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.
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 10/11/12
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.
Amazing By Tyler on 10/3/12
Tyler would recommend this product to a friend
I love my RKL. It controls everything from my lights to my heaters to my dosing pumps. It tops off my water and keeps my tank perfect. There is no comparison, this is the best product on the market to control your aquarium.
No tank should go without. By Tyson on 9/23/12
Tyson would recommend this product to a friend
I have the Lite Plus unit on my tank and have used the 4th module for a 3rd PC4. I love this unit but I am already planning to upgrade to the Elite unit mainly because I fint that I need more PC4 units and also I want the NET and LS2 with Salinity and second PH probe.
Awesome By Reuben on 9/21/12
Reuben would recommend this product to a friend
This product is great and can do more stuff than I know how to do. The only downfall that is has are the directions. Trying to figure it out was really hard. Thankfully I used the videos on this website to help me along.
Best purchase I ever made By George on 9/21/12
George would recommend this product to a friend
Will save you a lot of time and way more stable parameters. An investment but a good one and WELL worth it
Great product! Save's me a lot of time By georgerhjr on 9/21/12
georgerhjr would recommend this product to a friend
This has saved me an hour and a half every night testing and dosing. Great product. All I have to do is feed the fish now once the unit was dialed in. Thank You!
A must have By steve on 9/9/12
steve would recommend this product to a friend
Should of brought this a long time ago. Easy to setup and use. Highly recommend this product to anyone thinking of getting one. Thanks BRS
Good control but hard to set up By Shane on 9/8/12
Shane would recommend this product to a friend
Hard to set up with the minimal instructions but good unit use it for kalk temp and lights
product good, product support from DA meh!!! By Kenneth on 8/31/12
Kenneth wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
The product is very good once you figure out how to setup. You are only given a one page fold-out as instructions and are expected to browse the forum for help. I guess I expect thorugh instructions after spending nearly $300.
Not very happy By Brandon on 8/24/12
Brandon wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Got this unit early this week had everything hooked up working fine, until i tried to hook it up to myreef2.0 thats when everything went down hill its just been problem after problem first the modules were all reading that they were a different module when i fixed that then the pc4s started acting up and not even turning on and now i have the headunit, sl1 and just one of the pc4s working the other pc4 will not even turn on when it plugged in or even detectable in myreef and to go along with that when i connect the modules that do work all together unplugged from the wall into the usb myreef only detects the RKL nothing else and doesnt even show the serial number. I am hoping either BRS or DA will RMA this unit and give me a new one because ive just had problems with this one after following everything DA has told me to do and what all the forums say.
Not worth the aggravation By Runzwithscissors on 8/14/12
Runzwithscissors wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This product comes with ZERO set up instructions. Nothing step by step, nothing user friendly. Haven't had it installed long enough to rate the product as we are still trying to figure it out. The BRS video only covers a small portion of what this unit could be capable of doing. They have a "forum" which may be helpful if your tank is in the same room. BRS should step up and support their customers and decline to market this product until Digital Aquatics can see fit to offer a printable version of instructions.
Control everything, and added security for your tank By Jeremy on 8/14/12
Jeremy would recommend this product to a friend
Yeah its a pain to get it setup, but the control and saftey of this controller is well worth it. You don't have to worry about flooding your tank, cooking your fish is the heater fails, ect. And then the control u get, control your lights, use it as a wave maker, a top-off controller, reads ph, i mean with all this thing does it saves me money vs buying all of the indiviual pieces to do what it does, a lot of money.
great purchase By chris on 8/5/12
chris would recommend this product to a friend
First look at the price was steep but after I returned the timers and power strips almost paid for itself right there. Makes me feel better about having a aquarium in a apt knowing it is being monitored
Reefkeeper lite plus By moises on 6/11/12
moises would recommend this product to a friend
I cant believe i didnt buy this in the first place. I spent a lot of time researching it. Like everyone else said, Instructions are horrible. I pretty much already knew that, so what i did is learned as much info as possible, and asked my friend "you tube" for help. Yeah still took about a day to get it going, but i love this system. I control everything, with it. Lights, skimmer, pumps, overflow switch, ato. Love it.
Lifesaver! By Robert on 5/31/12
Robert would recommend this product to a friend
I couldn't imagine ever running a tank again without this! Talk about total control over everything!! Wish I had one more power strip just for my lights. Other than that... AWESOME!