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Apex Controller System - Neptune Systems

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Less Hassle, More Success

More than the color has changed. Neptune has listened to what you want, adding more standard features to the already reliable, and dependable Apex Controller.

Built in WiFi, Salinity, Temperature, pH, monitoring. Set reminders, log testing and dosing information and much more

Included WiFi lets you now connect to the internet even easier. With the Fusion Cloud interface everything is easier from calibrating probes, to customizing outlets. Fusion gives you the ability to monitor and control you Apex from anywhere in the world.

The Energy Bars have been completely redesigned, with more robust outlets, individual LEDs show the status of each outlet, per outlet power consumption, and 1Link Accessories like the DOS and WAV pump can now connect directly to the Energy Bar 832 saving room, and eliminating messy cords keeping your tanks equipment looking perfect.

Monitor and Control

  • Temperature

  • Salinity

  • pH

  • Outlets

  • 24VDC accessories

  • WAV pumps

  • Individual outlet power consumption


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Product Questions

Does it come with any type of probe holders?
Question by: Justin Banyai on Jun 1, 2016 8:59:00 PM
Great question
This will not include the probe holders which are available separately.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 2, 2016 11:21:00 AM
Does it come with a probe holder?
Question by: Eric on Jun 2, 2016 11:10:00 AM
Great question!
This will not include a probe holder. However the are available separately.

Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 2, 2016 11:14:00 AM
will the tunze pumps that say apex ready just plug in, or do you still need their power supply as well?
Question by: robert teseo on Mar 27, 2017 3:04:00 PM
Hey there,
You won't need a separate power supply to control the Tunze pumps through your Apex, but you will need the control cable found here https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/2-channel-aquasurf-apex-to-stream-cable.html which will plug into the Apex base module.

Have a great day!
Answer by: Zack (Admin) on Apr 4, 2017 11:19:00 AM
Will this come with a new digital display module?
Question by: Ryan Janeway on Jul 14, 2016 3:10:00 PM
Hi Ryan,
The Apex Controller does not include any display module. You can upgrade your system to one if you wish to do so, however with the super low prices of some tablets on the market you may want to look into picking one of them up and dedicating it to your aquarium controller. That way you can do programming, monitor, and control everything a bit easier.
Answer by: Charlie (Admin) on Jul 15, 2016 7:16:00 AM
When do you anticipate the Energy Bar 832's being available for purchase separately like the regular EB8 is currently?
Question by: Pete on Jun 3, 2016 10:50:00 AM
Great question!
They will release within the next month the additional EB832 energy bars for individual sale. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 8, 2016 4:44:00 PM
Does it have a new head unit?
Question by: merritt on May 24, 2016 7:07:00 AM
This will have a newly designed head unit which can be mounted and rotates for easy access.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 25, 2016 5:31:00 PM
Can I use my Energy Bar 8 if upgrade?
Question by: Neptune user on May 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM
Great question! The new Apex will be compatible with the old energy bar 8.
Answer by: Carter (Admin) on May 26, 2016 11:28:00 AM
Hey BRS just wondering what the item is in the last 3 pictures?
Question by: Leo on May 24, 2016 8:07:00 AM
Hey Leo!
That item you are seeing is the newly designed Apex Head Unit.

