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 5/16/13
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.
do not buy better of with nothing customer service and directions suck By james on 4/29/13
james wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I have a reef keeper lite. Have to say I am not happy with it. I is a pain in the ass to connect to a computer there customer service sucks. the system works fine with the tank front controler but i really wanted to use it with a laptop that I bought just for the fishtank room. In this day things should just be plug and play and the reef keeper makes you have to update the modules before use in a special order jump through some hoops of fire and sit on top of your protein skimmer with your left foot in a tub of rodi water while holding a steel rod during a thunder storm,which for some reason i was not able to do. i just gave up on it and use it from the main display. it also uses phone type wires vs usb wires, i would not buy there syestem again or tell any one else to..... pick another brand
GREAT BUY! By Christopher on 4/19/13
Christopher would recommend this product to a friend
Saves you a ton of money on the electric bill, and is great for ATO with a float. great buy!
Okay if you don't want to expand your system By Brandon on 4/5/13
Brandon wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This controller did what I needed it to but left me with no room to expand. I was never able to get the Thermometer to read the proper temperature and had offset the controller to compensate for the difference. It's made of plastic and feels kind of cheap, I recently just switched over to the Apex Controller and so far I like it far better than Digital Aquatics.
Must have great value By Brad on 4/2/13
Brad would recommend this product to a friend
Ok so at first I thought the RKL was a frivolous gadget for my aquarium… After upgrading my tank I can’t see not using a controller. This unit was a great value AND they have excellent support! I just wish the internet connection was standard. I don't really want to give up my last module just to gain internet access. I plan on adding a bunch of switches and spill sensors on my last module.
unit like expensive timer By leo on 3/27/13
leo wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
no manual to guide you and tech support for almost one and haft hour until they close nothing just frustrating situation day i wish that i both the apex controller instead. think many many many times before you buy this.if you have work no one able to help you because the office hour 8;30 am to 4;30 pm Monday to Friday. I went home 1 1/2 hour early just to call them but no will answer you except stupid machine.
Not real happy By Toby on 3/25/13
Toby wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I think knowing what I know now I would most likely go with the Apex. Less hassle and no expansion limits. 1st of all when item was received the directions were pi@@ poor. No mention of the Myreef software at all. Only shows how it connects up. Figuring out programming is all up to you. Google and more Google. Finally found software download link on the DA forum. Then how it connects to the software?? You guessed it..on your own again. Not to
Mention I received it on Friday but can't use it because it was missing a bus cable. Contacted BRS an they said they would send DA an email. I guess I could have done that. Ordered an extra PC4 that should be here today and was told by BRS it wouldn't most likely have a BUS cable with it either! You kidding me?? I have had alot of time to figure out programming though since I can't actually use my $300 paper weight.
Tank Changing Equipment By Ryan on 3/21/13
Ryan would recommend this product to a friend
After buy the RKL, I do not know how I operated without it for so long. The RKL is probably one of the best investments I have made for my tank. It keeps my temperature right where it needs to be without me having to do anything, the fear of electrical fires has since left, light timers, power head controls, auto top off, you name it and the RKL can control it, and I can go to bed at night with confidence that my tank will not destroy my house. It sounds funny, but its true.
Exactly what I need. By Drew on 3/7/13
Drew would recommend this product to a friend
After viewing the BRS how to start a reef tank video series I decided to make the investment at the very beginning. I love the fact that I can control the temperature, dosing pumps, top off, and lighting schedule all with the same interface. I also set up some float switches that will automatically shut off my sump if something were to block the overflow. It's hard to put a price on the peace of mind this product offers.
Great Buy By Todd on 3/5/13
Todd would recommend this product to a friend
As long as you're not looking for all the bells and whistles, this is the perfect controller.
must have By vinny on 3/1/13
vinny would recommend this product to a friend
absolute best thing ive ever bought for the tank. took about an hour to set it up and get it programmed now it running 100% of my tank
Great functionally. By Isaac on 2/28/13
Isaac would recommend this product to a friend
This product works very well but trying to figure out how to work it was an absolute pain and the instructions that came with it left me with more questions still. There is only one fold out page with rigid controller setup options and it doesn't explain all the options you aren't using.
