- Seneye Reef Monitor
Seneye Reef Pack is an all in one monitor for Temperature, Ammonia, pH, Water level, and Lighting. With a PC you can connect your Seneye monitor directly to any PC or Seneye Web Server to monitor your aquarium. With the Seneye Web Server you can monitor your aquarium from anywhere you can get internet access via smartphone, PC or tablet.
- Automatically monitors multiple key parameters
- Constantly watching your aquarium, 5600 readings per month
- Healthier coral, integrated LUX, Kelvin and PAR light meter
- Early warning, intelligent software predicts future water conditions*
- Convenient alerts sent to e-mail and mobile phone*
- Access results worldwide, data stored online for easy viewing*
- Track your results with automatic graphing*
- USB connection with multiple connection options, including optional USB power adaptor
*some features require seneye+
What does it do?
Constantly monitors water temperature, so you can get an alert if your heater breaks or your chiller fails
Monitors the highly toxic free ammonia (NH3) at very low levels, so you can stop your fish from dying from Ammonia posioning.
The seneye monitors pH in your aquarium or pond water between 6.4 and 9. This range is ideal for most aquatic life and by focusing on this range increased accuracy has be achieved.
Readings are only taken when the seneye device is in water, no false readings.
Monitors ambient LUX and can be used to take direct LUX readings, understand how your light degrade over time.
Understand where on the kelvin range your lights are and how light can change over time.
Monitor the Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR), understand if you have the correct quanity and quality of light for your corals or plants.
- Seneye Reef Module
- Windows PC with a wired or wireless network and TCP/IP protocol, Vista 32-/64-bit, Windows 7 32-/64bit.
- Full speed USB 1.0 port
- Minimum 1Ghz processor and 128mb RAM
- Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0+, Firefox 4.0+, Safari 4.0+
- Download of seneye connect application required from seneye.com
Many shortcomings and issues! By TRS on 3/7/2018TRS wouldn't recommend this product to a friendSeneye discrepancy,
Has anyone come across this Par meter color graph discrepancy with their Seneye monitor? When I place my monitor in my refugium and compare the color spectrum graph between the real time app screen and the online dashboard screen, the color spectrum line peaks on the graphs are opposite of each other. In the refugium I am running a Zetlight E200 which is on the very red end of the spectrum. It shows up that way on the real time app screen. If I let it sit there overnight while the lights are on and then compare it with what it shows on the online dashboard for the same time span it is opposite. The dashboard shows it peaking in the blue spectrum overnight. Does anyone experience the same issue?
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Another issue I am experiencing now, on the dashboard screen if you click on the data point on the left side of the PAR window (Where it shows the date/time/PAR) the color spectrum line should show up on the right side of the PAR window. I have found that when clicking on anything above 17 PAR the color spectrum line goes flat.
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I have emailed them regarding this. It took a long time to get a response but this is a cut and paste of their response to me.
"Sorry that is has taken us so long to get back to you.
The axis on the light metre graph are showing the following: X – Axis is for the nanometre value, the Y- Axis is the percentage of the light that is being read.
Regarding the screen shot you have sent through, it appears that there is a bug with that particular graph as it should be showing you a graph on the right hand side at every point you click on the graphic. We have forwarded this to our Developer for further investigation."
After not hearing back from them I contacted Bulk Reef Supply (through whom I bought this.) to see if they could help. They contacted Seneye who only then responded back to me with this reply. (Again, cut and pasted.)
"Apologies for the late response. We have forwarded your query to our engineering team. This is the first time someone has enquired regarding the accuracy of our light meter.
We will have to double check regarding your query, please bear in mind that we will be closed over the Christmas period, but will try to get back to you at the beginning of January."
On January 9th I sent Seneye another email asking "Anything new yet?" I know they get the emails because there is an automatic reply email from them stating so. I have yet to receive any replies back.
So I'm left wondering, did I stumble across a known deficiency in their meter or did I just get a faulty meter? This is why I am asking if anyone else can duplicate this situation. If it is a known deficiency, can it be fixed with an update? If it is a faulty meter, can it be replaced? Or are those lines just programmed into it to make us think that it is actually measuring something? Just ignoring a paying customer in hopes that they will go away is a pretty sad way of doing business.