Answer by: Randy (Admin) on May 25, 2016 4:16:00 PM
Does the New Apex System come with a control head with external display?
Question by: Jeffrey Sauter on May 24, 2016 8:12:00 AM
Great question! The new Apex will not include the aqua controller head unit like the old systems had, but it is wi-fi compatible with MacOS, and Windows devices. Neptune will have an aqua controller available for purchase separately for the new system as well.
Answer by: Carter (Admin) on May 26, 2016 11:30:00 AM
Do you have a price yet on the new EB832
Question by: Daniel on Jul 3, 2016 3:21:00 PM
Yup! It's priced at $249.95. You can find more info here: https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/energybar-832-neptune-systems.html
Answer by: Valerie (Admin) on Jul 5, 2016 4:36:00 PM
Can I use this controller for two tank on separate room?
Question by: Thuan on Jun 6, 2016 10:41:00 AM
Great question!
While it can be done you would need to find cables separately to reach the distance.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 9, 2016 5:05:00 PM
Does this come with ORP, salinity, ph, temp probe?
Question by: Eric Neuberger on May 24, 2016 6:17:00 PM
Correct, this will come with all 4 probes.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 25, 2016 4:34:00 PM
Is the Energy Bar 832 a surge suppressor or do I need to plug it into one to protect the Apex controller and the equipment plugged into it?
Question by: Harold Chittum on Jul 5, 2016 8:57:00 AM
The Apex has some protection built in, but to be safe it never hurts to plug it into a good quality surge protector or UPS.
Answer by: Valerie W (Admin) on Jul 5, 2016 11:43:00 AM
What material is the housing made of?
Question by: Fernando on May 28, 2016 1:05:00 AM
Great question! The housing for the Apex Head Unit, EB832, and the Modules are plastic.
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jun 2, 2016 5:23:00 PM
Can this unit monitor ammonia?
Question by: William Beckstein on Jun 9, 2016 1:58:00 AM
Hey there,
The Apex controller does not offer reading for ammonia. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 9, 2016 5:36:00 PM
Can you add 2 of the Energy Bars (EB832) to 1 system?
Question by: Matthew McDonald on Mar 7, 2017 1:02:00 PM
Hey there,
The Apex system is capable of running many different modules, including multiple power bars on the same system. These will all link together via the included AquaBus cables.

Have a great day!
Answer by: Zack (Admin) on Mar 11, 2017 7:08:00 PM
The new EB832 is huge! What are it's dimensions?
Question by: Dzer on Jun 9, 2016 7:42:00 PM
The New EB832 will be 9.6" long 6.25" wide and 2" thick.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 14, 2016 10:34:00 AM
Will Apex control the Kessil 700 light fixture? If not, will this capability be available in the future?
Question by: Richard Butler on Jun 2, 2017 7:29:00 PM
The AP700 actually has its own built-in wireless control through the Kessil iOS software, with Android app control coming in the near future. We're not aware of any plans to make this Apex compatible, though of course future changes are always a possibility.

Happy reefing!
Answer by: Zack (Admin) on Jun 8, 2017 4:53:00 PM
Since the new model has WiFi capability, does we still need the WXM to control EcoTech VorTechs and Radions?
Question by: Lonny Kruger on Jun 10, 2016 1:45:00 PM
Hey there,
You will still need the WXM module in order to connect to Ecotech Devices. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 14, 2016 3:13:00 PM
Does the unit come with solutions to calibrate the probes?
Question by: Israel on Jun 24, 2016 11:37:00 AM
Great question!
These will come with the initial calibration packets for the pH probe. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 24, 2016 12:17:00 PM
What material is used to make the silver on the unit is it aluminum ? Just my guess.
Question by: Tony on May 31, 2016 10:55:00 AM
Hey Tony!

Great question! The housing for the Apex Head Unit and the EB832 are made of plastic.
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on May 31, 2016 11:11:00 AM
Does this new Apex controller allow for and or is capable of connecting a monitor display like the original models I like to walk by and view my parameter and not have to always go to my phone or computer to know something
Question by: Derek Cashaw on Jul 11, 2016 1:49:00 AM
Hi Derek,
The Apex Controller can have a display module added to it at any point. We do carry them and they simply just plug into any open Aquabus port.
Answer by: Charlie (Admin) on Jul 11, 2016 11:05:00 AM

Full Details

Why does BRS recommend this?

Neptune has put together a package that included the salinity, temp, pH and ORP probes, along with WiFi connectivity all in a single package. The Apex Controller is by far one of the most advance dedicated aquarium controllers on the market today. The wide variety of controllability with the Apex Controller System and its easy to use cloud interface makes it a perfect option for a fully automated reef tank. The Apex Controller has two different methods of control, through Fusion, the cloud based software, and through the dashboard. The dashboard lets you always have access to your Apex in any type of event, power outage, or if the internet is down though a local area network (LAN) unlike many other cloud based controllers. The Energy Bar 832 can also tell you how much power each individual outlet is consuming letting you set alarms, send emails, or even have IOS notifications let you know before things go wrong.


