A must have By Nick on 4/14/14
Nick would recommend this product to a friend
When I was looking at this hobby I decided I had to have a controller. I made up my mind with the Apex and I don't regret it. It was easy to setup, but the instructions are a joke. They recommend you to mrsaltwatertv. Additionally the display screen stopped working after two weeks, I had to ship it back and they returned it, took maybe 2 weeks without a screen.
Anyways, if you are reading this, buy one. The monitoring, control and safeties are a must.
Good product easy to set up By DTACTION on 3/14/14
DTACTION would recommend this product to a friend
This product was pretty simple to set up, for a tech guy like me. The apex gives a lot of options and covers just about everything one can think of. So far so good It's been up and running for a 3 weeks and no problems.
Awesome By Andrew on 3/6/14
Andrew would recommend this product to a friend
This was worth the money spent. No longer have to worry if I forgot to turn something on our off while I'm away. I wouldn't get any other system to control and monitor my tank.
Tank Control By Matt on 2/17/14
Matt would recommend this product to a friend
This is a great piece of equipment to have. It allows you to set up automation for your whole system. I have the PH probe, as well as the Temp probe and all my equipment is connected to my Apex. It allows me to monitor and make changes to my take remotely and can even alert me if it detects anything unusual. The only reason I gave it 4 starts out of 5 is because it can get a little complicated setting everything up until you get used to how everything works.
The manual is absolute crap! By Michael on 2/15/14
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
Both manuals for this thing are pure garbage. WARNING: In the manual they suggest turning on a Microsoft Windows protocol called Telnet. DO NOT DO THIS! Not only is it completely unnecessary (seriously, you don't have to do it at all and the controller will work), if you turn on the Telnet protocol you will probably (almost certainly) get a virus on your PC. Also, on the Energy Bar 8, 6 outlets are solid state, and 2 outlets are controlled by a mechanical relay. The solid state outlets MAY NOT TURN OFF with a low voltage appliance (you know...like a DOSER!). If you have to plug in a doser to one of the solid state outlets, get a extension cord with an extra outlet on it. Plug in your doser, and in one of the other cord outlets plug in a old cellphone charger. That will bring the total voltage on the solid state outlet up high enough to turn n and off when you want it to, but isn't anywhere near too much to overload the outlet.
Somehow, these guys make the best aqua controller on the market right now. If EcoTech makes one, these guys might be in trouble. Also, their app for Android is crap, too.
Works as described By Bruce on 1/22/14
Bruce would recommend this product to a friend
It took me a little time to get the email and text messaging working - but the tech support is great. Plus lots of on line help.
Don't Reef Without It By Joe on 1/16/14
Joe would recommend this product to a friend
I was concerned about the cost, but a few months later, can't believe I ever lived without it. Worth every penny. Even bought a second 8-bar unit and a 50-ft USB extension (http://www.usbfirewire.com/) to hook it up to my infinity edge on the other side of the room with a conductivity probe. Now I don't have to worry about salinity fluctuations in that horribly difficult aquarium!
Only a little intimidating By Robert on 12/18/13
Robert would recommend this product to a friend
Well worth the price for lab grade, if you dont want to read instructions just remember, aquabus ports are not for usb devices haha. Wish i got this years ago!!!!
Excellent product and a must have for vacations! By Jeff on 12/13/13
Jeff would recommend this product to a friend
Mr Saltwater Tank setup videos were a huge help! So far with a little research I have found what I needed for the Advanced Control Type option. Now to find time to read over the huge online manual!
SUPER CONTROLLER By Eric on 12/12/13
Eric would recommend this product to a friend
I am just beginning to understand the capabilities of this controller. Thats what I love about it. The possibillities are almost endless. This removes tons of headaches in managing my tank. I am very happy I got this.
Must have for any reefer By Frank on 11/24/13
Frank would recommend this product to a friend
I love the apex. I use it to control everything and after only five months I can't imagine not having it. It can do so many things that I am sure I have only scratched the surface but I you want you tank to help ensure you tank is successful and thriving this is definitely something that will make your life easier.
Good Controler By pruksakan on 11/9/13
pruksakan would recommend this product to a friend
It is a good controller come with great pH probe.
Only bad thing is a manual hardly to understand how to setup.
Thank for Mr.Saltwater tank for the setup clip.
I'm very happy after set it up and monitor each equipment.
Better Neptune crate a cloud control system such like D-link control it IP Webcam.
