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Apex Controller Gold System - Neptune Systems

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Quick Overview

The Apex Controller Gold System is an advanced Level Controller from Neptune Systems with everything you need to monitor your pH, ORP and salinity.



  • Includes Classic Apex Base Unit Controller, Apex Display Module, Long-life Temperature Probe, Energy Bar 8, Lab Grade pH, ORP and Conductivity Probes as well as the PM2 Salinity Module

  • Fusion Ready

  • Basic functions: Light Control, Temperature Control and pH Monitoring, pH Port, pH/ORP Port, I/O Switch Input, 4 V Ports

  • Cool Features: Internet Connectivity, phone and text alerts, over temperature protection, mobile phone and tablet access

  • Apex User Manual

  • Apex Comprehensive Manual

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With the Apex Gold system what else do i need to purchase to connect my G3 Radion Pro's and my Tunze 6105 pumps?
Question by: John on Aug 29, 2014 2:18:00 AM
Hi John,

To control your Radions you will need the WXM module.
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/vortech-wireless-module-wxm-neptune-systems.html

The VDM module combined with the Apex to Tunze Stream cables will allow you to control your Tunze 6105 pumps. Each cable will allow you to control 2 Tunze pumps.
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/led-pumps-control-module-vdm-neptune-systems.html
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/2-channel-aquasurf-apex-to-stream-cable.html

I hope this helps!
Have a great day :)
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Aug 29, 2014 2:18:00 AM
Is the system wifi or do you have to wire it? I read in the reviews it needs to be wired.
Question by: Kelvin on Feb 8, 2016 12:20:00 PM
Great question!
This does not have wifi and will need a direct ethernet connection. Some users have purchased a wireless gaming adapter which can plug into the apex however this is a DIY project not supported by the manufacturer. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 10, 2016 2:52:00 PM
Can I control my TrueLumen Pro LED strips with this?
Question by: Kerry Williams on Feb 8, 2016 4:23:00 PM
Great question,
You can control the power outlet through the energy bar to turn lights on and off, however unless the lights are noted as being Apex+ or Apex ready there is no adjustment of the color or intensity available. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 10, 2016 1:42:00 PM
Can the apex control controllable Tunze powerheads without the Tunze control module?
Question by: Steve on May 9, 2016 2:32:00 PM
Great question! Any DC tunze pump will be able to plug into the Variable Voltage port of the Apex standard or Gold ( VDM module if Jr. Apex) and offer control. You will need only the tunze unit link cable. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/2-channel-aquasurf-apex-to-stream-cable.html
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 11, 2016 5:59:00 PM
I asked a question about the Tunze controllable powerheads I have a 6095 Tunze powerhead can they be controlled with the apex system?
Question by: Steve on May 9, 2016 2:36:00 PM
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Does the apex gold system çome with a probe holder? It is pictured on the getting started with apex gold on their website but is not listed here as being included, just want to make sure I get everything I need to get started.
Question by: TODD EOSSO on Apr 15, 2016 7:10:00 AM
Great question!
The Gold will not include the Probe holder. These can be purchased separately.
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/magnetic-probe-rack-neptune-systems.html
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 19, 2016 3:48:00 PM
I have the gyre pump will this control it or do I need the ice cap controller? Also with the kessil lights do I need any extra to connect them to the apex, modules, cords...
Question by: John on Jan 18, 2016 4:10:00 PM
Great question!
The Gyre will require the Ice cap Module and possibly an additional cable if you would prefer to run it in reverse. The Kessil will only require the Apex to Kessil Unit link cable. This can plug into the variable voltage port on the apex. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/mounting-leg-set-giesemann.html
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jan 26, 2016 7:22:00 PM
Do you ship to Mexico
Question by: Fred on Feb 26, 2016 10:02:00 AM
Hi there!
Thank you for your interest in Bulk Reef Supply. At the moment we are currently only able to ship to the US and Canada. For further information on our shipping policies please check out our shipping information located at http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/customer-center/customer-service/shipping-delivery
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 26, 2016 10:04:00 AM
I bought the Waveline 10000II DC return pump from you guys a while back. What cable do I need for a direct connect to my apex with WXM? There is nothing in the documentation that tells you how to do anything with apex - even though it's "apex-ready".
Question by: Kirk on Mar 24, 2016 4:10:00 PM
Hey there!
You can use a standard Ethernet cable to connect the waveline to the Apex (standard or gold) directly to the variable voltage port. If these ports are taken up or you have a jr. you can use the VDM module to add the connection. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!

