Documentation very informational and asy to follow By sirtang on 9/15/2015
sirtang would recommend this product to a friend
First I would like to say that this is the first aquarium controller system that I have bought. So, I really can't compare it to another brand.
However, I'm impressed and pleased with the Apex Jr, so far. The quality of the product seems very solid. I found their documentation very informational and easy to follow (I had my Apex Jr. up in running on my home network in less than 20 minutes). The alerts that it offers; e-mail, text and audible, are fantastic features.
I initially bought this to help maintain a more consistent temperature for my 125 G reef . And, as a fail safe if the aquarium heaters stuck in the on position, which could potentially over heat the reef. I, also, bought this to add the leak-detection module in the near future.
I must say this is not a must have product, but it is a nice tool to have that provides extra insurance and eyes for your aquarium, especially if your away from home a lot.
The only down-side to this controller system is the price, it seems a little steep. One would think, if the company would lower the price so its more affordable for every one, they may sell more. And, therefore, make more money in the long run.
Great controller By Jake on 7/21/2015
Jake would recommend this product to a friend
The controller was very easy to setup and to program. I really like Apex fusion, which allows me to view/make changes from either my phone and/or computer. One of the best purchases for my tank.
Great product By Brian on 7/3/2015
Brian would recommend this product to a friend
I like the Jr model because it does all I need it to do for now and I can upgrade later. I was unable to spend the money on the full Apex. By getting the Jr. I can upgrade modules slowly and pay a little at a time instead of a lot at once.
The best By Randy on 6/10/2015
Randy would recommend this product to a friend
Easy to setup and the software works really well. Very happy with this purchase.
Excellent Product By Richard on 5/24/2015
Richard would recommend this product to a friend
Purchased for 30 gallon reef tank. Works great.
Love it, but wish I bought the full size! By AZBigJohn on 4/25/2015
AZBigJohn would recommend this product to a friend
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
Jeff would recommend this product to a friend
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
David would recommend this product to a friend
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
Sean wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
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
Todd would recommend this product to a friend
Set up was easy and has been working flawlessly