Get your aquarium a brain already! By Bobby on 10/24/13
Bobby would recommend this product to a friend
I spent 4 hours reading reviews trying to decide if I should buy this. The price seems steep, but I finally bought it. It cleared up so much clutter with its EB8 and the possibilities you can do with this are incredible. The temp and pH probe are very sensitive and pick up changes within seconds.
It is a PITA to program (especially at 3am) but don't let that deter you. I should have bought this sooner. This guy's programming helped a lot (after reading the manual from Neptune's site): http://www.kenargo.com/apexProgram/
apex By jose on 10/12/13
jose would recommend this product to a friend
wish it was as easy 2 set up need better instructions 4 set up
Great so far By Jon Paul on 8/18/13
Jon Paul would recommend this product to a friend
I am using this controller in my greenhouse. The greenhouse is my home for my aquaponics system. This system uses fish waist as nutrients for plants that grow in flood drain beds and NFT channels. This is the first year that my system has fish in it. I new that i would need a controller, but had looked for a long time and not found one that would meet my needs. Once I saw this one I got really excited and new that it would work.
So far I plugged it in and got access right away over the home network. I could not get the port forwarding to work but had my brother do that part. It only took him 15 minuets. Now I can use my phone to monitor my system when I'm gone.
I can't weight to program my outlets to do different things. I will need a lot of automation in my system.
I plan on getting...
a temp probe to control the air temp and 2nd power strip for ventilation
A ups plugs into the 3rd power strip. I plan on modifying the ups with the addition large external deep cell batteries to run the vitals of the system.
Flow switches installed on the water outputs of vital pumps. These will hook to the breakout box a send txt messages it pump turns off or stops running
Dosing pumps to mix things like potassium bicarbonate into system.
All this equipment will cost a lot but will pay for itself in no time.
complicated By Daniel on 7/25/13
Daniel would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this thing last week. The programing capabilities seem to be endless, but I wouldn't know since I have not been able to get it to connect or do anything with my home computer yet. If you get it right, It's easy, if not, it's needlessly complicated. That said, if you want full control of all the support stuff on your tank this is the ultimate control freak. It has all the depth you will ever need to add anything you want in the future and manipulate till your hearts content. Good investment overall. Time to call the tech-support geeks.
Great Controler By John on 7/7/13
John would recommend this product to a friend
Cant believe I waited so long to get this controller worth every penny.
You need to get one.
Remote control By Kacey on 7/4/13
Kacey would recommend this product to a friend
Had another high-end controller and although it worked adequately, the programming was "old school" and laborious to deal with. I just got this Apex, but I'm excited to be able to link it to my home network and more importantly, to be able to access it via my iPhone while away. Seems like a huge step forward!
Excellent product, but I feel like I need to be certified to use it. By Blennymower on 5/27/13
Blennymower would recommend this product to a friend
I've only had it for three days as I'm writing this review, so there is much for me to learn. But the controller is full of bells and whistles. I'm extremely happy with it so far. Just know that it will take time and effort to fully grasp how to use the controller to its maximum capability.
King of automation, and reliability By Arkaeus on 4/3/13
Arkaeus would recommend this product to a friend
I spent lots of money on another controller. When I found out it wasn't capable of doing what I needed I sold it, bought an Apex, and never looked back. This controller has been one of the best pieces of equipment I own. I highly recommend them.
Excellent controller By Willy7499 on 3/28/13
Willy7499 would recommend this product to a friend
I have had a few different controllers (RKE & RKL) and so far this is my favorite. Programming was a little more complicated, but it was offset with the flexibility by custom programming and cascading commands. I would advise reading the manual first, especially the section on advanced programming.
Overall excellent controller!!
Just get the apex!!!! By Jason on 3/19/13
Jason would recommend this product to a friend
I kicked around the idea of getting a controller for awhile,looking at all the options,I'm glad i went all the way with the Apex w/lab grade probe!!!
THIS THING IS AMAZING!!!!
It does everything and more.
basic set up was a snap, more advanced programming of codes isnt that bad once you understand how its done,plenty of forums online to help!
Replaced all my power strips and timers,wish i would have gotten this sooner.
AWESOME By JASON on 3/14/13
JASON would recommend this product to a friend
Got the apex w/lab grade ph probe today.
pretty sweet !!!!
seems difficult at first, but not bad,definetly easier to set up through browser than through the unit itself.definetly does more than i need but always good to have the options available!
Remote access/control is way cool.
The bast By Sandy on 2/9/13
Sandy would recommend this product to a friend
Saved my tank that is all