Great product By bl95 on 8/28/2015
bl95 would recommend this product to a friend
This product, while a considerable financial commitment, is tremendous. I've had it for 2 weeks and I don't think I could go without one. I think it is one of those necessary expenses if you are in this for the long term. As advertised, you can monitor and control the tank from anywhere. Provides confidence that everything is operating as it should. When you consider how much you have invested in your tank, if this unit prevents a crash, it will pay for itself over time. One "downside" is that the more you use it, the more you want to use it - to monitor/program VorTech Pumps and auto feed for example. There's a module for that.
Yes it is worth the money By Fishpistol on 7/15/2015
Fishpistol would recommend this product to a friend
I did go back and forth with this for awhile it is expensive. I kept thinking what on earth makes it so great. Well with fusion online from anywhere I have piece of mind. I also have a great way to track all of my reef information and make sure things are going well. I can line up my PH and temp to check and see what that is doing. I can also not rely on my chillers temp gauge and use the more accurate apex to turn it on and off. Lighting is a breeze along with control of all pumps and heaters. It is true automation with a feeder ATO I can live for weeks and not worry at all about the tank. It was a good buy just make sure to hard wire it. The wireless is less then ideal.
Good By Rose on 7/6/2015
Rose would recommend this product to a friend
This an excellent piece of equipment to help keep your tank safe. It does not recover well from power outages and updating the device is an absolute pain, but it is worth it.
Never worked. Company unwilling to support By UnhappyCustomer on 4/11/2015
UnhappyCustomer wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Constantly losing network connectivity. I've sent it back to the company three, going on four times.
Best controller on the market By Mike on 3/29/2015
Mike would recommend this product to a friend
I was hesitant to pick this up just based on price but I haven't regretted it one since. The several different modules you can pick up our amazing from an auto feeder to vertex control as well as leak detection. The basic systems and it comes with pH and temperature checking as well as the eight port power strip make it worth it had mine for about two years now keeps my systems and check
do your tank a favor By ryan on 3/25/2015
ryan would recommend this product to a friend
I would rather have an apex and no fish tank then a fish tank with no apex.
awesome By shyerdj on 3/23/2015
shyerdj would recommend this product to a friend
a great watchdog on my setup and all that i've invested into it. I like the alerts, logs, graphs, and online interface. I wish the price was lower but it's worth the piece of mind on several possible snafu's.
Just Buy It By Dan on 3/13/2015
Dan would recommend this product to a friend
I held out for a long time on whether to add a controller to my setup. I like simplicity, and that's actually what the Apex does for you. If I add up all of the money I spent on a temp controller, lighting timers, pH monitor, top-off controller, it's probably a couple hundred dollars that I could have saved toward the Apex. And the Apex does WAY more.
It's pretty easy to set up, there is a Neptune forum if you get stuck, and Neptune is always on top of development.
The new Fusion online software is great - I can check on the tank from work or my phone.
It will even email you or text you if something goes wrong - what's not to love?!?!
amazing would never get rid of it By Alexander on 2/16/2015
Alexander would recommend this product to a friend
I love the unit and I would never get rid of it. It helps keep an eye on the tank and I can program really cool things in the tank. It helped my family feel better about leavening the tank knowing it will still nd me a alert
The best!!! By Chris on 2/13/2015
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
I purchased this as my first automated aquarium controller. I was undecided between a ReefKeeper or the Neptune until I talked to Ryan at BRS. So here I am writing a review for the Neptune Apex w/PH probe.
This controller is very easy to install and only took about an hour total time from start to complete wireless automation with a Netgear wireless module. The installation & programming videos on BRS youtube make this thing cake to put together and get everything calibrated.
I love the fact that I can view my water parameters and make changes while I am away from home on my computer, Ipad, or Iphone.
The best thing is scaring my wife by turning on the alarm while she is at home by herself.
Put the Neptune on your network by direct wired connection or wireless like me so that you can set it up on your computer. The unit can monitor more than one aquarium!!!
Any additional tanks of mine in the future will have a NEPTUNE!
Must have! By Ewan on 2/12/2015
Ewan would recommend this product to a friend
I'm new to the hobby so I got the apex straight off the bat! This thing has kept my system in check and I love it,I would never run a tank without one.
