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Apex Controller System - Neptune Systems

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Less Hassle, More Success

More than the color has changed. Neptune has listened to what you want, adding more standard features to the already reliable, and dependable Apex Controller.

Built in WiFi, Salinity, Temperature, pH, monitoring. Set reminders, log testing and dosing information and much more

Included WiFi lets you now connect to the internet even easier. With the Fusion Cloud interface everything is easier from calibrating probes, to customizing outlets. Fusion gives you the ability to monitor and control you Apex from anywhere in the world.

The Energy Bars have been completely redesigned, with more robust outlets, individual LEDs show the status of each outlet, per outlet power consumption, and 1Link Accessories like the DOS and WAV pump can now connect directly to the Energy Bar 832 saving room, and eliminating messy cords keeping your tanks equipment looking perfect.

Monitor and Control

  • Temperature

  • Salinity

  • pH

  • Outlets

  • 24VDC accessories

  • WAV pumps

  • Individual outlet power consumption


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Product Questions

Does it come with any type of probe holders?
Question by: Justin Banyai on Jun 1, 2016 8:59:00 PM
Great question
This will not include the probe holders which are available separately.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 2, 2016 11:21:00 AM
Does it come with a probe holder?
Question by: Eric on Jun 2, 2016 11:10:00 AM
Great question!
This will not include a probe holder. However the are available separately.

Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 2, 2016 11:14:00 AM
Will this come with a new digital display module?
Question by: Ryan Janeway on Jul 14, 2016 3:10:00 PM
Hi Ryan,
The Apex Controller does not include any display module. You can upgrade your system to one if you wish to do so, however with the super low prices of some tablets on the market you may want to look into picking one of them up and dedicating it to your aquarium controller. That way you can do programming, monitor, and control everything a bit easier.
Answer by: Charlie (Admin) on Jul 15, 2016 7:16:00 AM
When do you anticipate the Energy Bar 832's being available for purchase separately like the regular EB8 is currently?
Question by: Pete on Jun 3, 2016 10:50:00 AM
Great question!
They will release within the next month the additional EB832 energy bars for individual sale. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 8, 2016 4:44:00 PM
Does it have a new head unit?
Question by: merritt on May 24, 2016 7:07:00 AM
This will have a newly designed head unit which can be mounted and rotates for easy access.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 25, 2016 5:31:00 PM
Can I use my Energy Bar 8 if upgrade?
Question by: Neptune user on May 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM
Great question! The new Apex will be compatible with the old energy bar 8.
Answer by: Carter (Admin) on May 26, 2016 11:28:00 AM
Hey BRS just wondering what the item is in the last 3 pictures?
Question by: Leo on May 24, 2016 8:07:00 AM
Hey Leo!
That item you are seeing is the newly designed Apex Head Unit.