If a company advertises their product as being capable of performing certain tasks, then it should perform as such. Anything less is false advertisement! If you can’t do so then call it what it is, AN OVERGLORIFIED PAR METER. I purchased an Apex PMK PAR meter which matches it perfectly for PAR readings but does not require the additional purchase of a “Web Server with WIFI” for another almost $300.00 to connect wirelessly.
With these issues unresolved from a nonresponsive manufacturer, I cannot and will not recommend this product!!!
good as a par meter the reason i bought it By mrdobie on 3/4/2018mrdobie would recommend this product to a friendBought it as a par meter and used it for about 4 months. Had a problem and contacted seney. After a couple of emails and no Hassel they replaced the unit. No big deal. Never used the other feachers and never intend to unless i upgrade to a larger tank to go through cycle like brs did. More than 1/2 the price of comparable par meter. Dont need wifi upgrade just plug in laptop next to tank and use it. Would have given 5 star but can't use it with my tablet. If seneye can get that to work i will give 5.
good enough By mullstang on 2/22/2018mullstang would recommend this product to a friendPros, set up wasn't too hard. If I can do it most can.
Cons, doesn't work with Apple and is a bit clumsy to control when under water without a stick.
Overall, it does what I need it to do.
Gets worse every day. By Peter on 1/9/2018Peter wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI posted a review earlier that detailed my experiences with this device and now after a month and a half of using this product and dealing with their tech support trying to resolve suspected issues with my readings. You can read my review of how much of an issues it was to get this device working in the first place, eventually after 48 hours the issues did resolve themselves.
My primary issue is that Seneye has put a block on being able to use your own WiFi hub or USB WiFi extender in order to sell more of their overpriced WiFi units. So if you're planning on using an Raspberry Pi to extend the connection to a PC through WiFi, don't bother since they have put a firmware level change that checks to see how it's connected and if it's not connected to an actual PC-USB port then the device will not allow a connection. While I don't agree with this, I have a few spare laptops one of which I was able to stick behind my tank rather that cough up 300 dollars for what equates to a 20 dollar WiFi hub. This is also the least of my issues with the device.
After the soaking process was complete I noticed that the unit was saying that I had .02 PPM ammonia present in my system. Immediately this caused me to panic assuming that the system was in trouble and immediately prepared a 50% water change and went absolutely wild cleaning and searching for missing or dead livestock. After performing my 50% water change I would expect to see a small change in the levels of ammonia but they were consistent at .020ppm. So after doing several tests and water changes the only time this unit measures a change in ammonia is when I open it up or move it around. I've been in contact with their tech support since my 50% water change had no effect on the ammonia levels and they are consistent in trying to claim I have .020ppm ammonia in my system even when I tell them I tried the unit in freshly mixed salt water using RODI and they still claim that the sensor is correct. 40+ days into this unit providing false readings and Seneye isn't really making any effort to resolve my issue.
Minor gripes, the unit seems designed to sell accessories and not provide accurate information. Slide soaker, floating holder, suction holder (because the factory suction cup does NOT work at all), cleaning kit, wifi server. I might consider buying some of these things if the unit actually worked but instead I've spent the last 40 days having Seneye tech support explain to me that .020ppm is 20ppb and that somehow freshly mixed saltwater can have a steady .020 ammonia that never changes (on day 12 with no livestock or ghost feeding, you'd think I'd start seeing nitrites or the ammonia levels drop from cycling).
The PH meter seems to work, at least the numbers are relatively close to what I see with my API kit. My Seachem ammonia detector doesn't report any values so I can at this point only assume the Seneye unit is defective but I can't get Seneye to accept that, they're willing to "recalibrate" it for me but I have a feeling that the expense of overseas shipping is basically going to have me shipping this to the storage box for use as a PAR meter only since that seems like that's all it's good for at this point (as far as i can tell).
Avoid this device at all costs. Unless you want a cheap semi accurate par meter then this is your device. Just don't count on it for anything else.
worthless By jon on 12/31/2017jon wouldn't recommend this product to a friendBought this thing and downloaded the app. Put in all of my information. Plugged in the device. The app reads "allow a few minutes for synchronisation." Thats as far as i've gotten. Contacted support and they said there was a glitch in the app that was repaired and to try the next day. After a week, i just gave up. This $200 sensor is sitting on my shelf unused.
Simple and great tool By Mike on 12/23/2017Mike would recommend this product to a friendI really like the seneye reef monitor. I have plunged into my wifi and really appreciate the notification system. Most of all I like that I don't have to worry as much about probe reading reading drift over time as it is re-calibrated every 30 days with the replacement cards.
