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Apex Controller Gold System - Neptune Systems

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Quick Overview

Why does BRS recommend this?


Neptune has put together a package that included the salinity, pH and ORP probes and necessary modules.  The Apex controller is by far one of the most advance dedicated aquarium controllers on the market today.  The wide variety of controllability with the Apex controllers and their easy to use cloud interface makes it a perfect option for a fully automated reef tank.


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 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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Product Questions

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
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
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
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

Controller

Price

Base Unit

Display ModuleProbe(s)Energy Bar
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

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

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

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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  • 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.
  • Nice but not perfect By T on 12/10/2015

    The system is well packaged and well made.

    A MAJOR ISSUE: These are not wifi enabled. They need to be plugged into a router via ethernet cord in order to use on phones/computers. For $800 in 2015, that is a total joke. Who puts an aquarium next to a computer/home network. Shame on Apex for this.

    Other than that the thing is great. Just make sure you have a 50 ft ethernet cable or an extra $200+ to buy the gaming wifi adapter they recommend.
  • would recommend this product By GEBsr on 12/2/2015

    Since my purchase of this APEXFUSION GOLD. I was able to install it in about 4 hours. I have had to call support on my system as my graphs will not display on my dash board and I am currently still working on this issue. Once this gets working It should be a dream to set up the other advantages you can do with this system. I was surprised that they don't send the probe holder with this purchase.....it would have really been nice to put these into this holder upon installation.
  • You'll need to buy a laptop as well. By Dirk on 10/14/2015

    Ive owned this system about a year now. The tech support has was always helpful during setup or with general questions. The reason I'm giving this such a low rating is because the software, after all this time in development, still feels like a shaky house of cards. The firmware needs pretty frequent updating, and guess what? You have to have a direct wired connection to wherever you chose to install all these modules. So if your aquarium is far from you computer like me, you'll be buying a laptop! Or, you could attempt to update the firmware every time it needs it and risk "CATASTROPHIC" consequences they warn you about on your website.

    I travel for work frequently, which was my main reason for reaching for a certain level of automation. But with the frequent updates to try and keep this shaky software working, I'm often left away from my aquarium not able to use any of these features because I'm not home to jump through the hoops and get the firmware installed by crawling under my aquarium with a laptop.

    I only wish someone had told me this before I purchased this.
  • It's all about control! By Justin on 9/17/2015

    Great product...allows you to have a piece of mind on how things are doing in your tank even while you're away.
  • Reef keeping should have always been like this By Adam on 9/5/2015

    I got out of reef keeping a number of years ago and swore I would not come back until the technology was better for people like me with very busy schedules. Having the Apex means I can check on the system any time, I can get warned when something is out of whack, and I can shut things down if a bad condition is occurring. All things I had to just figure out before with trial and error. The system is VERY easy to set up if you follow the startup guide and then you move on with custom programming if you want to configure things that help you. I set up a maintenance mode that shuts down the return pump, the skimmer and the ATO unit. Then at the end of the maintenance window it brings each thing back online in a specific order return pump, then pause for a minute and fire skimmer back up then four minutes in the ATO kicks back in after the level in the sump has stabilized again. The programming needed for that maintenance procedure took me all of 2 minutes to create. I HIGHLY recommend running the Apex controller on ANY size tank.

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