Great Controller By James on 11/19/13
James would recommend this product to a friend
Very nice controller and easy to setup. Can be a challenge to program if you are not good with computers but it is not very hard to learn. Bought it to mainly control my lights but now adding more features to really help control everything in my tank.
Life before Apex? By Randy on 9/17/13
Randy would recommend this product to a friend
I have one word, AUTOMATION. Being away from home a lot leaves the tank duties to my wife. With her busy schedule, as well, we had to find a solution streamline various tasks. The Apex Lite Controller was it!
The ability to monitor and control our tank from any location is incredible. It seems like every day I find something else I can hook up and control with my Apex. Now if only it could do a water change and feed my fish for me.... WAIT...IT CAN!
Takes some time By Job on 9/3/13
Job would recommend this product to a friend
I have some computer skills, needed some help from other people and still learning on how to run it but over all a very good unit doing what I need it to but would be much more happy if I can figure the rest of the controls out with out it taking all day to do so. Must be dinging something wrong on some of the commands
Good choice for the discerning reefer By Mark on 8/13/13
Mark would recommend this product to a friend
I chose the lite version because I don't need ORP capabilities, my LED lighting system is advanced enough to have its own built in controller, and I don't run a calcium reactor or have Tunze pumps.
Purchasing the PH Probe separately saves me something like $100.00 over the base version and I will use this toward the purchase of modules that will benefit me more, such as the ALD or WXM.
reefkeeper or apex? By Chad on 7/22/13
Chad would recommend this product to a friend
I purchased the apex lite controller to replace my reefkeeper lite plus, and I am happy to report that I am very pleased with my decision to upgrade. This unit is quite a bit more expensive, but the standard apex controller is comparably priced with the reefkeeper elite w net module.
Pros: All apex controllers come with internet buit-in. Compatible with Windows AND Mac. Once setup, you can remotely access AND program AND control the unit from any web browser, smart phone, or tablet. The phone/tablet app was developed BY neptune for use with their apex controllers. Receive email/text alerts when something is not as it should be. Control/customization - the possabilities seem almost endless here. There is an entire user forum dedicated to setting up, programming, and controlling the apex (this may also be the case with the reefkeeper, but I don't know). Alththough I was able to control everything the way I wanted to with the reefkeeper also, the apex controller, to me, seemed to be easier and more intuitive to program than the reefkeeper. There is a module for controlling vortech pums available (sold separately).
Cons: The pH probe is not included with the apex lite controller (I am currently using the pH probe that came with the reefkeeper).
What I reccomend: If you are on a budget, the reefkeeper lite SHOULD be able to get the job done and I would prefer this unit over the apex jr. Otherwise, if you are debating between the apex and the reefkeeper elite, I think the apex is the way to go. Unless you need or plan on using the ORP port or the 0-10 V channels for LED dimming or tunze pumps, the apex lite controller is all you really need, but don't forget the pH probe. Also, I highly reccomend purchasing a wireless gaming adapter unless you plan on installing the controller near a router. I bought the netgear wireless adapter for my setup for $50.
P.S. I have never rated anything 5 stars in my life!
Would buy again By Andrew on 7/20/13
Andrew would recommend this product to a friend
The Apex is a great controller and I would never run a tank again without it. It's easy to set up, but the networking can be a bit of a pain. but using Apex's user guides on their site gives you a step by step walk though of the advanced networking. All in all it took me a few hours to set up and it's great to be able to monitor the tank anytime, anywhere from my cellphone. I'd give it 4.5 starts if the option was available.
Well Worth the Money By Jay on 7/15/13
Jay would recommend this product to a friend
With the Apex not only can you monitor all the vital stats but you can control all of your equipment remotely. The unit was relatively easy to set up if you have any computer knowledge. Looking forward to expanding with additional modules and sensors.
Awesome controller! By Bob on 7/14/13
Bob would recommend this product to a friend
This is my first controller, it was a little complicated at first. I spent most of a day getting it up and running but I'm sure it will save a lot of time and hassle in the future. Everything works as described, I can even monitor my tank from a smart-phone, amazing!
Best investment for a reef tank By Robert on 3/26/13
Robert would recommend this product to a friend
Very easy to use and the controlling options are endless. I will never set up another tank without one.
Awesome By andrew on 3/17/13
andrew would recommend this product to a friend
Apex Lite was up and running in no time. easy set up easy programming, no complaints could not be happier. Super fast delivery from BRS, Thanks. I love it
Great Produt By ARo on 3/12/13
ARo would recommend this product to a friend
Great product to have, I bought the Apex Jr.Unit and it`s a nice equipment to have if you have the money. Really nice,fancy looking display and the module light device actuallyn works great, giving me a nice sunriase/sunset affect but must say a little complicated to program if you are nat a computer type of person. Overall really nice system well done by Apex. I would recommend it to any reefer.
awesome By Ryan on 2/16/13
Ryan would recommend this product to a friend
Love my Neptune apex lite.....
Ease of Mind By Trueerfan on 1/31/13
Trueerfan would recommend this product to a friend
it's great to have ease of mind when your way. it's nice to have all the controls with the use of your cell phone. this product is awesome I would recommend to anybody looking to have control over their aquarium, reef tank or display today