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Apex Controller System - Neptune Systems

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SKU: 210219
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Quick Overview

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.

http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/magnetic-probe-rack-neptune-systems.html
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 2, 2016 11:14:00 AM
will the tunze pumps that say apex ready just plug in, or do you still need their power supply as well?
Question by: robert teseo on Mar 27, 2017 3:04:00 PM
Hey there,
You won't need a separate power supply to control the Tunze pumps through your Apex, but you will need the control cable found here http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/2-channel-aquasurf-apex-to-stream-cable.html which will plug into the Apex base module.

Have a great day!
Answer by: Zack (Admin) on Apr 4, 2017 11:19:00 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
Can you add 2 of the Energy Bars (EB832) to 1 system?
Question by: Matthew McDonald on Mar 7, 2017 1:02:00 PM
Hey there,
The Apex system is capable of running many different modules, including multiple power bars on the same system. These will all link together via the included AquaBus cables.

Have a great day!
Answer by: Zack (Admin) on Mar 11, 2017 7:08:00 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.
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/apex-display-module-neptune-systems.html
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 accessories they will work flawlessly with the new Apex Controller.

 

Dimension

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: Apex Display Module, Smart Phone, and Tablet not included.

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  • Not worth it By Blake on 4/30/2017

    Anyone will tell this thing ain't cheap. And I was sold by the other reviews and apex videos (brs and neptunes) however, the system is NOT easy to set up, I imagine if everything worked it may be. My probes are so off (except the temp) that they are essentially useless. I neither get accurate nor consistent readings. I get that it may be user error, but I'm pretty savvy and I've calibrated and rest a half dozen times.
  • Apex By MSG4869 on 3/24/2017

    This is my first controller I still have many thing I will do with it can't wait. I travel for work and I can call into my home and adjust and look. I will put a camera on it soon
  • Great Product, Enjoy the Control By Jon on 3/13/2017

    I really like the new Apex. There is a learning curve, but if you like technology you will like the Apex. Getting all your parameters and controls together in one place is awesome. I also like that you get the most common probes with the unit. My only advice is to take your time and read the Neptune forum and watch the BRS videos for probe calibration. This is my first experience with an aquarium controller and it has been a good one.
  • Love It By bchas41 on 3/12/2017

    Just set up a 140 gal tank and sump up in my office. It was very important to be able to have full control of all the different parts of the tank while i am away from the office and this performs flawlessly. I had a little difficulty setting it up within the corporate internet environment but there support helped my IT guys get thru it. I utilize two energy bars and 3 of there DOS'.
  • Not ready for prime time By Mackinc on 2/27/2017

    I've had nothing but problems with this. First the conductivity (salinity) probe shot up to 45 ppm for no reason and I had to buy more calibration fluid to fix it. Then, one day for no reason the outlet bar became possessed and turned all the outlets on and essentially drained my sump in a matter of minutes all the while dumping RODI water into it. If I hadn't been home it would have been a total loss. Wifi is completely unreliable. Gets disconnected many times a week and you have to power it off and on to reconnect so you can't go out of town. If you can't run Ethernet to it don't bother.
    Basically, I have an $800 auto top off that almost flooded my house.
  • mixed emotions! By derrick on 2/3/2017

    Ok, i have been running this system for 3 months. As far as a monitor etc, this unit is amazing! However, if you plan on this running the wav's, dos units, etc, and you cant afford to buy 2 of these full units, dont bother. Here is why i say this. I had an issue this week, and my energy bar shut down and faulted out of nowhere. Neptune support is unable to detect what is going on, and therefore i have to return it for a new one so mine can get inspected. Granted, they had me place a deposit for a new unit to be shipped so i am not without one until mine is inspected, but they stated they typically will not do this after the first 30 days! so, if you rely on this to power and control their other proprietary products like myself, and it breaks, you are SOL. We all know the necessity of redundancy in this hobby, but you MUST have 2 of these to avoid possible catastrophic failure if something goes wrong.
  • Awesome Upgrade By Adamc1303 on 1/26/2017

    I have been using Apex controllers for years on a few of my tanks. This new upgraded one is awesome! The setup is a breeze and the energy bar is just so much better with relayed outlets and on and off indicators. It also allows way less wire clutter since the 1 Link is built right into it for all of the apex accessories. Really happy I decided to upgrade!
  • Very happy customer! By Lisa D on 1/25/2017

    35+ years with freshwater tanks but a newbie to saltwater. Purchased Apex to help me. Wow, what a huge help and automating lights, skimmer, pumps, etc. Almost choked on the price but have to say I'm glad I purchased!
  • Great controller By leepink23 on 1/23/2017

    I upgraded from the apex jr during the black Friday sales. I have been very happy with the product. At first I had a few issues getting the eb832 to work, required a firmware update, but other than that it was easy to setup. I use it for controlling ato, feeder, Wav pumps as well as monitoring the ph, orp, salinity, temp. The contrallibility is limitless using apex fusion.
  • Great controller. By Toure on 1/20/2017

    Officially apart of the Neptune community, this controller is pretty easy to configure and setup planned events. I would like to see Neptune ensure that all probes come calibrated with the shipped controller. Other than that I look forward to expanding it to control my new quarantine tanks.
  • WIFI is the Key By Sean on 1/4/2017

    I was apprehensive to buy this since I already owned the Apex Classic. But, I hate not being able to update via WIFI. Every time I buy a new module I have to update via wired ethernet connection. That's just a pain without WIFI updates. My life revolves around WIFI so why does my APEX have to use these things we call cords for updates. This was the main reason for this purchase but I think what pushed me over the edge and added the value I needed was the ORP probe and the salinity probe. These are a little expensive to add to a system and the new APEX includes them. That and WIFI made this a great purchase. If you don't value WIFI updates, ORP, and the Salinity features just buy the classic APEX for basic control, temp and PH monitoring and you'll be happy and save money. But...it's worth it in the long run to get the new Apex.
  • Many Problems By Gene on 12/21/2016

    I bought an Apex, (2) DOS and (2) DDR. The PH probe didn't work out of the box. The low level sensor on one of the DDR vessels didn't work. The salinity probe never worked. It takes days to get help from Neptune customer care. I paid $1,699.85 for brand new junk.