Week 43: Aquarium Controllers: Protecting your tank, wallet and space | 52 Weeks of Reefing #BRS160

May 14th, 2016
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It's Week 43 of 52 Weeks of Reefing, and this week we are starting an exciting new mini-series that is focused on controllers! Today we're starting with what they do a, brief overview of the different players, and a set of goals we have for all the equipment on the BRS160. In the following weeks we will install a variety of controllers and show you how to program them to meet these goals.

So what are the advantages of an aquarium controller, and why would anyone buy one? I think it revolves around three basic concepts; they save on space, money and clutter. Controllers take all the separate elements of the life-support system and unify them so they work together cohesively, and most importantly protect you from disasters as well as notify you they are happening. This gives you valuable time to save your tank from some pretty costly disasters.

They save on space simply because almost all of them have built in internal timers so those timers shaped like bricks that take up multiple spots are a thing of the past. In fact we remove the need for all kinds of space eating equipment like PH, ORP, Salinity monitors or controllers, wave markers, temperature controllers and the cord octopus disaster that comes with that mess.

All that clutter is not only unattractive and a pain to manage but one element that a lot of reefers miss until it’s too late is an organized install is also a safer install. We are dealing with saltwater, electricity, and cords which are more or less water freeways directly into your homes electrical outlet which have fairly obvious health and safety concerns. Remember that neatness counts!

One thing a lot of newer reefers miss is controllers are also substantially less expensive than buying all this equipment separately. A bunch pf digital timers, quality power bars, temperature controllers, OPR, salinity monitors or controllers, wave makers can easily be in excess of five hundred to a thousand dollars. With something like the reef keeper you can get all this for anywhere from just over a hundred to into the two hundreds.

Do you have a favorite controller? Is there something controllers don't offer that you would like to see implemented in future products? Let us know in the comments area down below!

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