Apex Controller with Lab-Grade pH Probe - Neptune Systems

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Apex Controller with Lab-Grade pH Probe - Neptune Systems

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The Apex controller is by far one of the most advance dedicated aquarium controllers on the market today.  There are other controllers that are easier to use, however 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.


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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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?
Question by: Joe on Feb 16, 2014 1:55:00 AM
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.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Feb 16, 2014 1:55:00 AM
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.
Question by: Jerry on May 1, 2014 8:20:00 PM
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.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on May 1, 2014 8:20:00 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?
Question by: Wiley on Nov 3, 2013 4:22:00 PM
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.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Nov 3, 2013 4:22:00 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
Question by: Roman on Feb 19, 2014 7:53:00 PM
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 :-)
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Feb 19, 2014 7:53:00 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)?
Question by: Gregory on Feb 5, 2014 2:13:00 PM
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).
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Feb 5, 2014 2:13:00 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
Question by: Chuck Zdany on Feb 25, 2014 10:02:00 PM
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.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Feb 25, 2014 10:02:00 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.
Question by: Javier on Jun 10, 2014 2:54:00 PM
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).
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jun 10, 2014 2:54:00 PM
Wanted to know if the Apex controller will beable to control 2 part dosing pumps?
Question by: Jon on Jan 28, 2014 8:32:00 AM
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.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jan 28, 2014 8:32:00 AM

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Lab Grade pH Probe

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



Quick Compare - Neptune Apex Controllers

ControllerPriceBase UnitDisplay 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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  • Simply THE BEST ! By Xavier on 2/8/2016

    You will realize you can't live without it when you get it !
  • EXCELLENT PRODUCT! FREE SETUP PROVIDED BY APEX. By chris on 2/4/2016

    I bought this on BRS black Friday and paid $60 less. To hook up my kessils properly, all you have to do is email them and allow access to your fusion account and tell them in basic terms what you are trying to do and they do it for you through the internet! Now that's customer service!. I had my bluelab ph pen calibrated and read 8.0, I have the apex lab grade probe and it says 7.7?? My ph pen is calibrated 2 days ago..someone is incorrect. Nevertheless, you will be VERY HAPPY with this system. GET IT ON BLACK FRIDAY! And no tax either;)
  • Take Control of your Tank By Xavier on 1/25/2016

    There is a learning curve to program the Apex, but its all worth it, the Fusion set up looks great !!! I CANT STOP checking my tank at work from my computer ! Also half of the included things like temp probe and the power strip you will have to buy anyway if you were to start a new tank !! Its already included here .. Best money spent !
  • Really Like It By BH on 12/18/2015

    I am really enjoying the controller. I had absolutely no issues with set-up or connection to Fusion. I have AT&T Uverse and in reading some forums I had a few concerns; however, everything went smooth for me. I was up and running within about 30 minutes and I am not a computer guy. I have been doing the reef tank thing for about 7 years with no controller on a 150 gallon tank and this really provides peace of mind. It was nice getting rid of all the separate timers as well.
  • scattered horrible directions not intuitive By Join the Revolution on 12/15/2015

    I really wanted the idea of an APEX, having the ability to have a tank sitter do many things including life support and simplifying my hobby. This is not the case. Buyer beware. I have wasted days upon days of my time trying to get the unit to shake hands after a firmware update. ( oh, you WILL be forced into learning computer commands) Too many cons to list. I now need APEX support to VPN into my pc to correct or replace the unit. Not sure If it is worth the hassle at this point. The value is poor. I also agree with the other reviewer. Check out their forum, there are many of us that got duped and now have an expensive brick next to our tanks.
  • Nice! By Patrick on 12/14/2015

    This was better than I expected. Easy to set up. The only problem was all the spots in the power bar were not activated. Sort of freaked me out at first. I thought it was broke. After doing a google search I found a post that said you had to add the 4 other plugs. The temp probe is over sized and they almost force you to buy their overly priced probe holder. I would have given this 5 stars if the power bar fully worked out of the box and the temp probe was the diameter of a normal probe or they included the probe holder for the big temp probe. Overall I am very happy I bought this.
  • Why did I wait so long By chuck on 12/9/2015

    This controller is a life saver....I will admit it took some time initially learning how to program the different options; but, after watching a few you tube videos and trial and error I am becoming an Apex wizard. It is also nice being able to view my tank at work and even make changes
  • A must have accessory for every reef tank1 By Chris on 11/19/2015

    Initial set up was really east but the firmware updates can get a little tough (could quite possibly be user error). Any issues i have had with it will not keep me away from it. Being able to control everything from lights (Radion), power heads (MP10s), feeder, protein skimmer, etc. from one place make having a reef tank a lot more convenient and easier to take care of.
  • Works great with a bit of patience By TIm on 7/26/2015

    Loving this controller however it did take me a few hours to get everything properly configured and learn the ins and outs of the advanced programming but eventually the light bulb went on in my head and now I am loving it. The BRS videos are extensive and the best around for instruction so glad I bought it from them to support.

    I will also add that I bought the leak detection module and it worked wonderfully when I had a piece of PVC coupling burst. I could have spilled 100 gallons of water onto my hardwood in family room but it shut off the pumps before anything really bad.
  • Indespensible By Evan on 7/18/2015

    Maybe it's just because I'm a software engineer by day, but I really can't imagine this hobby without one of these.

    Worried about overflowing? Toss a few float switches on the tank and have the Apex email you about spills.

    Tired of working in a dark sump? How about a few magnetic switches on the doors to turn on a light when the doors open.

    And that's not even mentioning lights, pumps, feeding and the "normal" stuff you can do with an Apex.
  • Corrupts itself, Update experience is terrible By bentwookie on 6/24/2015

    I've had a number of these over the years. Two problems. First the memory goes bad and they start acting strange. My password and HTTP port field are randomly filled with junk characters every week. Second, when you add modules (the vortech controller comes to mind) you'll need to update the firmware. The process for doing this is very difficult to get right without messing up your unit. Check out their support forum and see all the people who've had trouble. It's enlightening.
  • Awesome!!!!!!!!! By Andrew on 5/12/2015

    This is the first tank that I am using a control system. The initial programming can be overwhelming but the support forum while have you up and running in no time.

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