What’s Included?

1x  Apex Control Head Unit
1x Energy Bar 832
1x 6 ft Aquabus Cable
1x Lab Grade Salinity Probe
1x Lab Grade Double Junction pH Probe
1x Lab Grade Double Junction ORP Probe
1x Temperature Probe
Salinity and pH calibration solutions


Apex Control System

The new Apex's Head Unit now includes the ability to have salinity monitoring, pH, ORP, and Temperature monitoring right out of the box. The completely new design also incorporates a sleek, rotating mounting system letting you securely mount the brains of the Apex system while having easy access to probe cords, and aquabus connections.


Built in reliable WiFi

Now with built in WiFi, connecting your Apex system has never been easier. With the totally free Fusion cloud based software, getting connected, and controlling can be done within minutes. You can now do firmware updates through WiFi on your local network


Energy Bar 832

The most comprehensive aquarium controlling and monitoring system to date is finally here. The Energy Bar 832 now has eight individual, 7 amp relayed outlets letting you use any outlet for any device. Each individual outlet can also monitor and detect power usage in amps or watts, letting you set alarms and send emails when pumps have clogged or failed, lights are not turning on, heaters leaking current, letting you be notified of the issue before it becomes a problem. With electricity costing more and more money per Kilowatt hour having the ability to monitor each pump, heater, and light lets you now make better decisions on the overall value of your equipment.

Each Energy Bar 832 also has two 24VDC accessory ports that can power small pumps, solenoids, fans and more, while the built in 100W DC power supply lets you control up to 3 1Link accessories like the WAV circulation pumps, and DOS fluid metering system without the need of any additional power supplies or consuming additional outlets. The EB832 also has 3 AquaHub connections letting you expand to any existing or upcoming module making your Apex System truly limitless.

Neptune didn't stop there, with an all new mounting system on the Energy Bar orients the power strip in the correct direction keeping cords neat and tidy. While the outlets have a bit wider spacing, and orientated opposite of each other keeping room for those bulky transformers, allowing you to plug in almost anything you want, where you want.


New Lab Grade, Double Junction Probes with Built in Salinity Monitoring

Double junction pH, and ORP probes lets your readings stay more stable without the need to calibrate as often. With the Apex System calibrating your probes through your dashboard is easier than ever before. The dashboard will automatically recognize when your readings have stabilized and letting you know when to move to the next step, no more guess work and reading RAW data.


Apex Fusion

Fusion is a cloud based site that lets you access your apex from anywhere in the world. Letting you customize outlets, set reminders, log testing parameters, while monitoring and controlling any aspect of your aquarium through your phone, tablet, or desktop.


Apex Fusion has released an IOS app that now integrates directly to your Apex Controller System. Having the app now lets your Apple desktop, Ipad, or phone receive notifications directly from your Apex Controller. No more need for emails or text messages.

(Android app coming soon)


Backwards Compatible

If you have any old modules, head units, energy bars, or other Apex accessories they will work flawlessly with the new Apex Controller.



Head Unit - 4.75" L x 5.25" H x 3.25" W

Energy Bar 832 - 10" L x 6.5" H x 2.25" W


Note: Apex Display Module, Smart Phone, and Tablet not included.



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  • Excellent addition to my reef By Jesse on 9/6/2017

    After reading all the negative reviews, I was seriously worried about making this costly investment. However, I am so glad I did! Contrary to all these negative reviews, I have now had the apex running for over a month and it has not disconnected from the internet at all. I have a feeling that some of the negative reviews are coming from competitors or their users. I would not hesitate to buy another Apex system at this point. The fail safes and ability to monitor my reef from anywhere is absolutely priceless! Keeping the temp probe from continually rising has proven to be a little bit of a pain, but that is my only complaint.
  • Very great product By Bakerrichard27 on 9/1/2017

    Not sure all the bad reviews this thing works flawlessly if you just read directions you will be up and running in 20 minutes and remember if your home router has two bands you have to connect apex and device you are using for setup on the same band or wifi will give you a weird error msg
  • Thing wont even work By Michael on 9/1/2017

