The long-awaited 5th generation Radions are finally here, and revolutionized the new design! The new Gen 5 Radions have a radical new look that is far different than any of the previous Radion generations that have been released. They have a different LED spread with more color mixing and par spread so that your tank has even less shadowing and even more uniform colors. Rather than the typical puck design seen in previous Radions and other popular lights such as AI’s, Kessils, and Noopsyches these new Radions have more of a full spread of LEDs across the entire light similar to Orphek or Maxspect LEDs.
The new Radions come in 4 versions that we have come to expect from Radion. There are the typical XR-15s and XR-30s, the XR-30s having twice the LEDs as the XR-15. Then there are the subcategories of the typical pro, however, the other type is not one we have seen before, it is called the “blue” version. Unfortunately, this blue does not come with a sleek blue color on the body of the Radion, but the replacement of white LEDs with blue, red, UV, purple, and green LEDs. These new styles are the same price, the MSRP for the XR-15 blue and pro is $419.99, and the XR-30 blue and pro will cost $839.99.
This new generation of Radions comes with a 35% increase in light output that is accompanied by a much more even spread of par across the entire tank. There is also a new fan design that performs better cooling while making less noise than previous models. They also have the same mounting points so you are able to mount them with the same hardware as previous Radions.
These new Radions also come with the new Mobius app that allows you to control all of your Ecotech devices with a much sleeker and user-friendly app compared to eco-smart. You will be able to control your Radions, new Versa dosing pump, Vortech pumps, and Vectra pumps with the all-new Mobius app. The new app works off of Bluetooth and will soon have an addable chip that allows you to control older Ecotech models that are currently not compatible.
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What do you get when you put 2 internal pumps in a new skimmer? Well its being touted as the first in the eventual double pump skimmer. These are few and far between but the thought process here is 2 pumps, double the bubble rate, retaining the small footprint, and over all just skimming better than a single pump configuration.
So why am I apprehensive about this? Well i’m not a skimmer exper or pump engineer but I feel like “BALANCE” between the pumps if 1 gets clogged or breaks a needle or something would eventually become a problem. Imagine you set a skimming level while both pumps are working great and brand new but over time the pump closest to the refugium light gets a little coraline or piece of chaeto stuck in it. It then becomes a nightmare to identify which pump is not pulling its weight. I’m also not a big fan of any skimmer designs that employ a too-accurate way of regulating the water level (pipeless design) because from my experience they become clogged, algae stuck, and are never robust enough for a regular cleaning without breaking it.
I am inlove with the idea that due to the use of 2 pumps its possible that the quantity and size of the bubbles will truly become finer which would create more area and bubbles to attract and attach to waste protiens for removal.
Clearly if your a Maxspect user like we are then Syna-G is being employed to control your gyres and could also be used to control the pumps in this skimmer.
We have not seen pricing for this item yet but hope it comes in some where mid-level in price. We are anxious as ever to try it out.
Its no secret that we love using gyres in the frag systems at the shop. We have previously tried the “other ” competitiors like Jebao and from a cost perspective Maxspect GYRES always seemed to fit right in the middle.
We are looking forward to getting in a set of these pumps when they are available to try them out on a few new builds.
The features seem basic and are def remniscient of the Ice Cap Variation but I hope to get one in hand to try out soon.