http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/waveline-pump-to-apex-control-cable-waveline.html
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 24, 2016 4:20:00 PM
When I buy this controller who could help me step by step to install it to my system?
Question by: Ignacio Cantu on May 16, 2016 8:49:00 AM
Great question!
If you would want to pay to fly us out we certainly can help ; ) That said there are great resources through Neptune sSstem directly, as well as online through the Neptune system Forum. Finally you of course can consider reaching out to local reef club forum members to help!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 19, 2016 5:42:00 PM
are the calibration fluids included with this and are all the probes minus temp lab grade with this?
Question by: Ethan Clipp on Apr 19, 2016 3:11:00 AM
Great question!
The kit will not come with calibration solution as the probes are stored and shipped in solution. These will all be lab grade for the appropriate probes. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 26, 2016 12:31:00 PM
For equipment that has a VDM controller output (like Kessil lighting, powerheads, etc.) is the power source also required to be using the Apex power bar as well, or can the VDM cable be run to the module with the power source on a surge protector?
Question by: Ryan on May 18, 2016 3:48:00 PM
Great question!
Once the control cable is connected to the device and apex the device (kessil) can be plugged into any standard outlet not just the energybar. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 18, 2016 4:07:00 PM
What does this have on top of the lab grade probe version? Just trying to determine the value of this package.

Also, is the Fusion upgrade available yet, or is it just in beta still?
Question by: Michael on May 14, 2014 4:05:00 AM
Hey Michael,
The gold package adds in the PM2 module, the Salinity Probe, as well as the ORP probe. If your going to add all of these things to your system it will save you some money to get it as a kit.
Apex fusion is still technically in Beta but it is now in Open Beta so you should be able to apply to participate if you wish.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on May 14, 2014 4:05:00 AM

Full Details

Lab Grade pH and ORP Probes

  • Fusion Ready
  • Longer lasting than Standard Probes
  • More accurate results
  • Stay calibrated longer
  • Replace less frequently

Lab Grade Conductivity Probe and PM2 Salinity Module

  • Accurately measure salinity in your tank and get alerts when it is out of range



Quick Compare - Neptune Apex Controllers

ControllerPriceBase UnitDisplay ModuleProbe(s)Energy Bar
Classic Apex Jr
$239.99

Apex Jr.

 

  • 4 Independently controlled outlets
  • Temperature Probe Port
  • 2 AquaBus Ports
  • Ethernet Port
  • Maximum Number of Modules: 5
  • Mechanical Buttons for longer life in a saltwater environment
  • Large, back-lit, easy to read display
  • Programmable alarm to identify each function
  • Upgradeable to add control panels for additional modules

Long-life Temperature Probe:

  • Custom built by Neptune - specifically designed for long-term saltwater use

 

4-outlets built-in

Classic Apex Gold

$799.99

Apex Gold

 

  • 12V Power Port
  • 2 AquaBus Ports
  • Control Port
  • Ethernet Port
  • Temperature Probe Port
  • I/O Switch Input
  • pH Probe Port
  • pH/ORP Probe Port
  • 4 Variable 0-10V channels for LED Dimming or Tunze Pumps
  • Maximum Number of Modules: 240

 

 

 

  • Mechanical Buttons for longer life in a saltwater environment
  • Large, back-lit, easy to read display
  • Programmable alarm to identify each function
  • Upgradeable to add control panels for additional modules

Long-life Temperature Probe:

  • Custom built by Neptune - specifically designed for long-term saltwater use

 

Lab Grade pH Probe:

  • Longer lasting than Standard Probes
  • More accurate results
  • Stay calibrated longer
  • Replace less frequently

Lab Grade ORP Probe

Conductivity Probe

PM2 Salinity Module

Energy Bar 8

8 Independently Controlled Outlets 6 rated at 5A@120V AC 2 rated at 10A@120V AC

Classic Apex with Standard Probe

$524.99

Apex

 

