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Quick Overview

Great Advanced Level Controller from Neptune Systems
  • Includes Apex Base Unit Controller, Apex Display Module, Long-life Temperature Probe, Energy Bar 8 and Lab Grade pH Probe

  • 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

  • Fusion Ready
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Previously Asked Questions

  • by Jerry on May 1, 2014, @8:20 PM

    Can I use Apex to implement an intelligent ATO, with some mechanical float switches and a pump?

    Do I need to buy the breaker box for Apex? I wonder how Apex gets the input signal from the floating switches and detects it. Where to plug the outputs of the float switches?

    Thanks.

    Bulk Reef Supply Hey Jerry,
    You can certainly configure the Apex to do that. You are correct, you need the I/O breakout box to connect the switches to. The breakout box plugs into either a standard apex or to a PM1 or PM2 module if you have an Apex jr or other system without an I/O port built in.

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  • by Wiley on November 3, 2013, @4:22 PM

    The laptop/pc I have access to doesn't have a disc drive. Can the software for the Apex controller by Neptune be downloaded straight from a web site?

    Bulk Reef Supply Hi Wiley,
    It can be, though no software is actually needed. The Apex is programmed via a web browser so short of a really basic utility tool that finds your apex on the network (which most folks don't need as it is) you just need to fire up whatever web browser you use on your laptop to program it.

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  • by Gregory on February 5, 2014, @2:13 PM

    I have a nano cube 28 intermediate. Was planning on upgrading to a bigger setup in the future so was looking at getting a controller. My question is would the apex be able to control the lights on my nano cube (dimming, gradually amping up and down the lights)?

    Bulk Reef Supply Hi Gregory,
    If your nano cube has an LED light that can interface with external controllers (like a Radion, AI, Kessil, etc) then it sure can. If its a fluorescent bulb like most though it simply can be on and off (the limitation being the hood not the controller).

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  • by Roman on February 19, 2014, @7:53 PM

    can you run two tanks off of one of these controllers?
    I have a 185 gallon and a 140 gallon that are in different rooms maybe 12-15 feet apart from each other.

    Thanks,
    Roman

    Bulk Reef Supply Hey Roman,
    You will likely want some extra probes and modules (so for example you can have two temp probes) but there is no reason at all you can't run more then one tank off of it. This thing can handle an hundreds of modules so you could probably run a whole fish store off of it if you felt so inclined :-)

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  • by Chuck Zdany on February 25, 2014, @10:02 PM

    Does it run wireless to the computer or do I need to run an Ethernet cable threw the whole house? Or donu sell a wireless module so I wouldn't need an Ethernet cable? Thx

    Bulk Reef Supply Hi Chuck,
    The controller requires Ethernet for computer/internet access. It is possible to get a wireless bridge from an electronics store which would allow you to plug the Ethernet port into the bridge and connect the bridge to a wireless network though what make and model you want to use will depend on your wi-fi equipment.

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  • by Joe on February 16, 2014, @1:55 AM

    Will this system controll my kessil a360w and my tunze turbelle stream 6065 or will I have to purchase the VDM module to get better control? When i purchased the kessil i also purchased the neptune control cable for the kessil will it link directly to the neptune or do I need to connect it to the VDM module?

    Bulk Reef Supply Hi Joe,
    The Apex system already has 2 VDM ports (each with 2 channels) so aside from purchasing the relevant cables you need, no need to purchase the VDM module. Just make sure the cables you have are to interface between the VDM ports and the device you want to control (ie Kessil to VDM cable, VDM to Tunze cable, etc) which won't be the same as a Kessil to Kessil cable for example.

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  • by Javier on June 10, 2014, @2:54 PM

    Hi,
    I'm new to the reef controllers and wanted to know which is better the Apex controller or the Reefkeeper Elite? I would like to use it for the following: measure temp, PH, Lights, dosing, wave makers, ATO, etc. Do any of these reef controllers have any outlets that are always on for a skimmer, aquaripure, UV, etc.

