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.
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.
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)
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.
It Doesn't Get Any Better! - Believe Me By Nikki R on 11/7/2017Nikki R would recommend this product to a friendPiece of mind is the name of the game, the system is a virtual guard dog over your reef, alerting you to numerous potential changes before they become a problem. In my case I was losing corals right and left but all my levels were perfect. We hooked up the Neptune, it read my SG @ 1.014 my CALIBRATED Refractometer read 1.025. In my eyes its already paid for self by not losing any more corals. Support is second to none, typically my Husband is more familiar with Apex than I was, he wasn't available for 3 weeks I called support no less than 8 times and every time they responded the same day, and once it was a Sunday night. If your lucky enough to get Vincent Huang on your support call, he's a genius on the system, he'll walk you right through it. Best money we ever spent.
Glad to have Apex in my life By Chuck on 11/6/2017Chuck would recommend this product to a friendWasn’t sure if it was going to Be a good investment with all the junk software these days but was forced into buying this for a two week business trip and got it setup and running perfectly that day. It is truly an amazing product and wish I would have bought it earlier. The fusion software and all equipment work unbelievably well . No problems and everything is spot on. If you don’t have this and can afford it I would highly recommend you buying this next .
Buy one now!! By Tom on 10/19/2017Tom would recommend this product to a friendIf you don't have an apex you don't know what your missing. Great to see what is going on when you are not home and for alarms and automation.
Couldn't do without anymore By Slivacki on 10/18/2017Slivacki would recommend this product to a friendBeen in hobby over a decade. Always said why do people need these to controller there tank. Saw many back then and still do that are just fancy power bars with on and off. But after purchasing my classic apex I feel in love with it instantly and haven't looked back at not owning one for any of my tanks. Finally I bought the 2016 Apex. Like other said bit of a pain to setup at first but after setting up love the extra options u get with Eb832. Can't wait for some of the newer modules coming out.
Save Time on Your Tank By Michael on 10/11/2017Michael would recommend this product to a friendif you don't already have a controller installed on your tank, run (don't walk!) and get the Apex ASAP. Being able to monitor your tank in real time is invaluable. You can, at the click of a button, see temp/salinity/PH, and be alerted when anything is out of whack. It also allows you to program intelligence into equipment that is installed on your tank (like automatically turning off your skimmer when your return pump is off so it doesn't overflow, or shutting down your ATO if salinity drops too much). Also, with the WXM module, you're able to program your Radion and Vortech equipment. Also, keep an eye out for the upcoming Trident system that will monitor the big three parameters (Alk/Cal/Mag)--that combined with the DOS dosing system should allow you to keep your tank running in tip top shape with as little intervention from you as possible. Automate as many tasks as you can so you can free up your time enjoying your tank instead of performing maintenance on it!
Solid controller By Scott on 10/7/2017Scott would recommend this product to a friendHave both last gen and current gen controllers. Support is solid on these units, user community very active, Neptune resources very accessible on public forums and support forums. I wouldn't plan on keeping an aquarium without an Apex controller!
Glad I went with Apex this time By Steven H. on 10/6/2017Steven H. would recommend this product to a friendHave had it running two months now. Last tank had the "made in germany" controller. Night and day difference. Not as hard as some say it is to set up. I was up and going with the basics in 30 min. At first I was bummed that they did not have a dedicated Android app but since I have been using Fusion on my phone via the web browser I have not thought more about it.
Follow-Up Review By Abram on 10/5/2017Abram would recommend this product to a friendThis is a follow-up review. In summary I was having problems with my EB832 shutting off on me and after 32 back-n-forth emails with them trying to blame my equipment, I gave up and they were happy to give up too. I also sent it back and it still didn't work.
After a couple of weeks using mechanical timers and a stand-alone temperature controller, I bit the bullet and bought a new EB832 because I needed some kind of pH control on my tank. The new module worked flawlessly so I knew something was wrong with the original EB832 but I didn't bother wasting my time telling tech support they were wrong. I had more important things to do.
Out of the blue about a month ago, I got an email from Neptune saying that they possibly knew what was wrong with my EB832 and wanted to reopen the ticket. After a little discussion, we decided that I should send the unit back once again, which they were willing to pay for. This time, instead of just "bench testing" it and updating the software, it was thoroughly analyzed in depth by the tier 1 service technician and "some extensive repairs were made". I got it back in about a week, tested it out, and now it works perfectly.
Although I can still freshly remember the frustration associated with the initial witch-hunt they sent me on, I am happy to say Neptune eventually got it right. My faith in this company is restored and I will again consider Neptune products in the future (although I will probably wait several months before buying a new release :spin1:)
Kudos to you guys for making it right. That's what good companies do.
Pleasantly surprised By Shane on 10/3/2017Shane would recommend this product to a friendI have to admit I was a bit worried about pulling the trigger on this just based on some of the recent reviews. But, a bunch of my reefing buddies have either the new one or the old one and they have been swearing by Apex for years.
So, when I plugged it in, I was ready for a long slog of setup and networking issues. But it just worked. I had the majority configured and up and running on my phone in about 20 minutes. I went out to eat and lets just say my wife was less than happy about me now being able to have my "aquarium" in my hand at all times. But I'm happy. Haha.
Great Customer Service! By Nick801 on 9/27/2017Nick801 would recommend this product to a friendThese guys will go out of there way to make things right if you have a problem! Thanks again - Nick
From classic to wifi - glad I made the switch By RickyReef on 9/25/2017RickyReef would recommend this product to a friendSeeing how some new gadgets on the horizon need the new Apex, I decided last month to make the switch. So happy I did. Setup was a snap - it found my home network and I simply put in my info. Converting over from my Classic (that I had for about three years) was tedious but pretty easy. I love the power monitoring and the new alerts if some pump or skimmer should start to fail it catches it. I also got one of those the solenoid valves that plug right into the 832 and put it on my RODI. If you are thinking of moving to the new one - stop listening to the haters, sell your existing Apex Classic, make the switch, and don't look back!
Excellent addition to my reef By Jesse on 9/6/2017Jesse would recommend this product to a friendAfter 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.
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This will not include the probe holders which are available separately.
This will not include a probe holder. However the are available separately.
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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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.
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!
That item you are seeing is the newly designed Apex Head Unit.
While it can be done you would need to find cables separately to reach the distance.
The Apex controller does not offer reading for ammonia. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
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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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!
These will come with the initial calibration packets for the pH probe. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Great question! The housing for the Apex Head Unit and the EB832 are made of plastic.
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.