    I was so unbelievable excited to get this. I have been setting up a new 120g system with a 40g sump. Every SINGLE thing i have bought had to be compatible with this. I designed the entire system around this. Get everything else it all works finally save up to buy this and it doesn't work. I was counting down the hours until this got here. Then it was delivered but i had to go work a 12 hour shift because someone else was sick! No worries ill set it up when i get home. NOPE! I have tried with 4 different computers and several different browsers to get it to work to no avail. SO now i get to submit a support ticket and wait 12 -24 hours to maybe find out whats wrong. DO a little digging on their forums and this is a semi common problem. SO if your time is valuable and you can only do things at certain times like you work a 9-5 job.. (when their call center is open) dont buy this and expect it to work. You'll have to send some emails back and forth and maybe take a sick day just to get your 1000$ computer to maybe work. Thats a real joke if you ask me!
  • BUY IT NOW By cmckinney0171 on 8/19/2017

    Absolutely without a doubt the best purchase I have ever made for my reef. Apex works flawlessly. The Fusion app is now my favorite thing. I am hooked. I just wish I had purchased it sooner. If you are considering buying one of these just do it. You will love it.

    I just bought an Apex jr for my nano reef tank and can't wait to get it setup as well. Thanks a lot BRS!!
  • Waste of money and time By Brian on 8/17/2017

    Energy bar has never worked. At all. Disconnects (I ended up hard wiring it) and it still has HUGE problems. Nothing worse than being on vacation and losing everything. Very dissapointing please don't buy. Hope BRS or apex contacts me for a refund and I'll gladly pay to ship it away.
  • Nice when it works By Mike on 8/10/2017

    I have had this unit installed for 6 months. This is my first reef tank so a big selling point for me was the notifications Apex can send. The problem is I can get up to 7 or 8 "Apex disconnected from Fusion" notices a day. I have my system hardwired to alleviate any wireless connection problems and it still drops off numerous time a day. Sometimes a rest of the unit works and sometimes it doesn't. I had a issue this week where the system dropped offline and entered into some half on half off state. Some of the programmed outlets went into their fallback state, but some didn't. The controller lost communication with my Vortech power heads. Luckily both of them fell into power loss mode and kept running. Top off pump started to run and didn't shut off enough the leak detection was tripped and float tripped. It might be a good system once they get the bugs worked out, but I wish I would have bought a different controller.
  • RUN don't walk!!! HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE By William on 6/26/2017

    BRS should be ashamed for promoting this equipment. They must get something for it is my guess. At the very least they have someone they can call for setup help... The average person will NOT. This is an extremely expensive piece of equipment and is meant to make reefing easier, instead it couldn't make it more stressful. Have a problem... Good luck trying to talk to someone! Make an appointment and you MIGHT be able to reach someone in 2 or 3 days!.. Don't have anything to do in life.. Good.. then you can email and wait around for hours for a response and MAYBE get an answer... only after they first have you download a useless computer sharing app. The pre-programed channels do not work and the apps that supposedly interact with the system don't work. They direct you back to a local network. Oh yes, and if you email with more than one question.. Only one question will be answered at a time.
    I had the Digital Aquatics Reef Keeper in the past but I got out of the hobby for a bit. It worked well but really had to be protected from ANY splashing. However, customer support was great and you actually talked to someone.... and I did require talking to someone for initial set up but not really after that. I think I may have had a very specific question after that. I REALLY regret not going back with them.. but unfortunately I put my faith in BRS which won't happen again.
    This system sucks.. and their support is even worse! .. don't get it!
  • Not Worth It By Abram on 6/22/2017

    I had high hopes for this system because I travel a lot for work so I need something reliable. I have a 120g SPS-dominated system--I don't need to tell you guys how expensive this hobby can get. Well, I guess I should choose the best name in aquarium controller, Apex, right?!