Answer by: Randy (Admin) on May 25, 2016 4:16:00 PM
Does the New Apex System come with a control head with external display?
Question by: Jeffrey Sauter on May 24, 2016 8:12:00 AM
Great question! The new Apex will not include the aqua controller head unit like the old systems had, but it is wi-fi compatible with MacOS, and Windows devices. Neptune will have an aqua controller available for purchase separately for the new system as well.
Answer by: Carter (Admin) on May 26, 2016 11:30:00 AM
Do you have a price yet on the new EB832
Question by: Daniel on Jul 3, 2016 3:21:00 PM
Yup! It's priced at $249.95. You can find more info here: http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/energybar-832-neptune-systems.html
Answer by: Valerie (Admin) on Jul 5, 2016 4:36:00 PM
Can I use this controller for two tank on separate room?
Question by: Thuan on Jun 6, 2016 10:41:00 AM
Great question!
While it can be done you would need to find cables separately to reach the distance.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 9, 2016 5:05:00 PM
Does this come with ORP, salinity, ph, temp probe?
Question by: Eric Neuberger on May 24, 2016 6:17:00 PM
Correct, this will come with all 4 probes.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 25, 2016 4:34:00 PM
Is the Energy Bar 832 a surge suppressor or do I need to plug it into one to protect the Apex controller and the equipment plugged into it?
Question by: Harold Chittum on Jul 5, 2016 8:57:00 AM
The Apex has some protection built in, but to be safe it never hurts to plug it into a good quality surge protector or UPS.
Answer by: Valerie W (Admin) on Jul 5, 2016 11:43:00 AM
What material is the housing made of?
Question by: Fernando on May 28, 2016 1:05:00 AM
Great question! The housing for the Apex Head Unit, EB832, and the Modules are plastic.
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jun 2, 2016 5:23:00 PM
Can this unit monitor ammonia?
Question by: William Beckstein on Jun 9, 2016 1:58:00 AM
Hey there,
The Apex controller does not offer reading for ammonia. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 9, 2016 5:36:00 PM
The new EB832 is huge! What are it's dimensions?
Question by: Dzer on Jun 9, 2016 7:42:00 PM
The New EB832 will be 9.6" long 6.25" wide and 2" thick.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 14, 2016 10:34:00 AM
Since the new model has WiFi capability, does we still need the WXM to control EcoTech VorTechs and Radions?
Question by: Lonny Kruger on Jun 10, 2016 1:45:00 PM
Hey there,
You will still need the WXM module in order to connect to Ecotech Devices. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 14, 2016 3:13:00 PM
Does the unit come with solutions to calibrate the probes?
Question by: Israel on Jun 24, 2016 11:37:00 AM
Great question!
These will come with the initial calibration packets for the pH probe. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 24, 2016 12:17:00 PM
What material is used to make the silver on the unit is it aluminum ? Just my guess.
Question by: Tony on May 31, 2016 10:55:00 AM
Hey Tony!

Great question! The housing for the Apex Head Unit and the EB832 are made of plastic.
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on May 31, 2016 11:11:00 AM
Does this new Apex controller allow for and or is capable of connecting a monitor display like the original models I like to walk by and view my parameter and not have to always go to my phone or computer to know something
Question by: Derek Cashaw on Jul 11, 2016 1:49:00 AM
Hi Derek,
The Apex Controller can have a display module added to it at any point. We do carry them and they simply just plug into any open Aquabus port.
Answer by: Charlie (Admin) on Jul 11, 2016 11:05:00 AM

Full Details

Why does BRS recommend this?

Neptune has put together a package that included the salinity, temp, pH and ORP probes, along with WiFi connectivity all in a single package. 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 Controller System and its easy to use cloud interface makes it a perfect option for a fully automated reef tank. The Apex Controller has two different methods of control, through Fusion, the cloud based software, and through the dashboard. The dashboard lets you always have access to your Apex in any type of event, power outage, or if the internet is down though a local area network (LAN) unlike many other cloud based controllers. The Energy Bar 832 can also tell you how much power each individual outlet is consuming letting you set alarms, send emails, or even have IOS notifications let you know before things go wrong.


What’s Included?

1x  Apex Control Head Unit
1x Energy Bar 832
1x 6 ft Aquabus Cable
1x Lab Grade Salinity Probe
1x Lab Grade Double Junction pH Probe
1x Lab Grade Double Junction ORP Probe
1x Temperature Probe
Salinity and pH calibration solutions


Apex Control System

The new Apex's Head Unit now includes the ability to have salinity monitoring, pH, ORP, and Temperature monitoring right out of the box. The completely new design also incorporates a sleek, rotating mounting system letting you securely mount the brains of the Apex system while having easy access to probe cords, and aquabus connections.


Built in reliable WiFi

Now with built in WiFi, connecting your Apex system has never been easier. With the totally free Fusion cloud based software, getting connected, and controlling can be done within minutes. You can now do firmware updates through WiFi on your local network


Energy Bar 832

The most comprehensive aquarium controlling and monitoring system to date is finally here. The Energy Bar 832 now has eight individual, 7 amp relayed outlets letting you use any outlet for any device. Each individual outlet can also monitor and detect power usage in amps or watts, letting you set alarms and send emails when pumps have clogged or failed, lights are not turning on, heaters leaking current, letting you be notified of the issue before it becomes a problem. With electricity costing more and more money per Kilowatt hour having the ability to monitor each pump, heater, and light lets you now make better decisions on the overall value of your equipment.

