It’s BRS Recommended - The Neptune Apex Aquarium Controller
To earn the BRS Recommended badge of approval the aquarium product must offer great value at its particular price or accomplish something truly unique for your aquarium. In many cases, it is a combination of both that brings these products to the forefront and worthy of highlighting.
The Neptune Systems Apex is by far the longest standing US based controller brand with the largest user base. It is this large user base that drives Neptune Systems to be the best.
Feedback from the “Control Freaks” community pushes innovation and refinement of the controller hardware and software. The large user base also gives Neptune Systems the power to invest in the platform and create an expanding ecosphere of accessorial products.
In addition to the products and accessories produced by Neptune Systems, Apex users are so plentiful that many leading aquarium manufacturers also strive to create Apex compatible products earning the official designation of being “Apex Ready”.
There really is no other controller company that already has such a huge variety of features and accessories including powerheads, return pumps, flow & par meters, dosing pumps, AWC & ATO systems w/ controllable utility pump, auto fish feeder, leak detectors, and customizable switch boxes. This doesn’t even include all of the Apex Ready products from other brands like EcoTech Marine, Maxspect, Reef Brite, Abyzz, Sicce, Tunze and Kessil.
The best controller needs to be compatible with a wide variety of existing aquarium products and manufacture their own high-quality accessories. Not just today, but tomorrow as well. What this means is controlling aquarium equipment today is wonderful but adapting to the future is also crucial. Neptune Systems has been doing this for 23 years and is not going anywhere.
Outside of that, the cloud based Apex Fusion web interface and phone app is the easiest to use and most intuitive control experience.
The tasks function is worth a mention here because you simply select your desired action and Apex Fusion will walk you through a series of questions for quick and painless set up that would otherwise take quite a bit more effort.
For the uber tech savvy and most engaged users, the Neptune Systems Forum is the largest dedicated aquarium controller forum where hobbyists explore some of the coolest and most advanced solutions to controlling and monitoring an aquarium.
For the type of investment you put into reef aquariums, a Neptune Systems Apex is really the best way to protect it. After using it once, it is hard to imagine ever running a reef tank without one. The ability to control and monitor equipment as well as notify you immediately from anywhere in the world is the true power of a Neptune Systems Apex.