Great Buy By Aquaman75 on 12/20/12
Aquaman75 would recommend this product to a friend
For all of you that want to enjoy your tank and not have to turn lights on or check PH all the time or control what you dose in your tank then the Reefkeeper is the controller you want. I only wish I had got the Elite so I could have more modules. The Lite only lets you have 4 the Elite lets you have 64.
Piece of Mind. A great investment. By Kristofer on 12/11/12
Kristofer would recommend this product to a friend
This setup will cover a good portion of setups that are being done by the hobbiest. Temp control, pH, configurable alarms, dimming of fixtures with the ALC module....With the myReef software on your pc, setup is a snap. It's nice to have a snapshot of your system available at your fingertips.
Buy right away!! By Edward on 11/18/12
Edward would recommend this product to a friend
If I knew how much easier and automated my reef tank could be, I would of purchased this long ago. I highly suggest buying this when setting up a new tank. It can save you so much money and give you peace of mind with the alarms. Love the built in wavemaker also.
Simple and Tidy By RudyCDX1 on 11/10/12
RudyCDX1 would recommend this product to a friend
I have been using the cable/cord mess along with timers. Never again! I called and spoke with the BRS Sales guys and they got me dialed in. Great customer service along with a great product are an unbeatable combination.
Great bang for the buck By Joseph on 11/1/12
Joseph would recommend this product to a friend
This may not be the "best" controller available, but it is easy to use, setup, performs flawlessly and is easy on the wallet.
muy buen equipo. By wilfred on 10/31/12
wilfred would recommend this product to a friend
Muy buen equipo.
Great tank controller By Joe on 10/24/12
Joe would recommend this product to a friend
Getting this setup was a little difficult. Instruction guides and help is on their website, but i knew this before i bought it from previous reviews. Once i did get it going it's great. Contols everything on my tank and it's great knowing i have everything monitored.
Wouldn't start out any other way. By nick on 10/12/12
nick would recommend this product to a friend
I got the reef keeper lite plus to start out on my first tank, and I would never try anything else. It's affordable, and does so much out of one package. Literature is pretty crappy though, so some fiddling is needed to learn all the ins and outs of the myreef 2.0 software
Perfect By Chase on 10/11/12
Chase would recommend this product to a friend
Easy installation. Feature rich. Easy to configure from both pc and display. Wouldnt have a tank without it.
A MUST HAVE FOR ANY AQUARIUM By Tim on 10/9/12
Tim would recommend this product to a friend
I always thought that these controllers were for big systems with more stuff to monitor. I was wrong. I use to spend a lot of time adjusting heaters when different seasons rolled around and trying to time cooling fans to cool the lights at the hottest part of the day. I would constantly have to check the temperature and was never at ease. Now I have everything plugged into my ReefKeeper Lite. I have the tank set at 78 degrees and it stays there all day and all night long. If it gets too hot the cooling fan comes on and if it gets even hotter the lights will turn off for a little while. At night it cools down and the heaters come on. I also have powerheads and refugium lights plugged into it. I recommend getting the Lite Plus package because it comes with the extra strip of plugs. Four plugs just isn't enough and you'll end up getting more.
Keep in mind that this comes with almost no instructions on how to set up. After two hours of pulling out my hair I just called digital aquatics and they walked me through it making it extremely easy. Just call them when you open it because it'll save you time and frustration!
The value controller By Matt on 10/8/12
Matt would recommend this product to a friend
I purchased this controller to control lights, ATO, an automatic water change system I DIY'd, Ph for my Kalk ATO water and to control temp with a fan/heater.
The SID that came with the unit didn't work, but Digital Aquatics sent a replacement. The Reefkeeper Lite will provide you with basic functionality, and I added the MLC unit to control LED moonlights, too.That's all four modules allotted with the Lite, so I cant add anything else to control, but if you're looking for basic functionality, this controller is the best value.
Some of the components feel flimsy, especially the connections, but everything works. There is a bit of a learning curve, and the MyReef 2.0 software is so-so. Updating firmware is a chore. For the money though, I got my buck's worth.