At least the par meter works. By Peter on 11/29/2017Peter wouldn't recommend this product to a friendUpon unboxing the first thing you will notice is the lack of instructions in the box, just a card telling you to go to a website. Upon going to the website the ability to view the instructions is tied to downloading the downloader for the actual install which is ridiculous for an application of this size to require two downloads. After you download the downloader software you can then finally access the instructions. After following the instructions and being asked to give them all kinds of personal information so you can use the device. Once this is done you then need to register the Seneye slide on the device dashboard. For me no dashboard appears, just settings that control nothing. No data, no dashboard, no device, nothing but meanwhile my application is telling me the slide is expired, now at this point somewhere down the road it will tell you that the slide needs to soak for 24 hours which I think should be something that should be in big bold letters on the slide packaging or somewhere other than deep in a help topic you have to google. The application works, senses everything except the fact that I have a non expired new slide which I can't fix because the online dashboard will not recognize I have a device. Now googling this information it says you must register the device(which is supposed to happen when you install) but did not in my case. But the I am getting emails that the device has been removed from the water so somewhere it knows.
Par Meter 5/5
PH/N3 sensor 0/5
Temperature sensor 1/5, I get data locally but no way to track it online at this point.
Web server 0/5
Overall if you want a cheap par sensor that's relatively accurate then you might be okay with this. But the rest of the device has proven to be relatively useless and having to e-mail back and forth for support since their offices close at 12:00PM EST and just happens to be an international phone call.
I would not recommend this device, save your money and buy a Par meter and get a different unit for web based monitoring.
Hardware is good, Software is crap By IronChefItaly on 7/9/2017IronChefItaly would recommend this product to a friendPAR Meter (5/5)
Excellent value for an accurate PAR meter. This is definitely the primary selling feature of this device in my opinion.
Temperature Meter (5/5)
Works as entended and easily calibrated.
Slide Features (1/5)
Main perk here is the capability to monitor pH and thus dissolved oxygen. Other than that, the ammonia detection can give some notice for quarantine tanks or if something has died. Overall, not much gain for a hefty monthly cost - far from worth it.
Phone App (2/5)
Fantastic in concept, poor in practice. This app is absolutely plagued with software issues. For months, my phone recognized the app as being outdated and incompatible with the new iOS.Custom settings are either locked or fail to save each time you reopen the app.
Web-based Profile (3/5)
Similar to the phone app. Interface looks fancy but as soon as you try to click something or customize any windows you encounter a network of underlying software issues.
Notification System (4/5)
Works as expected. One failing point here is that the function for editing the thresholds work off an overly sensitive drag bar. Good luck trying to set it to exactly 80.0 degrees.
Intially my unit failed to download its drivers and software updates via wifi. It entered some sort of disk-boot mode and the only way to restore it was to get the files direction from seneye support via email, download it onto a USB then follow their instructions to manually transfer the files to the unit. Quite a bit of headache and for someone who isn't tech savy this would have likely been the end. Other than that, I've communicated a number of issues with great detail to the support team. They've been receptive and initially very promising but its been 7 months since i bought this unit and many if not all issues still persist.
I can only recommend this device solely for its PAR meter. It seems as if Seneye made a huge initial investment and are now reluctant to invest anymore to maintain and improve their software and support which are lacking by today's standards. If you're considering the Seneye as a cheaper alternative to a controller like the APEX - DO NOT BE FOOLED, this unit is years of development away.
Update By JIM on 5/25/2017JIM would recommend this product to a friendThat was actually my fault. I didn't read instructions and customer support anyway replace the device. Now it works great!!
Great Product By Charles on 5/4/2017Charles would recommend this product to a friendThis has worked flawlessly for me for the past 2 months. I did purchase the web server as well which for me is a must as I travel constantly for work. The only negative thing I have to say is the suction cup has never managed to stick to the glass.
Dead before it even hit water By Jim on 4/17/2017Jim wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI took my seneye out of the box and followed the online instructions. (Which weren't that user friendly) It started to download a new firm wear update and then the unit crashed. I mean dead as a door-nail. Customer service is overseas. So expect bad hours to get a response and when you do they don't address the issues. Stay Away!
