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Apex Jr Controller - Neptune Systems

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Great Entry Level Controller from Neptune Systems
  • Fusion Ready

  • Includes Apex Jr Controller, Apex Display Module, Long-life Temperature Probe

  • Basic functions: Light Control and Temperature Control at a great price point

  • 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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If you purchase the Apex Jr, can you add module later. Like a PH probe.
Question by: David on Mar 30, 2014 12:06:00 AM
Hi David,
The Jr can handle a maximum of up to 5 modules. You can mix and match them however you like (eb 8's, PM1's, etc) as long as you don't exceed a total of 5.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Mar 30, 2014 12:06:00 AM
Can you use the 8 outlet module with this controller
Question by: Tyler on Jan 28, 2015 4:17:00 AM
Great Question Tyler!
The Energy Bar 8 is compatible with the Apex Jr.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jan 28, 2015 4:17:00 AM
Would I be able to add a PH probe, Led & Pumps controller, Lunar Simulator LSM & Lunar LED string, 1 Tunze 6095 pump and a JBJ nano glow refugium light and be able to control them all with the Apex Jr?
Question by: William on Apr 5, 2014 12:11:00 PM
Hey William,
The Apex Jr is expandable to add up to a total of 5 modules. You can add individual modules to add the functionality to do everything you mention, but if your going to do that it really doesn't make any sense at all to order an Apex Jr because buying all of the individual modules will cost more then the standard Apex system does. Much of that functionality (Tunze control, LED control, pH probe) is already built into the standard apex unit (though you would still need the lunar module). Buying all those extra modules and probes costs more then just buying the standard apex. It also doesn't have the 5 module limit so it would be much more expandable into the future as well.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Apr 5, 2014 12:11:00 PM
Can I control both Kessil 360w with the Apex Jr? Must I use 2 outlet (1 for each) or can I plug both 360W into 1 outlet?
Question by: Norm on Jul 25, 2014 12:10:00 AM
Hi Norm,
The Kessil requires two channels of control. One channel for the power level and one channel for the color. A single VDM port on an Apex actually controls two channels, so only 1 VDM port will be required to control a single Kessil. Multiple Kessil's can be daisy chained together so you can control multiple units from that single VDM port.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jul 25, 2014 12:10:00 AM
Can you use an Energy Bar 8 with the Jr?
Question by: Jeremy on Feb 28, 2014 4:59:00 AM
Hey Jeremy,
Thats not a problem at all. The Jr. can use any of the modules including the EB8 it just has an 5 module maximum.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Feb 28, 2014 4:59:00 AM
Can the led module be hooked up to this? Also can it be connected to the internet wirelessly? I don't have an Ethernet plug in close to my tank.
Question by: Riley on Dec 9, 2013 4:59:00 PM
Hi Riley,
You can connect any of the other neptune apex modules to the Jr. so long as you don't exceed the 5 module maximum.

You do need to plug the controller in with a physical ethernet cable though you could use a wireless bridge or gaming adapter on the other end of that cable to wirelessly connect to a wifi network.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Dec 9, 2013 4:59:00 PM

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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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  • Love it, but wish I bought the full size! By AZBigJohn on 4/25/2015

    This was my first attempt at purchasing a controller, and have had it for a year now. I read all the reviews, but didn't understand how limiting the 5 module limit was going to be, and how, after your buy the expansion modules, you have spent the money for the regular Apex.

    I bought it primarily to control my Kessil lights, not realizing I had to buy a VDM module. The my auto top off unit dies, and I wanted to use the JR to control my ATO, but to do that you have to buy the IO and PM1 modules. I ended up buying an EB8, too, as the four outlets weren't enough for my larger system.

    I love the Apex system, I bought it when Fusion was just out of Beta, and to be honest, I love the internet readiness of Fusion, but when it comes to setting up and programming outlets, I use the old system. I use Fusion to check things on my cell phone when I'm not home.

    All in all, a GREAT system if you know, and can live with, the limitations. If you even slightly think you might want to control ATO or wirelessly control powerheads, etc... get the full size unit.
  • Priceless controller for peace of mind By Jeff on 3/19/2015

    Purchased the Apex Jr. to help run my new tank. I only needed the 4 outlet controls so the Jr. fits my needs fine. However, I did want the ability to control the float switches on my ATO and had to purchase the I/O Breakout Box along with the PM2 Module. The I/O port on a PM1 or PM2 module is needed to connect the Breakout Box to the Jr. controllers. The new web based Fusion software is great and fairly easy to learn. BRS has some great videos on setup, calibration, etc. Highly recommended!
  • A no brainer to a reef tank! By David on 3/3/2015

    After purchasing the Junior, I now wonder why I did not think of getting this earlier. The failsafe feature of simply being able to cut the power to the heater if it gets stuck in the on position is worth the cost alone. I also use this on my BRS dosers to disperse 2 part at multiple intervals in the day. If you don't need to monitor pH then the junior is perfect. You can still hook up to 5 modules. I plan on adding an 8 bar and auto feeder shortly. The dashboard is awesome and the tutorials online are exceptional. Not to mention if you need a program idea the reef forums are littered with them. Great investment!
  • Limited By Sean on 2/16/2015

    I didn't know at first that I am limited in the number of modules that i can put on the Jr., i should have read the reviews. Besides the limitation it works wonderfully so if you have a smaller tank that doesn't require a lot of automation this is what you want.
  • Works Awesome By Todd on 2/8/2015

    Set up was easy and has been working flawlessly
  • Fantastic Controller By JS on 12/1/2014

    Easy to setup and the software works really well. Very happy with this purchase and look forward to expanding my setup in the future.
  • Great product for smaller systems By Thomas on 11/28/2014

    I would give 5 stars but the 4 module expansion limits it other than that it's great for smaller systems. Easy to setup and to control outlets. Would recommend for any new hobiest with a nano tank
  • Apex Jr. By Marlon on 11/9/2014

    I hesitated between Apex Jr. & Reef Keeper Lite as my first controller to my 28 gallon nano cube, but after doing some research and deciding on Apex Jr., I'm glad I chose Apex Jr. The free web base interface app made a huge difference on my decision. They made Apex Jr. pretty much a plug and play device. I just followed the instructions step by step on what gets plugged in first, second, etc. and I was up and running in no time. I uploaded some pictures to view while using the web base app until I get a webcam for my tank. Reason for my purchase, my chiller probe suddenly failed and it was cooling the water too much while at work. If it wasn't for a family member, I would have lost everything. Now, I'm able to control my tank anywhere and able to turn off devices that may fail. I plan on adding an EB 8 to individually turn off each device.
  • way to hard to set up By bill on 9/23/2014

    the programming was to difficult, if you a math major and computer whiz you might be ok, i used over 40 hours and still only had basic results. sold mine at a loss within a month
  • Great By eric on 5/30/2014

    If you do your research and read before you buy it and know its limits then it's great for ph dosing pump and heater so far my tank has been very stable
  • good controller By Matthias on 5/15/2014

    I have been using this apex jr for a few weeks now. Primary uses are for adding two part and temp control. Not being a computer or networking expert it took a bit of time and research to properly program the settings and especially the remote access. The Neptune website and forums are very helpful.
  • Nice, but module limit... By Bradley on 3/12/2014

    This is a great controller if you don't expect to get too extravagant in your monitoring. The apex jr has a 5 module limit (including display). I'm finding myself trying to determine which modules are most important, rather than just buying them and moving on. Great unit regardless.

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