- OS-1 Optical Level Sensor - Neptune Systems
Optical sensors are the go to sensor if you want a reliable sensor over a long period. The Neptune Optical Sensor plugs directly into the FMM allowing you to monitor the level of your sump, mixing station, or any other reservoir with liquid in it.
This sensor plugs into your FMM and, using reflected infrared light, will signal your Apex when it changes state from being wet to dry or dry to wet. This sensor can be used for constructing your own ATO (auto-top-off), as a high-level warning sensor in your sump, water storage level sensor, and much more. The sensors can be mounted into custom brackets or through a hole in a vessel. Included are a fastening nut and silicone washer.
1x OS-1 Optical Sensor with nut and washer
5 Fail in 6 months By tbraff on 1/26/2019tbraff wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThree different tanks and systems the optical senors leak and fail. I have over 5 units fail in different configs. But all fail in same way, seal leaks and fail. Neptune Systems say they have only heard of 1 failing, Well I have 5. (Fresh water) After loosing about $1000 in live stock over the whole time, im going to another brand controller and ditching this junk. NO I do NOT recommend !!
Not Reliable By Kevin on 9/27/2018Kevin wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have used 2 different ones with my APEX and each one keeps saying closed when it's not. Often I see air bubbles blowing around my tank because the ATO or WC did not fill up correctly. I have to reset the apex a few times to get it to work again until the next week. This started happening 1 month after setting this up.
I now have to configure float switches because the whole point of the controller is so I don't have to manually turn these things on every day.
OS-1 Optical Level Sensor By vapor160 on 3/14/2018vapor160 would recommend this product to a friendworks exactly as advertised. hooked this up to my Apex and put this one in the refugium and it keeps the water level exactly where it needs to be
OS-1 Optical Level Sensor By vapor160 on 2/26/2018vapor160 would recommend this product to a friendWorks just like it says it will. easy to install and set up. Have it on my refugium and keeps the water level from getting too high.
Not Sure By Darrin on 7/18/2017Darrin would recommend this product to a friendIm not sure about these yet i got 2 and it can be 1in diff when it turns on and turns off in a 55gal sup. the float switches are not as reliable but they keep my ATO within 1/4inch. ive tried it side mount and up mount dont make a diff. 1in in a 55gal thank is a is alot of ATO water
Nice addition to the Neptune famaily of products! By chris on 6/8/2017chris would recommend this product to a friendI was very excited to get my hands on this sensor. I have it in my saltwater storage container as my trigger to stop my AWC system before my water level drops below the minimum operating level for the system. Great to not have only a float switch as my only option. Mounts great to the BRS 1" PVC cap for DIY mounting brackets.
Do these sensor comes with brackets or we need to make them .
Do you a picture of the bracket
This sensor does not include a mount at this time. The sensors can be mounted into custom brackets or through a hole in a vessel. If you have any other questions, let us know! : )
Do you think this would to monitor the level in a skimmer cup, if attached to the lid.
How long is the wire on this sensor?
This sensor has a 10' cable. If you have any other questions, let us know!
Follow up question - is there a way to extend the 10' cable if necessary?
While we don't currently have an option for extending the optical sensor cable, we do have Aquabus extension cables which would allow you to move the module closer to the source if needed.
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Do you know the size of the holes that it wil fit in. I'm trying to get a custom bracket made
The probe body is .5", so an installation hole size slightly greater than this will be fine. A 5/8" bit should make a properly sized hole.
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Will it only work with the FMM Module?
The Optical Sensor currently does require the FMM module to communicate with the Apex system.
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Can this be hooked into a DOS unit or will it only with with the FFM? Thanks!
Hope this helps!
Can these be cleaned and what would be the recommended method. Before I replace the ones in my ddr that got gunked up with a film from with a bad batch of calcium I'd like to know in case it ever happens again. Thanks!
These can easily be cleaned up with a short soak in a solution made from regular white vinegar or citric acid solution. Usually 30-40 minutes will get any deposits right off and then a quick rinse before re-installing!
I just received the sensor and I was wondering if it is fully submersible, i.e. can I use it as low level sensor in the sump by just attaching it to the pump inside the sump, without drilling a hole in the glass? This way it will be fully submersed under 10" of water most of the time?
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You guys are saying that the OS-1 cannot be used to create a water tight seal in an ATO reservoir but the Neptune site says otherwise - can you confirm?
Here's is the Neptune link: https://forum.neptunesystems.com/showthread.php?18373-Optical-Sensor-(OS-1)-Info-amp-Usage