I was already planning to purchase the Innovative Marine 38-gallon Nuvo Aquarium, so the light had to be small enough to fit over its cube-shape. My new tank was going to be a mixed reef with SPS corals, so I knew I needed something powerful.
LEDs are known for their long life, excellent color, compact design, control and minimal heat output. With all of this in mind, I decided to go with the EcoTech Marine Radion XR30w G2 Light Fixture
The Radion XR30w G2 packaging was simple but professional. I was impressed with the design and quality of the fixture right out of the box. It was basically plug-and-play: I just plugged the ballast into the wall and the light into the ballast. The Radion immediately came on and I was amazed by the light intensity.
EcoTech Marine Hanging Kit to suspend the Radion over my aquarium. Installation was simple. The screws are very sturdy and attaching the Radion to the wires was a breeze. It only took about 30 minutes to get the Radion out of the box and hanging from my ceiling. The Radion G2 is really lightweight. Raising and lowering the light is very easy with the grip lock system—just press in a button and you can move the light up or down on the wire.
EcoTech Reeflink to connect your Radion (and VorTech pumps) to your computer wirelessly.
EcoSmart Live to set up your light online. The program is great! You can set a personal light cycle down to the minute, edit the intensity of each color, control the total light intensity, produce random storm passovers and so much more.
The Radion Generation 2 is my first LED aquarium light, so I was not sure how much light or color to use throughout the day. This made custom programming the light difficult at first.
I have an EcoTech Marine VorTech MP10 powerhead wirelessly connected to my Radion which unlocks some cool features. For example, the VorTech pump will power down into night mode whenever the light turns off.
So far, I am absolutely loving my new light fixture... and my corals are, too. I would definitely recommend the Gen 2 Radion to my fellow reefers. Or, if you want to go a step above, you can opt for the just-announced Generation 3 Radions.