Far from plug & play By Mtthbrook on 2/9/14
Mtthbrook wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Positives: good brs video to help with setup, good forums to help with setup, good price
Negatives: not very expandable, not much instruction from the manufacturer, not compatible with iPads,
Summary: I think I should have spent the extra coin for a better unit.
Great Reef Controller By Jonathan on 2/4/14
Jonathan would recommend this product to a friend
I wanted to add a controller to my tank for a while and after watching the videos here at BRS I decided to go with the Reefkeeper from Digital Aquatics. It installed easily inside my stand. There is ample cable provided to set the various modules in many different locations away from the head unit if desired. Programming it is pretty easy, much easier than an Apex. Its not as full featured as an Apex, but at the much lower price point I can live with that. The RKL head unit can only run 4 modules, which is a slight drawback, but it is expandable at least. I understand that you can trade in the RKL to DA to upgrade to an Elite which can run 16 modules; I may do that eventually. My only gripe would be the instruction manual, which is so basic as to be almost worthless when figuring out how to calibrate the ph probe. All in all I like the unit though, and am happy I bought it.
Nice controller but easy to outgrow capabilities By Patrick on 1/25/14
Patrick would recommend this product to a friend
I'll never set up another aquarium with out a controller.
I monitor PH, Temp, control my lights, have a feed mode to turnoff pumps and light on. I have alarms set for PH, low temp high temp.
The only problem I've ever had is with the Temp probe connection on the SL1 module. Contacts on the RJ6 connector get corroded and set off my temp alarm. So far it has never caused me any real problems.
I also find that I want to do more that than the "Lite" controller can do and they are things that the elite controller can do.
Love my RKL By Geoffrey on 1/17/14
Geoffrey would recommend this product to a friend
Lovin my RKL plus also purchased the dual float kit. Makes my life that much easier takes a little of the load off plus it's just really cool with all the features you can use
Best purchase I ever made. By Joshjk on 11/9/13
Joshjk would recommend this product to a friend
This controller is amazing. It does everything! It was so easy to setup. I fallowed Bulk Reef Supply's how to video on thus and it made it so easy. Everything worked right of the box all came in great condition. My RKL plus give me a piece of mind when I'm not with my tank. I bought this as a ultimate fail safe for my new tank I'm setting up. I lost my previous tank basically over night about 6 weeks ago. I now dont have to worry because my RKL will take care of basically everything that can go wrong. I tell everyone about this controller and how wonderful it is.
Great buy By Dylan on 10/28/13
Dylan would recommend this product to a friend
Meet and went above my expectations. I now have the ability to control my whole tank from one device which saves me time and money. Great product.
Not for the impatient By David on 7/22/13
David would recommend this product to a friend
This product is really cool, if you like gadgets and fish tanks, you will want to get this. The only draw back i found when hooking this up, which is mentioned in other reviews, is the piss poor set up guide and having to use the forums on the digital aquatics site to get answers. If you have weak google-foo you will hate this product, but if you can get through the set up you will love it.
Gets the job done! 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 after owning the reefkeeper for only 8 months, and I am happy to report that I am very pleased with my decision to upgrade. This apex lite is quite a bit more expensive than the reefkeeper lite plus, but is comparably priced with the reefkeeper lite w net module.
Pros: PRICE! You are getting a lot for your money with the reefkeeper lite plus. pH probe is included! The SL 1 is capable of monitoring both pH and ORP. Gets the job done! I was able to successfully control everything the way I wanted to with the reefkeeper.
Cons: The reefkeeper lite can only interface with a total of 4 modules, that means you can only add one module to the reefkeeper lite plus package, whether it be an additional energy bar, a salinity module, lunar lighting module, whatever. Speeking of modules, the internet module is not included in this package and must be purchased separately. The reefkeeper is only Windows compatible. It is not compatible with Mac OS. The controller is somewhat cumbersome to operate/program with the 5 button interface. I highly reccomend plugging it in to your Windows machine using the included interface in order to program/change settings.
What I reccomend: If you are on a budget, the reefkeeper lite plus SHOULD be able to get the job done and I would prefer this unit over the apex jr. Otherwise, if network access is a must, or if you are debating between the apex and the reefkeeper elite, I think the apex is the way to go.
Great value By Dennis on 7/6/13
Dennis would recommend this product to a friend
I have several of these units controlling tanks ranging in size from 75 gallons through 300 gallons. I have been very happy with its performance. Controls lights, dosing, heater and back up safety on chiller. In my opinion, no need to buy more expensive units.
Good and easy to use controller By Clint on 6/24/13
Clint would recommend this product to a friend
I've had the RKL plus controller for about a year now. So far I've been very happy with it. In my opinion its a great introductory into controllers. I didn't want an overly confusing system and after much research, the RKL won me over due to its ease of programming. Currently I use mine to monitor pH and temp as well as run my equipment. The ability to set up your heater as a controller is fantastic. No more worries of a heater failure frying your livestock!!!!!
nice controller and good cost By Paul on 5/31/13
Paul would recommend this product to a friend
Easy to program and set up. This is my first experience using a controller and found this to be simple and just right for my needs at this time. I would have given it 5 stars but DA does not have their myReef 2.0 program for Mac yet. Would have been even easier to set up if I could have programed using their software vs the interface and remember what each piece of equipment was connected to.
A Lot More Than An Expensive Timer By AC on 5/15/13
AC would recommend this product to a friend
I have this unite set up to control just about every function on my tank.
1: Controls my Lights
2: Controls my Chiller.
3: Controls my Heater.
4: Controls my 2 part Dosing Pumps.
5: Controls my ATO using the float sensor.
6: Controls a fan to help with temp.
7: Turns off my light if the tank gets to hot and the chiller can’t cool it down.
8: Turns off all my equipment when doing a water change ( Nice not having to unplug stuff )
It was a pain to set up because I had to do a firmware upgrade to get it to work but I was able to use my laptop to set everything up. The instructions on how to do the upgrade are not very good.