- Apex Controller System - Neptune Systems
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 advanced 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 through 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.
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 your 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
- 24VDC accessories
- WAV pumps
- Individual outlet power consumption
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 for 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 guesswork and reading RAW data.
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 with 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)
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.
Worst purchase I have made in years By Robert on 10/11/2019Robert wouldn't recommend this product to a friendHave to go with Nick and Richard (other reviews), don't waste your money. No instructions, web site states that it is so easy to install instructions are not needed. BULL. Plugged in for first time and NOTHING occurred as it should. After two weeks of trial (and watching a bazillion "reefer" videos on how wonderful and simple there product is) it simply will not work. Wished I had read more one star reviews before purchase. An $800 dollar lesson learned the hard way.
Poor build quality, customer service, and warranty policies. This is not a long-term product you should consider for your reef. By d on 10/1/2019d wouldn't recommend this product to a friendFor the price you pay for something like this, you'd expect it to have better reliability. pH will not stay calibrated, modules will suddenly stop working, the salinity probe is useless, and this thing WILL NOT stay connected to the internet. Having power-bars reset (and dumping entire contents of ATO into the system) is just a small, but potentially devastating, example of issues that can (and likely will) arise. This is all within 6 months of use. DO NOT TRUST this for essential monitoring and dosing.
And you WILL be forced to jump through hoops when issues arise. Neptune does not take responsibly for issues with their products. I've even had support accidentally mess something up with the software, and expect me to pay for shipping and repair to resolve it.
The unfortunate reality is, you will spend more time worrying about a Neptune product than you should. And with potentially 1000s of $$$ of living animals you are trying to care for, you should not have to spend this kind of $$$ only to be putting those animals at risk.
Scour the internet for reviews from people who have actually used multiple brands of controllers. You'll see quite quickly that Neptune is not high on those lists. Look into GHL for reliability or any number of other products you can feel safe using long-term.
Don't waste your money on this kit By Nick on 8/18/2019Nick wouldn't recommend this product to a friendBuy the base model for the power strip only. These probes are trash. Salinity doesn't work after 3 calibration attemps. Temp probe is busted out of the box. Reading 80 degrees when its really 74 in the tank. Tested it today after I saw all my corals retracted... Good thing I checked the temp, this apex almost crashed my system! Very disappointed in this product for the price.
Horrible product By Richard on 7/6/2019Richard wouldn't recommend this product to a friendIt’s great when it works but when it fails you’re screwed. My Apex stop working Friday night which means my Neptune Wave pumps and core 15 aren’t working which equals zero flow in my tank. I’ll have to wait till Monday afternoon for an email response from customer support Which won’t be any help and then I’ll have to wait in another 2 to 3 hours for another email from him with more information that won’t help. So all in all if I don’t just go out and buy all new equipment and get rid of my Apex everything my tank Will be dead. I have had it for nine months and this is the second time it has cost me. Neptune systems customer support is very slow to respond and has yet have the ability to help.
Not worth the money By Mark on 5/8/2019Mark wouldn't recommend this product to a friendSet up is not to user friendly bought for trident and have been waiting over a year waste of money imo
Prob Calibration By Chris on 5/4/2019Chris wouldn't recommend this product to a friendLike others I have been having problems calibrating the PH & Salinity probes the Heart of the System. Spent a bunch of money on Calibration fluids and still not correct and the ORP Prob just keeps rising slowly now over 750 and I know it's not right. Sold a Cutomer a Full Blown APEX System and that was a lot of $$$$$ and he isn't happy and I'm Not happy
Ph probe fail after 6 months By THANH on 4/15/2019THANH wouldn't recommend this product to a friendOpen support ticket ph probe fail after 6 months they only warranty the apex 1 year not the probe. Probe are 90 days only, Horrible service I would not recommend it.
Dissapointed By Grimm reefer on 1/20/2019Grimm reefer wouldn't recommend this product to a friendGreat for what it is but lack of a manual or any online tutorials make using very frustrating. Good luck if something goes wrong. This will lead to searching thru forums, hoping that you can find one related to what you are searching.
fusion is poorly arranged and confusing.finding any info on how to use fusion is nearly impossible. Apex assumes that it so easy no instructions are needed
Support has been good but slow to respond.