  • 12V Power Port
  • 2 AquaBus Ports
  • Control Port
  • Ethernet Port
  • Temperature Probe Port
  • I/O Switch Input
  • pH Probe Port
  • pH/ORP Probe Port
  • 4 Variable 0-10V channels for LED Dimming or Tunze Pumps
  • Maximum Number of Modules: 240

 

 

  • Mechanical Buttons for longer life in a saltwater environment
  • Large, back-lit, easy to read display
  • Programmable alarm to identify each function
  • Upgradeable to add control panels for additional modules

Long-life Temperature Probe:

  • Custom built by Neptune - specifically designed for long-term saltwater use

 

Standard Grade pH Probe

  • Built by manufacturer that provide long life and consistent and accurate performance

 

Energy Bar 8

8 Independently Controlled Outlets 6 rated at 5A@120V AC 2 rated at 10A@120V AC

Classic Apex with Lab Probe

$549.99

Apex

 

  • 12V Power Port
  • 2 AquaBus Ports
  • Control Port
  • Ethernet Port
  • Temperature Probe Port
  • I/O Switch Input
  • pH Probe Port
  • pH/ORP Probe Port
  • 4 Variable 0-10V channels for LED Dimming or Tunze Pumps
  • Maximum Number of Modules: 240
  • Mechanical Buttons for longer life in a saltwater environment
  • Large, back-lit, easy to read display
  • Programmable alarm to identify each function
  • Upgradeable to add control panels for additional modules

Long-life Temperature Probe:

  • Custom built by Neptune - specifically designed for long-term saltwater use

 

Lab Grade pH Probe:

  • Longer lasting than Standard Probes
  • More accurate results
  • Stay calibrated longer
  • Replace less frequently

Energy Bar 8

8 Independently Controlled Outlets 6 rated at 5A@120V AC 2 rated at 10A@120V AC

 

Note: Smart Phone and Tablet not included.

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  • Neptune apex gold By Kevin on 6/7/2016

    I love you can pretty much do anything with it best thing I have added to my tank
  • Do your research first. By Robert on 6/3/2016

    I realize that this review may go unnoticed, given that the new unit just came out. I honestly couldn't rate this product lower. First, let me say, Neptune's support is good, their response times more than adequate, and fusion is quite the piece of work. That's where it ends. Onto what I don't like:
    1. the programming language isn't adequately documented. I had to go to the forums and to support for clarification on several items.
    2. Lack of metrics. While knowing the PH _right now_ is great, it must be aggegated into a graph, and it is. What is missing is any real data covering the outlets, which you use in several scenarios. No way to tell how long one is 'on' or 'off' without some extra effort.
    3. the display buttons are far too sensitive, when you push the front, you must touch it lightly, and while this may not seem like a big deal to some, it's a huge deal for me, and frankly shows a lack of overall design savvy, there is little reason to have a button input rate that high.
    4. The display serves no real purpose, again, beyond showing the _right now_ values, this is only so useful, and seems like a real waste of effort.

    When I bought this unit, I wanted less hassle for the price. What I got is as much hassle if I'd have done my own thing, or purchased a reef angel, or some other product, and I'd have had the ability to customize the unit to more suit my, albeit unique, needs. I would urge anyone considering purchase to carefully consider all controllers before purchasing to be sure this is going to meet your needs adequately.
  • Very good controller By james on 5/9/2016

    If you made a purchase of an item this expensive and technical without doing some research first, shame on you. You can't blame Neptune if you are not able to do your part and get the thing working properly. Is the interface as slick as an iphone 6, no, but it works and it works well. Not WiFI enabled, nope, does not advertise to be either. My display is dead my tank is history, nope don't need the display at all to program and use the Apex, the display is just that a little display. "This thing is truly a waste of time and only for people with no lives and/or who love to waste away hours while tinkering with things on Fusion or there stupid forum", I work 10-12 hour days and many weekends, yes I had to have the patience to spend a day setting up everything the way I liked it, but I read alot prior to buying and knew the basics already so was prepared for how I wanted to set up my equipment. If anything the Apex gives me peace of mind during all my time away from home that my tank is running well. If anyone thinks you can buy a single piece of equipment that can automate and monitor dozens of functions that is going to be plug and play push two buttons easy, then the Apex is not for you, there isn't controller made today that is for you. If you do a little research ahead of time, have a little tech savvy or the patience to seek out information, the Apex might be right for you. It is a sophisticated piece of equipment that has upsides and downsides but you are the one responsible for knowing what you are getting into before you buy. For me and many other reef keepers out there the Apex is an invaluable tool to help us automate, control, and monitor the many functions of keeping our tanks going every day.
  • The worst By Drew on 5/7/2016

