Corrupts itself, Update experience is terrible By bentwookie on 6/24/2015
bentwookie wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I've had a number of these over the years. Two problems. First the memory goes bad and they start acting strange. My password and HTTP port field are randomly filled with junk characters every week. Second, when you add modules (the vortech controller comes to mind) you'll need to update the firmware. The process for doing this is very difficult to get right without messing up your unit. Check out their support forum and see all the people who've had trouble. It's enlightening.
Awesome!!!!!!!!! By Andrew on 5/12/2015
Andrew would recommend this product to a friend
This is the first tank that I am using a control system. The initial programming can be overwhelming but the support forum while have you up and running in no time.
Probably not worth the money By Robert on 4/22/2015
Robert wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
When I started my current tank I decided to do it right and week one purchased the full apex with all pertinent modules including the break out box and ai light module for my ai hydra 52's. It works great but after getting everything dialed in I realized there are much cheaper ways to handle a to and the temp,pH, ORP and salinaty it monitors for me are really not the most important things to watch. If it could monitor calcium, alkalinity and phosphate it would really be worth the money but it cannot. You end up still testing for those most important parameters. If I had to do it over again I would UST otacom for that and maybe a pH stand alone monitor and the ai director for the lights. If you have to have a controller this one IMHO is the best.
awesome piece of equipment. By dominick on 4/22/2015
dominick would recommend this product to a friend
Its a.fantastic piece for trie reefers,it can do anything possable and.then some i was truly blown away by it.takes alot od gettimg used to and programming is a little rough bit many ppl can help get you througj any issues you have
Best tank purchase I have made By hyperionfall on 4/15/2015
hyperionfall would recommend this product to a friend
OK this thing has made things so much easier for my wife to do tank stuff while I am off on business she loves, I love and the fish love it. I have automated so many tasks from ATO to water changes to supplements and I can monitor things remotely.
Awesome and Easy By Kyle Wasseott on 3/31/2015
Kyle Wasseott would recommend this product to a friend
This system is extremely simple to set up and extremely intricate and allows to control every aspect of your aquarium. I no longer worry about my tank when i leave my house a quick and simple look on my iPhone and i'm reassured everything is perfectly fine on the homefront
Great Product By RDM on 2/20/2015
RDM would recommend this product to a friend
I got this to use on my 60 gallon cube. The new Fusion application makes this much easier to setup and access over the internet. It was really nice to be able to check on the tank remotely while I was on vacation. This is highly recommended.
Great Product By Jordan on 2/15/2015
Jordan would recommend this product to a friend
Best choice By Steven H. on 1/19/2015
Steven H. would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this controller for my new 300 gallon. I have been using the GHL on my 250 for a few years now. The Apex is less than half the price and so much easier to use. Im even using the Apex and the feeder on the GHL tank. I have thought about selling the GHL as the Neptune can run both tanks. A must have for todays Aquarium enthusiasts.
Hard to connect to internet By Keiths reef on 12/30/2014
Keiths reef wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Having a heck of a time getting connected to my home network. Im by far no dummy when it comes to this stuff. I have contacted Neptune systems for a month. You have to communicate through email, cant even talk to a real person. Im done, The product would be great if It didn't take a month back and forth to get figured out. Poor customer service, Take your money and run company.
apex controller By Steven on 12/27/2014
Steven would recommend this product to a friend
the best money i spent so far
I have all my tank info at my finger tips .
emails me problems, can check anytime i want.
light timers pump controllers , swabbie ,unlimited choices.
great new toy By klean61 on 12/16/2014
klean61 would recommend this product to a friend
very accurate, nice clear display, alarms, email ,text.
cant wait to start adding on
leak detector next
A little Glitchy! By maverick on 12/13/2014
maverick would recommend this product to a friend
I have lots of experience with aquariums and purchased my first controller from Neptune Systems back in the 90s. And while I still think it is the best controller on the market I have been a little disappointed with some things. I have purchased and setup 2 Apex Systems in the last 6 months and they have both had issues with the probes. The 1st one was an Apex Gold Package and within the first couple weeks the probes seemed to start having values way outside the normal range. I purchased another unit w/Lab Grade pH Probe and within the first week it went up to 9.3 in a 15 minute time period and stayed very high for days. I tried recalibrating it but it still reads high. I am now waiting on a support ticket because I wasn't able to reach anyone by phone at Neptune Systems! I also have had issues logging into my Fusion Account and thus my controller several times and resetting my username/password hasn't helped.
Overall I believe this to be a good product but am just hoping they can resolve some of these issues since you would expect good performance from such an expensive product!