    Wrong. I pre-ordered this controller about a year ago here from BRS. Since then, the head controller-unit had to be replaced twice. Twice. The final draw for me this time was the EB832 shutting off on me. After weeks of back-and-forth with tech support, I sent it back to them for service and it still wasn't fixed. Just kept shutting off on me. I just finally gave up. My mechanical timers and Amazon-bought temperature controller is more reliable than this set-up.

    In summary, in a one-year span, this thing failed on me 3 times and they couldn't resolve the problem the third time. FYI the help-desk ticket consisted of 32 back-and-forth emails before I finally pulled the plug on it and gave up. Their final email to me was basically sorry for your frustration and they were quick to close the help-desk ticket.

    Add me to the list of aquarists who will never trust the essential functions of their reef on a controller. It might be ok with small non-essential tasks, but never again will I trust one central piece of equipment to run my tank. It would have been nice though... don't get me wrong.

    18 years in the reef-keeping hobby and I am still learning...

    Good luck everyone

  • Worst customer support ever. By Jeff on 6/15/2017

    I will start by saying that when I first hooked this up... It worked perfectly. I followed the installation video and was on fusion in no time. I was able to use my Samsung phone to do and see everything on the fusion cloud. I don't own a computer, so this was very convenient for me.

    Then came my problems... The base unit got splashed with saltwater. The unit basically shut down. I emailed Neptune and they told me to send it back to them for repairs. After about 10 days they emailed me back and said it's repaired, please remit payment of $225. Water damage is not covered in their warrantee. Shocking.
    So I go to the payment link provided by them and it leads me to what looks like a product payment section of Neptune website. It asks you to enter your repair amount by clicking a drop down menu and selecting the repair amount. Guess What? There was no option to select $225. $185 is as high as it goes. So I enter the largest option available to me (185) and enter my payment info and hit send. Not more than minutes later do I get an a terse email from Neptune saying I didn't pay the correct amount and I need to remit the full amount or else. I email them back that I would be glad to pay the full amount if that were an option for me on their payment page. Duh. They tell me to "buy" two repairs that add up to $225. So I do. I'll say right here that this is an absolutely inane way of setting up payment. Why not let the customer type in the repair amount and send???
    Neptune sends my unit back to me and I re install the base unit in a spot where no saltwater can possibly touch it (the water damage was on me, my fault). But now when I start the hook up procedures to the fusion cloud, my unit WILL NOT CONNECT TO FUSION. I'm now in the infuriating process of using Neptunes version of customer service which they insist on. You basically have to email them with your problem and wait for a response from a technician who assigned your problem a "repair ticket #". They give you standard suggestions in hopes that it will work for you. If you don't respond in a timely manner (I work 12 hours a day) they assume your problem is fixed and close your repair ticket.
    As of this writing my unit still will not connect to fusion as it first did on my smartphone and Neptune has closed my repair ticket because they say the problem was fixed.
    I currently have what amounts to a $1000 power strip. Needless to say I'm am at the end of my patients and at my wits end with this company. Customer service is at the very bottom of their priority list. Buyer Beware!
  • Yes, one star By Michael on 6/8/2017

    It's unfortunate there isn't really any competitors out there. I bought this setup in February and spent months with issues and trouble shooting. The support staff is extremely hard to get ahold of and an appointment can take up words of two weeks. It turns out my energy bar was bad the whole time. If you don't count the hours I put into troubleshooting and the frustration NBD right? It's under warranty.

    Neptune makes you pay for the return costs (around $20) and fill out several pages of paperwork. Why do I have to pay to send back their faulty item that has caused me so many headaches? This company has terrible customer service and could care less about your business.
  • Not worth it By Blake on 4/30/2017

    Anyone will tell this thing ain't cheap. And I was sold by the other reviews and apex videos (brs and neptunes) however, the system is NOT easy to set up, I imagine if everything worked it may be. My probes are so off (except the temp) that they are essentially useless. I neither get accurate nor consistent readings. I get that it may be user error, but I'm pretty savvy and I've calibrated and rest a half dozen times.
  • Apex By MSG4869 on 3/24/2017

    This is my first controller I still have many thing I will do with it can't wait. I travel for work and I can call into my home and adjust and look. I will put a camera on it soon