    This product seriously sucks. After spending about $1100 on an Apex gold and other add-on modules and stuff, there is an ungodly amount of material to have to read through in order to get it setup and it is not at all easy. Even after doing so I am running into problems with the performance and functionality of the unit. There customer service is an absolute joke, you are expected to solve issues by reading through a user forum or emailing neptune systems. The controller sat around my house for the last 3 months not in use because of the issues and that I don't have time to spend hours reading up and researching on how to get it to just work properly. You literally have to take a day off work just to be at your aquarium and have someone on the phone with you to help you as you're there. I actually had the other day off and called them at 9 in the morning to get help but was sent to a voicemail machine where I left a message. No one returned my call until later that day at round 4:30 when I was busy with something else. This thing is truly a waste of time and only for people with no lives and/or who love to waste away hours while tinkering with things on Fusion or there stupid forum. I've spent a lot of money on this and have only gotten a gigantic headache. I have mine on Craigslist right now and cannot wait to rid myself of this burden and put even a portion of the money spent on this piece of crap back into my pocket.
  • Unbelievably Indispensable Reef Aquarium Component By RJS6711 on 5/4/2016

    I travel frequently for a living, and cannot be home to test pH and salinity as regularly as I'd like to. Since I have a lot of blood, sweat and tears invested in my reef tank, along with thousands of dollars, I would lose sleep without this amazing piece of equipment. I debated long and hard over the purchase initially, because of the price. It isn't cheap! But, being able to pull my iPhone out of my pocket and see the primary parameters, or turn a component on or off, when I want, from anywhere, as long as I have an internet connection, provides incredible peace of mind. Having said that, use of this controller system requires some investment in time, and in trying different approaches to some seemingly easy tasks, that can quickly go awry, if not appropriately planned for.

    As an example, I have been wrestling a bit with the water level in the sump of my Red Sea Reefer 350. On one occasion, for some reason (perhaps a salt-creep-clog, or I may have inadvertently bumped the adjustment valve on the ATO?) my ATO unit failed to add RO/DI water to make up for evaporation. As a result, my Apex probes were exposed to the air, instead of the sump water, causing false readings, subsequently causing my heater to unnecessarily come on. When I realized that the salinity and pH probe readings looked suspicious, I correctly suspected the issue, rushed home and upon pushing the probes down into the water, the actual water temperature was high (though not quite in the danger zone), causing the chiller to kick in and rectify the problem. So, it is very important to setup the probes and apex controller parameters appropriately. And, it is important to regularly monitor and get familiar with typical parameter readings.

    Thus far, I have only scratched the surface of the capabilities of this amazing product. I would say that the setup instructions could be more detailed and helpful. In fact, there are not instructions in the box. Neptune Systems includes a card with a web link instead. I would have preferred detailed, printed instructions, so my family members would have a ready guide during my absence. But Ryan's videos on the BRS site / YouTube are excellent sources of inspiration in setting yours up.

    One other slight challenge to point out, and several other reviewers have covered this already, but I need to repeat as a major caveat is that this unit has no built in wifi adapter. It is designed to require an ethernet connection, which in many homes (mine included) is not a reality. I purchased a wireless gaming adapter from Fry's electronics for $39.99. The model is Netgear WNCE3001. It is a wifi adapter that connects to a ethernet-only device, like the Apex controller, allowing you to connect the unit to the internet without having an ethernet connection nearby. The only PITA is the fact the before you can use the wireless adapter, you have to connect to ethernet to do the initial setup of the apex device. In my case, I had to take all of the Apex equipment (except the probes) upstairs in my office to "hard wire" it for initial setup, then disconnect it all, and set it up again downstairs in my aquarium cabinet in the family room. All in all, it was a small price to pay for the security this device provides. I would do it again in a heartbeat. It is a very impressive thing to show my non-fish-nerd friends, but really just may serve to drive home the point of what a fish nerd I really am.
  • Love it By Kirk on 4/1/2016