Money well spent! By Todd on 1/11/2015
Todd would recommend this product to a friend
After using one of the competitors products for the past few years I can say I wouldnt go back after using the apex. Setup is a little time consuming but well worth it.
Awesome Product By Frank P on 12/30/2014
Frank P would recommend this product to a friend
Waited for a long time before getting a controller and now I can only say that the money I was worried about spending is more than offset by the peace of mind I have. With all the features and the add ons, coupled with the cloud based monitoring and control, it's a godsend for people who travel or spend lots of time away from home. The only downside is that you have so much more capability that you simply HAVE to buy more gadgets to take full advantage...
no updates By chheesehead on 12/29/2014
chheesehead wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I have had my apex for about two years. It has only worked off and on from my Samsung note 2 phone, less than 50% of the time. I have now updated to a note 4 and it will not work. The last update they have for there software is a year old. If you don't mind using it manually, it works fine. In my mind it is way overpriced, but what's new.
Makes monitoring a breeze By David on 12/22/2014
David would recommend this product to a friend
This is the way to go if your serious about your reef tank. And with all the accessories and add ins, you can't beat the one unit operation.
peace of mind By Ben on 12/15/2014
Ben would recommend this product to a friend
Hard to imagine running a reef tank without an Apex now. With all I have invested in the tank, the Apex acts as a bit of insurance.
Apex rocks By adam on 12/10/2014
adam would recommend this product to a friend
keep your parameters in check, must have.
Awesome By Jason on 11/30/2014
Jason would recommend this product to a friend
Its a great product. I will always have one on any aquarium I own in the future. It makes it much easier to maintain a reef tank. My favorite part is the ability to set up custom feed modes that you can use for different tasks. For example I use feed mode A for feeding and i use B to shut down my skimmer for a few hours when I dose bacteria.
Must have for any reef tank By Jmardis on 9/2/2014
Jmardis would recommend this product to a friend
Apex controller is a must have for any reef tank. This will make life much easier managing a saltwater tank. You will always know your ph and this controller can make every day task automatic. This would be the first thing I would buy for a new tank!
Easy and Amazing By Greg on 8/11/2014
Greg would recommend this product to a friend
While the unit itself is quite well built the community behind the system is really the gem. No one should have to figure out any reef setup on their own. Simple searches in Google will provide any programming you need from easy to complex. Add to that the BRS TV series for the system and you have perfection.
How did I ever live without this? By Alex on 7/19/2014
Alex would recommend this product to a friend
While the programming language for the advanced controls is a bit clunky and unintuitive, once you get it down this thing can do anything you want. Sump too low..turn on auto top off pump. Sump even lower... turn off the main pump and the skimmer. Salinity to low... turn off auto top off. Temp to warm... turn on fans. Warmer still... turn on chiller, turn off lights, sound an alarm, and send me an email. etc. etc. etc.
Just purchased an additional Energy Bar 8 and next on the list it the expansion module to control the Vortech pumps and Radion lights.
I have to say though, this can get pricey really fast. But what doesn't in this hobby, right?
Coming back to try again By Devin on 6/21/2014
Devin would recommend this product to a friend
I previously had the lite model and thought it was good. Loved the control I had with it from home, but the control outside the home left alot to be desired. After seeing the release of Fusion I decided to give it another go. I must say Im extremely impressed, setup was a breeze, email setup was even easier. One thing that fell short in my eyes was the sms alert. They do not have my provider (US Cellular). Still, email is setup and it is sent to my phone just as well. I can connect to fusion with any device I own, android phone, apple tablet, windows computer and it all works the same.
Smart Move By David on 5/20/2014
David would recommend this product to a friend
Bought the lite when it was still available. Automating everything made it a lot easier to be a reefer with a newborn baby.
brilliant product - awesome support By debby on 5/12/2014
debby would recommend this product to a friend
i just installed apex about a week ago. The support on the telephone from BRS and from Neptune is un-surpassed by any company or product I've experienced. Not only is this a great product, but the measure of how great is substantiated by the support.
I anticipate adding leak detection, salinity probe and more as time/money permit