral grows or if your aquascape has a lot of ledges and caves, a fourth light may be needed.
Answer by: Charlie (Admin) on Nov 18, 2017 8:17:00 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