Each Energy Bar 832 also has two 24VDC accessory ports that can power small pumps, solenoids, fans and more, while the built in 100W DC power supply lets you control up to 3 1Link accessories like the WAV circulation pumps, and DOS fluid metering system without the need of any additional power supplies or consuming additional outlets. The EB832 also has 3 AquaHub connections letting you expand to any existing or upcoming module making your Apex System truly limitless.

Neptune didn't stop there, with an all new mounting system on the Energy Bar orients the power strip in the correct direction keeping cords neat and tidy. While the outlets have a bit wider spacing, and orientated opposite of each other keeping room for those bulky transformers, allowing you to plug in almost anything you want, where you want.


New Lab Grade, Double Junction Probes with Built in Salinity Monitoring

Double junction pH, and ORP probes lets your readings stay more stable without the need to calibrate as often. With the Apex System calibrating your probes through your dashboard is easier than ever before. The dashboard will automatically recognize when your readings have stabilized and letting you know when to move to the next step, no more guess work and reading RAW data.


Apex Fusion

Fusion is a cloud based site that lets you access your apex from anywhere in the world. Letting you customize outlets, set reminders, log testing parameters, while monitoring and controlling any aspect of your aquarium through your phone, tablet, or desktop.


Apex Fusion has released an IOS app that now integrates directly to your Apex Controller System. Having the app now lets your Apple desktop, Ipad, or phone receive notifications directly from your Apex Controller. No more need for emails or text messages.

(Android app coming soon)


Backwards Compatible

If you have any old modules, head units, energy bars, or other Apex accessory it will work flawlessly with the new Apex Controller.



Head Unit - 4.75" L x 5.25" H x 3.25" W

Energy Bar 832 - 10" L x 6.5" H x 2.25" W



Note: Smart Phone and Tablet not included.



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  • Great Controller, Great Value! By Scott L on 11/5/2016

    I've been a long time Neptune user dating back to the first generation Aqua Controller in the mid 90's. I've been an Apex user since the first Apex came out several years ago and have the first gen Apex on my main display. I've now installed a couple of the new Apex 2016's and have one running on a second tank of mine and absolutely love it. Setup is a breeze, the new EB8-32 is a giant leap forward with it's additional power ports and switchable 24v ports. The individual power monitoring on the EB8-32 is also a terrific addition since you can now monitor power consumption to individual outlets and even use that in programming for an early warning/fail safe feature. The wireless interface is nice if you can't do a wired network connection nearby. While I always prefer a wired network connection whenever possible, the built in wireless is great. I have my 2nd Apex setup wireless so it's definitely convenient to not have to worry about a wireless bridge. I love that you can update this Apex via Fusion and not have to run a program to update via a PC. Having the Salinity probe included with no additional modules needed is also a great feature. I also love the new mounting system that makes mounting the Apex a breeze. Lastly there is Fusion... By far the best remote interface for aquarium controllers. There is nothing that even comes close. Hats off to the team at Neptune Systems on a great update to an already great controller!
  • Nice upgrades to the Classic By Mark on 11/3/2016

    The new system makes setup much easier. The power monitoring of each receptacle is a great feature. The more data the better. This setup allows for less wires and cleaner install. I've worked with the classic version for years now and have been an Apex fan for a long time. The new system is a big improvement on an already great product.
  • Worth Every Penny By Cardnick on 11/1/2016

    I have used Neptune Systems products for a while and each and every one of them makes my life easier and allows me to more fully enjoy my aquarium. The new apex is no different. The updated features work flawlessly and I love not having to constantly fight with an external Wifi connection. The added benefits included in the EB832 are so underrated. It is great to be able to log into fusion and see how the power fluctuates. I can tell when a pump is dirty and needs to be serviced. This added level of monitoring gives me the peace of mind that I can be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to maintaining my tank. If you don't have one, get one. Your fish will thank you!
  • Great Product (UPDATE) By Brad on 10/18/2016