    Works great. Hooked it up calibrated and away it went I love being able to check on stats at work. My only issue I have is I don't really know how accurate my temp is. I have a couple different small digital thermometers that ready different temps. So I don't really have a good way to set the apex.
  • Great tool, will need to dedicate some time to set up By craig on 3/23/2016

    Great functionality and piece of mind, could see it paying for itself if it avoids one system crash or identifies a leak (need leak module). Set up was easy but takes some time. I see a number of folks have had frustrations around the networking aspect. I use a powerline (http://www.cnet.com/topics/networking/best-networking-devices/power-line-adapters/) which transmits your internet signal through your electrical lines... it's worked well, something to consider if you can't directly wire it to your router.
  • Worth it, But Not Easy By KEDCSREEF on 2/20/2016

    I'm still having issues with the conductivity probe, and I haven't called them about that yet. The system itself is beautiful and works well, but setup is not for the faint of heart. BRS walkthroughs of the Apex are a HUGE PLUS. Watch them all before attempting to set up anything. They do an excellent job of walking you through the process and avoiding pitfalls. Nice Job Guys. If you do that, and you're careful, I think you will be very pleased overall. I can now watch all of this from my iPhone, and get notifications of any issues before it becomes dangerous to the tank inhabitants. Peace of mind! Just do it.
  • Needed help, now great! By KC on 1/9/2016

    I actually purchased this model some time ago, but wasn't using it as much more than a specialized power bar... I wasn't using it to its potential due to the lack of wireless like someone else mentioned. I emailed Neptune Systems and was promptly helped by Luis and Paul via phone. As I run a MAC wireless system it was as easy as using a Mac Express on my Extreme system and rebooting the controller. Their customer service is fantastic... Yes it isn't wireless, but the fix is easy. I'm extending my system with WAV and WXM. Soon everything will be accessible from my laptop--YEAH!!!
  • you better have a lot of time to set this up By flash on 12/20/2015

    the directions are terrible (there are none you have to youtube everything )i have had it for 3 weeks now and I'm still not sure of everything yet. it may be a good product after all the aggravation it put me through. And bye the way you have to email for costumer service first. Talking on the phone is there last resort. So no directions and poor customer service
  • New User of the Neptune System By Zack on 12/17/2015

    After receiving this product in the mail I found out it did not come with a manual but did come with a reason as to why the manual was not included, simply saving reefs one manual at a time. You will find all the helpful informational manuals online and through Neptune feeds. Overall this product will make any task easier and provide a more efficient way to keep your reef or fresh water tank in great shape for the longevity of all fish and invertebrates
  • Nightmare By TAL on 12/10/2015

    The system was packaged nice and the equipment appears to be durable. However, after spending 3 hours getting everything set up and drilled into my stand, my display screen randomly stops working. Spend the next 6 hours calling customer support. No one ever answers. They have about 3 different voice prompts instructing you to reach out via email instead. In between calls I do this. Receive an auto generated response but no one ever reaches out to me. On the 7th hour (of me calling them) someone finally answers. He takes over my computer screen and tries to fix it on his end for about 4 minutes. He can't fix it. His solution: "take an hour of your time and go to your local post office, pay to ship the item to California, where our technicians will look at it and assess. If it is still under warranty we will fix at no charge to you and reship." My response: "You mean on the unit thats been out of the box for less than a day? I'm supposed to go to the post office and mail it back to you? You can't just send me another $20 head unit considering I spend nearly $2,000 on equipment from you? This isn't worth my time" Response: "Yes sir, that's what I'm saying."

    What I'm saying to you: Don't be fooled into buying this thing. The head unit is literally a piece of junk. You can tell when you pick it up - weighs less than my TV remote. Defunk literally out of the box. The Apex Fusion software is clunky and not intuitive at all. Have not tried the mobile software but the web version is about 5 years away from being competent (similar to ecotech's if you know what I mean).

    I bought this thing to give me peace of mind as I left the country for the holidays. Now I'll just be leaving the life in my 180g up to chance. They couldn't just send me a new display and have me send them this one when I got back. Thanks Apex.

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