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
Fantastic Controller By JS on 12/1/2014
JS would recommend this product to a friend
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
Thomas would recommend this product to a friend
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
Marlon would recommend this product to a friend
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
bill wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
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
eric would recommend this product to a friend
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
Matthias would recommend this product to a friend
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
Bradley would recommend this product to a friend
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.
Awesome apex By Ryan on 12/13/2013
Ryan would recommend this product to a friend
Don't listen to the negative reviews. The Apex Jr. is amazing. I had it all up and running in a few minutes. Even sends me a text and email when any parameters I set fall out of range. I couldn't imagine this thing being any easier to program while still having complete control of programming. If you have any questions, just look on youtube and people have step by step videos of how to set up. I've added a VDM and wireless module. Couldn't be happier
Apex Jr - Great Jr controller. By Brad on 11/28/2013
Brad would recommend this product to a friend
The Neptune Apex Jr is great starting point into the controller world. I have it hooked up to my Nano 24g Reef tank. It is a little hard to program, I have the extra VDM module for my Kessil A360W light. After some time on the Neptune's forum I figured out how to setup my lights. It comes with a Temp prop and 4 outlets to control. Good for someone who wants control of a few things. Looking forward to the Fusion to come out, to make it even better.
Great Product, Insane Price Point! By Jim on 6/3/2013
Jim would recommend this product to a friend
The Apex Jr. is great because for just a couple of Benjamins I can monitor the temperature remotely and my tank is protected from overheating from a faulty heater, my AC going out, etc. I just added a PM1 and I now can even monitor my pH. Now I feel much safer going on vacation. The previous review of one-star because you cannot add more than four modules is ridiculous. If you end up needing that much, just buy the full Apex and put this one on another tank or sell it. I wish there was a sixth star!
Buy Apex or Apex lite By Ali on 4/20/2013
Ali wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I made the mistake of buying the Jr. then i decided to expand to do other things and i started ordering the WXM, VDM, PM1, PM2 and EB8 x2 and come to find out you can use a max number of 4 modules expansions on the Jr.so now i cant even use 2 of my modules and their probes because of the limitation, if i had bought the Apex i would have saved over 600$ and didn't need to buy the VDM, PM1 and PM2 Modules and one of the EB8's. so take unless you just want to control your basic temp, light and heater don't buy the JR. The only reason i am giving it 1 star is because of the 4 module limitation and not the actual product. for the product i give 5 stars.
Really nice By J.R. on 2/12/2013
J.R. would recommend this product to a friend
Ok first of, let me say what I don`t like about this unit (that`s why I rate 4 stars), #1: very expensive, #2: the programming of it`s not the easiest, the cat 5 that the VDM module comes with does not not tell you wich wires are V+ and V-...other than that is great.
Really well design unit, fancy looking display with a lot of option on what you want to do with the output. Once I figure out the programming part of it, it worked nicely and smooth, giving me a nice natural sunset/sunrise effect. Overall it`s a nice equipment to have.
And now, that I know it works, I will be buying more modules to do some funky things with my reef tank.
Apex, GREAT DEVICE, but take notes on the negative comments and try to correct some of this things.