Great system-challenging set up By Daniel on 8/11/2012
Daniel would recommend this product to a friend
Over all this is a great system. It reduces "chore time" with your tank and allows you to have more fun time. The system is very versatile as you can build on over time.
That being said it is a pain to set up. My biggest compliant is that you have to do a firmware upgrade immediately. This upgrade is challenging. DA provides very good responses via the DA forum however it is nearly impossible to get a hold of a person via their customer service line.
Once it is set up it is a awesome system.
Great tool By Manny on 6/6/2012
Manny would recommend this product to a friend
This is my first controller and I'm glad I bought it. However, since I didn't know what I was doing this was a tough thing to set up. Thanks to BRS TV for getting me started. The video was a lifesaver. The timers work great. I'm still trying to figure out the ATO function.
Get one, you won't regret it.
Nice, but hard to set up By mdvgator on 6/4/2012
mdvgator would recommend this product to a friend
I love the unit, but not knowing anything about controllers, I was lucky that BRS TV had an episode about this.
This unit has so many modules that you could upgrade and upgrade and not fill out the capacity if you tried. For something as complicated as a controller can be, the instruction manual was not adequate. I would set it up using the computer rather than the small display as it is much easier.
I would recommend it, just be ready to spend a few hours in setup if you're a controller novice like I was.
Saved my life. Well, my fish By Ben on 5/27/2012
Ben would recommend this product to a friend
Long story short, the pH and temp controllers saved my tank. This has saved me countless hours of maintenance, routine things. If you don't have one yet, get it, cause you'll wish you had it when you first set up your tank.
Great tool, Poor instructions By Gerald on 5/23/2012
Gerald would recommend this product to a friend
This was initially a bit tricky to setup as it had no directions/manual included. Online worked but there were several versions of the manual around making it tricky. Their forums are great and their people are quick to respond. I have it up and working and I really like it. It would be nice if I could create custom names for the channels like I hear can be done with the Apex.
A must need By Adam on 4/23/2012
Adam would recommend this product to a friend
Easy to use if you have a computer. But it is a must have keeps your tank in check from turning on heaters to fans!!
Best Investment Ever!! By Ben on 4/7/2012
Ben would recommend this product to a friend
This has made keeping up with my fish tank a breeze! I keep tabs on all my equipment, make sure my equipment is off when I'm doing maintenance, and that all my parameters are ideal. It's super easy to set up, super easy to work with. I wouldn't recommend anything less than the Elite for the price bump.
Decent controller, but can be frustrating By Ray on 3/9/2012
Ray wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I have an RKE for my 120G and an RKL for my 34G. The controllers are quite good and DA has a nice line of modules etc. I have, however, found some of the programming and setup to be a little frustrating (I have been a microcontroller programmer, so I am pretty good with this type of stuff). I did have a couple of RMAed modules, but support was very good both through email and the phone. If the email responses were a little quicker I would say support was great. I have been told by others that these lack some of the more complex if-then-else logic of the other controllers, but for most setups they seem to have ways to do what you want to do, so for the not super technical people, I think DA is a very good option. I do think their QA needs work especially all of the problems they had around the salinty probe (although my understanding is that these have been resolved).
Awesome Product By AG on 1/9/2012
AG would recommend this product to a friend
This product could really save your tank. In years past, I lost a tank due to heater failure in the on position. So did my father-in-law. This system will prevent that and many, many other problems.
The software package - MyReef 2.0 - is very cool.
The set up may be a little tricky. I had to reload the firmware in all the equipment before mine would work.
Overall, I am in love with this thing.
Peace of mind and ease of maintenance. By Sam on 11/17/2011
Sam would recommend this product to a friend
I recently purchased a RKE and overall I am very happy with it. It can be set up to do a myriad of things such as auto top off, dosing pumps, wavemakers, light control, any kind of timer, heater controller, etc. Its potential really is limitless. I feel like the price is a bit high but not deal-breaking.
This product will help protect your tank from any number of potential crash-causing disasters such as overheating. You can also use it to run fans over your tank/sump when your temperature gets too high to help with evaporative cooling.
My main gripe is that this product comes with NO instructions whatsoever. If you are handy with electronics you can most likely navigate its setup on your own. The manual is available online, however some parts of it are dated and actually incorrect, such as instructions for entering manual mode on the power strips.
I feel like the product is good quality. The PC4s feel like bricks in your hands. Nothing about the product feels cheesy or poorly made.
Happy with my purchase overall.
Great machine, poor directions By Ryan on 11/11/2011
Ryan would recommend this product to a friend
Recieved the product with no instructions, sorry but your suppose to just know to go online, sign up on the forum and download the latest updates and get the manual and such. I like hte machine but the package should have come at least with info on where to go to get help, doesnt even have main phone contact numbers.
Life Saver By ROGERWILCO357 on 10/19/2011
ROGERWILCO357 would recommend this product to a friend
This item has helped save my entire tank inhabitants by keeping the temp correct. See all of those heaters you plug in with there temp controllers eventually fail. well with this unit hooked up it knew the tank was exceeding the temp settings and shut the heater off saving my fish and corals other wise it would have kept getting hotter and hotter eventually killing everything like in my son's tank he lost all his coral and fish.
so yeah it is a life saver.