Great product and good customer service By phillipt on 3/13/2017phillipt would recommend this product to a friendwell worth the price , easy to use and monitors what you really need saving you from expensive test kits in the long run.
Does this work with a MacBook or does it require a PC?
"At present we do not produce a Mac version of the seneye connect application so you cannot connect your seneye device to your Mac and upload data to seneye.me. This is the only aspect of seneye that is not Mac compatible.
If you own a Mac and want to use a seneye device then we suggest the use of a seneye web server (SWS). This performs the task of uploading data to the seneye servers from your device. The SWS has a build in web page interface that can be used to view data locally and adjust the setting on the seneye device. This interface is fully Mac compatible, as to is the seneye.me dashboard."
Hope this helps!
Is there any other equipment needed (purchase) to measure PAR?
The Seneye will include all components for measuring PAR.
Does the Seneye ever need to be re-calibrated for things like PH or Ammonia? Is there a shelf life for the Seneye?
The System will need to be re-calibrated for the pH and Ammonia. this can be done during the monthly slide change. There is not a shelf life however the slides will only last 1 month in the aquarium. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Is there a warranty
I have heard there is an additional $60 fee to measure PAR. Is this true?
There is no additional fee to measure PAR and it is built into the module itself.
Will the light meter, temperature sensor, and water level sensor continue to function without purchasing new slides?
Does the device need to be connected to the Internet (via a PC or SWS) in order to measure PAR? Or can it store the data locally for later upload? If so, will it only measure once an hour?
When plugged into a PC it will be able to monitor and read PAR levels every 10 minutes, Same with the web server. The levels will be kept and stored for viewing previous PAR levels.
I have heard the device requires access to the Seneye cloud to process PUR and spectrum readings? Is this true? Is it only able to capture PAR and lux as a stand alone device?
How long is the cable?
The Seneye has an 8' cable. If you have any other questions, let us know.
How is BRS cleaning their Seneye monitors? Will vinager work?
Due to the sensitive nature of the Seneye device, we only recommend using the Seneye Cleaner located here https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/seneye-cleaner.html. Avoid using any harsh cleaning materials or chemicals.
How many slides on initial package
There will be one included slide with the kit. It is a great idea to have replacement slides on hand for replacement in the coming months. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Can I plug this gadget into an xbox one?
We are not aware of any way for the software to connect unfortunately. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
How does this monitor measures light? Do I have to place it where I want it to take the reading?
This will use a LUX meter similar to a PAR meter and can be moved around the tank to find the correct readings if needed. This is actually an ideal measurement device for LED lights. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
I is this device compatible with iOS devices such as my macbook air?
This is not compatible with Mac or iOS however if you purchase the kit with the web server you can access the information through any browser. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
When using the Seneye is there an ideal PUR & LUX value or range to adjust to to get the most benefit from LED lights? I realize PAR by itself might not be the best indicator
Can I limit the amount of time this is in the tank to make the cards last longer? for example if I use it for a hour several times a week would the card possibly last for a year?
Unfortunately there is not a good way to save the discs after placing in the tank. They will lose performance if removed and dried regardless of drying or storage. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Dos the par meter work with reading hqi lighting i seen u say led's its designed for? What brand of duble ended hqi bulbs do u think are top of line in the hobby
The seneye is able to monitor all types of light evenly! For double ended bulbs we have had great luck with the phoenix and Giesemann. I have included a link below!
Am I reading this correctly, the seneye reef will only take a PAR reading every 10 minutes? You cannot move the sensor around and see PAR in real time, like with the apogee?
The Seneye will record a par measurement every so often, it does also give you live readings as well. You can take multiple measurements around the tank at one time.
To measure PAR, will I need a PC as well? Or can I measure PAR with just the unit itself or by connecting to a Mac?
What is the accuracy of the temperature reading?
Would this system work with a MAC computer?
Unfortunately at present Seneye does not produce a Mac version of their software. If you own a Mac and want to use a seneye device then we suggest the use of a seneye web server (SWS). This performs the task of uploading data to the seneye servers from your device. The SWS has a built-in web page interface that can be used to view data locally and adjust the setting on the seneye device. This interface is fully Mac compatible, as is the Seneye.me dashboard.
Does it come with the power adapter, and slides?
The Reef Monitor does come with one slide. It is powered through USB that can be powered through any USB port. It does not come with a 120v or 12v power adapter, but they can be purchased separately.