Great investment By Orlando on 12/13/2014
Orlando would recommend this product to a friend
This is a great device. Love all the functionality and ease of setup. Now I know how my tank is doing no matter where I am.
very good product By Dennis on 12/12/2014
Dennis would recommend this product to a friend
Easy to setup easy to use very useful already saved my tank from a heater falfunction. Only reason I give it a 4 is to really do everything I wanted I had to buy some add ons. In my opinion for 500 it should come with everything you need
Great addition ro my nano reef. By Alex on 12/2/2014
Alex would recommend this product to a friend
Everything works fine I'd like to say...I stumbled with the video embedding on my Foscam, been to a lot of How to intructions ion forums in Neptune site. and still working on it. That's why I give it 4 stars.
A must have! By Jeff on 11/28/2014
Jeff would recommend this product to a friend
As a reefer, why would you EVER build a tank without one of these. It has made automation easy. I love my APEX!!!
Best controller out By Thomas on 11/28/2014
Thomas would recommend this product to a friend
Add this to my new nano reef. Easy to program and wounderful to be able to check on tank from ant computer or phone. Easy to setup and operate. Would recommend to any hobbiest been best investment made for my tank. Will defiantly buy for my large reef setup
Great controller By Mark on 11/21/2014
Mark would recommend this product to a friend
I got this when I upgraded my tank, installation was easy learning to use it was not so easy for me but lots of help online. I went from a reefkeeper to the apex and I can do so much more now.
Very helpfull By Jordan on 11/14/2014
Jordan would recommend this product to a friend
Purchased this to help me with my first saltwater setup. I have also purchased the afs system for it. It has helped me be able to feed my aquarium when im not home from my smartphone, and i get alerts from the temp and ph improper. this is the best aquarium controller out there.
Nothing can go wrong with an apex By Valerie on 10/5/2014
Valerie would recommend this product to a friend
I cant imagine not having a fish tank without a controller. The Apex is easy to set up. You don't have to be that smart with computers to do it. Once its set up its easy to program and make it fit your aquarium needs! This controller has saved my tanks many times.
Outstanding! By Christian on 9/26/2014
Christian would recommend this product to a friend
For those who wish to take their reef to the next level, this is the tool you need. From simple sunrise / sunset LED function, to full system monitoring and control, the Apex has you covered. Easily the best investment I have made in the hobby. Fantastic support from the Neptune Systems forum as well!
Great product! By Ed on 8/13/2014
Ed would recommend this product to a friend
At first I was a little frustrated setting up,however most issues were mistakes I had made. Apex fusion works seamlessly so far. I have added WXM and leak detection. I am very happy with the web access and email warnings. WXM is a must have accessory if you have Ecotech lights or pumps. It's expensive but we'll worth it . Just think about the piece of mind the next time you are on vacation.
Great Product By Chris on 5/28/2014
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
I've been using the Apex for about 7 months now. I started out with a ReefKeeper.. This product is much easier to use, as well provides much better customization. I have it controlling everything in my tank from the float switches, to the door switch to turn the sump lights on when I open the cabinet.
Good products except for damaged lab grade ph probe By Rafael on 5/19/2014
Rafael would recommend this product to a friend
Good products except for damaged lab grade ph probe, I called Andy Customer service and he shipped the replacement immediately . Excellent customer service will buy from them again thanks
Wonderful product By LUCKY2B on 5/16/2014
LUCKY2B would recommend this product to a friend
I have to say that the product does everything and more just a matter of imagination and cash. The only reason I gave it four stars is the set-up can be a little convoluted but I do have to say there are many resources to get back on the straight and narrow. I'm not your average reef junky, just your usual high tech planted discus tank junky and being able to monitor temp and Ph to the tee is a god-send. THANKS NEPTUNE!
Worth every penny By Nick on 5/10/2014
Nick would recommend this product to a friend
This Apex controller brings aquarium automation to next level. I really like how you can write simple if else statement to control outlets. Season table is fantastic.
Good to have By Anneke on 4/30/2014
Anneke would recommend this product to a friend
This is relatively easy to set up and has been very reliable. There is a bit of a learning curve, but it here is plenty of help on the internet. I only wish it came with the break out box functionality.
Reliable By waterflyer on 4/26/2014
waterflyer would recommend this product to a friend
I have had this set up on my 75 gallon reef tank for 6 months now. It is an excellent product. The lab grade PH probe is always accurate. I calibrate it every few months just as a precaution. It take a little bit of reading and studying to fully understand how to access it via your phone while away from home. Well worth every penny. Gives you piece of mind and control over your reef. Love this!!!
A must have By Nick on 4/13/2014
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 3/14/2014
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 3/6/2014
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 2/17/2014
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 2/15/2014
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 1/22/2014
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 1/15/2014
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 12/18/2013
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 12/13/2013
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 12/12/2013
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 11/23/2013
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 11/9/2013
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 10/24/2013
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 10/11/2013
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 8/18/2013
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 7/25/2013
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 7/7/2013
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 7/3/2013
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 5/27/2013
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.