For the price I would expect better.
RMA after 6 days By chris on 1/7/2019chris wouldn't recommend this product to a friendSetup and fully functional on day 1. On day 2, 3, 4 base unit drops from wifi and loses connectivity to fusion (of course while away). Day 6 wifi drops again and I come home to find a flashing energy bar and base unit with no reboots helping. I now need to send the base unit in. Not pleased with the quality right now.
Salinity Probe Will Not Calibrate By John on 12/18/2018John wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI've been trying for 2 weeks to get the salinity probe to calibrate. BRS immediately referred me to Neptune, who have been little help. All they do is keep sending me complicated calibration instructions which do not work. Every time I write back saying it didn't work they send me different instructions. They say eventually they will send me a new probe if it wont callibrate, but I'm starting to doubt it. I think their strategy is to stall for 6 weeks (the length of the warranty on the probes), or hope I'll go away. The power strip is nice, but so far the salinity probe is useless. The other probes seem to be working, but I'm starting to wonder if they really are either. Giving it two stars for the power strip, but I'd say zero on the probes. I'm feeling I wasted $800 here, wish I had a redo.
Probes are junk By Michael on 12/9/2018Michael wouldn't recommend this product to a friendProbes are so far off. Apex support will send you ways to calibrate them, but same results. Then they stop answering all together. Don't waste your money and time. Way to much time.
Unreliable probes By Geren on 11/26/2018Geren wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI like the power strip, but the probes are unreliable. The pH and Salinity probes are inconsistent, and not even close to accurate. Have tried recalibration but probes continue to be inaccurate. Readings jump around constantly each day, and aren't even close to the right values. APEX support was far less than helpful. They didn't care and wouldn't do anything to help. Waste of money.
Does it come with any type of probe holders?
This will not include the probe holders which are available separately.
Does it come with a probe holder?
This will not include a probe holder. However the are available separately.
Will the tunze pumps that say apex ready just plug in, or do you still need their power supply as well?
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.
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Will this come with a new digital display module?
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.
When do you anticipate the Energy Bar 832's being available for purchase separately like the regular EB8 is currently?
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!
Does it have a new head unit?
Can I use my Energy Bar 8 if upgrade?
Hey BRS just wondering what the item is in the last 3 pictures?
That item you are seeing is the newly designed Apex Head Unit.
Does the New Apex System come with a control head with external display?
Do you have a price yet on the new EB832
Can I use this controller for two tank on separate room?
While it can be done you would need to find cables separately to reach the distance.
Does this come with ORP, salinity, ph, temp probe?
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?
What material is the housing made of?
Can this unit monitor ammonia?
The Apex controller does not offer reading for ammonia. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
Can you add 2 of the Energy Bars (EB832) to 1 system?
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.
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The new EB832 is huge! What are it's dimensions?
Is this the only unit that will be compatable with the upcoming Trident?...or will it also work with the Apex Classic?
Thank you for reaching out.
You are correct. The Trident system will only work with the newest version of the Apex and will not work for the Apex Classic or Junior packages.
Please let us know if you have any other questions.
Have a great day!
Will Apex control the Kessil 700 light fixture? If not, will this capability be available in the future?
Since the new model has WiFi capability, does we still need the WXM to control EcoTech VorTechs and Radions?
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!
I am planning to buy the Apex Controller System and want to know how far away can a second energy bar be placed. My sump is in the basement and I want to control lights and fans in display tank on the first floor. Are the aquabus cables regular usb cables? The cable connection from the display tank energy bar to the main energy bar unit would need to be roughly 20 ft. Is it possible to connect the second energy bar?
Thank you for reaching out.
Aquabus cables are similar to USB cables but have the same connection on both ends. You would not have any issues extending the Aquabus cable 20 feet. You would want to get this extension cable for it:
Please let us know if you have any other questions.
Have a great day!
Does the unit come with solutions to calibrate the probes?
These will come with the initial calibration packets for the pH probe. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Do you ship to Australia?
We appreciate your interest! At this time our distribution area is limited to the US and Canada. Hopefully some day in the future we'll be able to expand this to serve customers in your area!
What material is used to make the silver on the unit is it aluminum ? Just my guess.
Great question! The housing for the Apex Head Unit and the EB832 are made of plastic.
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
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.