    Bulk Reef Supply Hi Javier,
    It isn't really a matter of better or worse, but that each has it's own features it excels at. If you are looking for something that is super easily configured via the screen without the use of a computer, the reef keeper is better in that sense. If you want more programming ability for custom options, the ability to control via your computer or phone, remote access, etc then the Neptune will be what you want. Any of the controllers can have an outlet programmed to be always on (though if its going to be always on, you might just want to use a regular wall outlet instead of using one of the programmable outlets on the controller).

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  • by Jon on January 28, 2014, @8:32 AM

    Wanted to know if the Apex controller will beable to control 2 part dosing pumps?

    Bulk Reef Supply Hey Jon,
    It will control many pumps such as our BRS dosing pumps. You simply plug them into an outlet on the Apex unit and program the Apex to turn the outlet on and off at the interval you desire.

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Full Details

Lab Grade pH Probe

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



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

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  • Best tank purchase I have made By hyperionfall on 4/15/2015

    OK this thing has made things so much easier for my wife to do tank stuff while I am off on business she loves, I love and the fish love it. I have automated so many tasks from ATO to water changes to supplements and I can monitor things remotely.
  • Awesome and Easy By Kyle Wasseott on 3/31/2015

    This system is extremely simple to set up and extremely intricate and allows to control every aspect of your aquarium. I no longer worry about my tank when i leave my house a quick and simple look on my iPhone and i'm reassured everything is perfectly fine on the homefront
  • Great Product By RDM on 2/20/2015

    I got this to use on my 60 gallon cube. The new Fusion application makes this much easier to setup and access over the internet. It was really nice to be able to check on the tank remotely while I was on vacation. This is highly recommended.
  • Great Product By Jordan on 2/15/2015

    Great controller
  • Best choice By Steven H. on 1/19/2015

    I bought this controller for my new 300 gallon. I have been using the GHL on my 250 for a few years now. The Apex is less than half the price and so much easier to use. Im even using the Apex and the feeder on the GHL tank. I have thought about selling the GHL as the Neptune can run both tanks. A must have for todays Aquarium enthusiasts.
  • Hard to connect to internet By Keiths reef on 12/30/2014

    Having a heck of a time getting connected to my home network. Im by far no dummy when it comes to this stuff. I have contacted Neptune systems for a month. You have to communicate through email, cant even talk to a real person. Im done, The product would be great if It didn't take a month back and forth to get figured out. Poor customer service, Take your money and run company.
  • apex controller By Steven on 12/27/2014

    the best money i spent so far
    I have all my tank info at my finger tips .
    emails me problems, can check anytime i want.
    light timers pump controllers , swabbie ,unlimited choices.
  • great new toy By klean61 on 12/16/2014

    very accurate, nice clear display, alarms, email ,text.
    cant wait to start adding on
    leak detector next
  • A little Glitchy! By maverick on 12/13/2014

    I have lots of experience with aquariums and purchased my first controller from Neptune Systems back in the 90s. And while I still think it is the best controller on the market I have been a little disappointed with some things. I have purchased and setup 2 Apex Systems in the last 6 months and they have both had issues with the probes. The 1st one was an Apex Gold Package and within the first couple weeks the probes seemed to start having values way outside the normal range. I purchased another unit w/Lab Grade pH Probe and within the first week it went up to 9.3 in a 15 minute time period and stayed very high for days. I tried recalibrating it but it still reads high. I am now waiting on a support ticket because I wasn't able to reach anyone by phone at Neptune Systems! I also have had issues logging into my Fusion Account and thus my controller several times and resetting my username/password hasn't helped.

    Overall I believe this to be a good product but am just hoping they can resolve some of these issues since you would expect good performance from such an expensive product!
  • Great investment By Orlando on 12/13/2014

    This is a great device. Love all the functionality and ease of setup. Now I know how my tank is doing no matter where I am.
  • very good product By Dennis on 12/12/2014

    Easy to setup easy to use very useful already saved my tank from a heater falfunction. Only reason I give it a 4 is to really do everything I wanted I had to buy some add ons. In my opinion for 500 it should come with everything you need
  • Great addition ro my nano reef. By Alex on 12/2/2014

    Everything works fine I'd like to say...I stumbled with the video embedding on my Foscam, been to a lot of How to intructions ion forums in Neptune site. and still working on it. That's why I give it 4 stars.

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