    Neptune customer service and products are top quality hands down! I am totally pleased with the amount of control you have with this controller. My first review dinged the apex system a star for the EB832 Even though this was no major cause for alarm, Jon came through as I knew he would. I have dealt with Neptune Systems customer service a handful of times. Each time the small issues were taken care of and the customer service team took them more seriously than I did. You cant go wrong popping on this controller, there is nothing else that compares period.
  • Great product By Brad on 10/17/2016

    I dinged the system a star for the energy bar flashing as if there was an overload. My 250 watt heater and 1/10hp chiller both freak the eb832 out this way but Jon was quick to respond about this known issue. He assured me that a future firmware update will fix it. I am patiently waiting for that but all in all this system is awesome and I don't know how I reefed for so long without a controller. You will not regret buying this one, it's easy to set up, customer service is top notch once you email them. Viewing what your tank is doing from anywhere with internet or cellular is priceless..
  • Apex Controller is AWESOME. By Jerry on 10/8/2016

    The new Apex controller and all it's possibilities are awesome. You should purchase Neptune's new "MPR" magnetic probe rack too, you will be glad you did.
    I had a question and emailed Neptune's tech support, I received my answer within 45 minutes.
    I had NO PROBLEM connecting with Fusion and I could not imagine myself having a successful reef tank without the Apex Controller.
  • Great when it works By Rupert on 9/20/2016

    Purchased in July 2016.

    It's crashed on me three times already requiring OS re installs or complete reprogramming. It's currently dead again waiting for a response from customer support at Neptune Systems... The aquarium hobby does teach patience.

    Technical support is self help via forum or trouble ticket and wait.... then wait some more to eventually speak with someone who is very knowledgeable and will get it running again.

    Thinking about buying a second unit for redundancy.... but the fail over options are not easy.
  • Great now, but released too early By Brian on 8/24/2016

    I used to use the apex gold. It was trusted ran well and did mostly everything that I wanted compared to every other controller out on the market at it's time. I think the release was rushed and it made the release rocky and may hurt Neptune in the end. I was one of the early adopters of this "APEX 2016." Faulty SD cards were installed on some units and the programming and upgrade on APEX fusion hurt the nice "work out of the box feel of it."

    To be honest I contacted BRS for a return and a shoutout to customer service they were willing to honor it. A++ for BRS customer service. But, I decided to keep with the unit and have Neptune work with me to get this unit going.

    Neptunes customer service was solid as well. Jon from Neptune was attentive and helped me with the unit's issues. Don't feel alone if something doesn't work well with the apex, they will be there to help. It is annoying that you can't just call Neptune up, but they respond really well to help you even on weekends sometimes.

    Fast forward to today 2 apex brain units later (that they overnighted)... No issues with the new apex for 2 months. The 1-link addition is nice and the unit is easier to update and configure without accessing the ip-address in the browser. If you liked the classic apex I would have said in June 2016 to wait, but now it's August 2016 and my unit runs great, has a couple upgraded features and runs well for me.
  • Neptune replaced controller and all is well By Mike on 8/13/2016

    Neptune overnighted a controller to correct the problem in my first review, and it everything works now. I really like the control and the wireless access this system allows.
  • Way easier than I expected By Zoanthus on 8/13/2016

    I had been thinking about a controller for my tank for over a year. I just couldnt pull the trigger because I heard horror stories about how hard they were to set up and use. When this new Apex came out I thought I would give it a shot. It was stupid-simple to set up and get it going on my phone. I was like, no way, thats it? Now that I get emails and can check on my tank easily while at work I wonder what took me so long. If you have a reef tank, you need one these. So much peace of mind now.
  • Issues after issues By Ale on 8/10/2016

    I returned mine for a full refund and purchased the classic.
  • No longer what it was By Robert Wayne on 8/9/2016

    Too many to list , but main -
    Inaccurate reading from conductivity fluctuating up and down. Not being able to reconnect to fusion or when power cycles (rebooting -or power outage )
    And restarting on its own.
    Going back to apex gold.