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Old 01-04-2012, 12:04 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by carey
From what I have seen it just appears to be a personal thing. both pretty much do what the other does. I really liked the screen on the apex but it was more money so I went with the RKE. I'm more budget minded I guess plus i don't see the need to be able to control my tank via the internet. LOL

Not sure how you program the apex either, I know the RKE plugs into my computer and you program it like that, very very easy. It's also pretty easy to navigate the home screen without the computer to program it.

The ONLY thing so far that has me confused with the RKE is the ATO float switch. It looks like I might have to connect wires rather than just plug into the port. That I;m not too happy about. But I havent really messed with it yet so I dont know how hard or easy it will be.
There r two wires u connect but u do just plug in. I did it so I know u can hahs. It's pretty easy

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Old 01-04-2012, 12:12 PM   #12
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Ok, thanks! i'm just a bit intimidated I guess lol

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Old 01-04-2012, 01:41 PM   #13
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I bought the apex jr without the screen think it was like $150. I just control it from my computer, iPad, iPhone, or any Internet or wifi device to look at my parameters. If you get one any need any help just let me know.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:46 PM   #14
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I just returned the unopened RKL to Marine Depot and I'm waiting for the Apex Jr to come in. The built in web server made the difference for me. The set up is extremely easy (like the RK units you plug it into your computer). Controlling it from the iPhone or any web browser, and getting alerts via text and email should anything go out of bounds were the final points for me.

I don't need light control as that is built in to my LEDs. I already have the JBJ ATO and a heater controller, though I may put one heater on the Apex.

pH monitoring? Who cares? It varies by the time of day and as long as Alk, Ca and Mg are in balance my pH will be in balance. OK, I actually do own a Pinpoint pH monitor too

For me it's the pump control, wave action and reporting/alerting at work that I want the unit for. I may add a flood detector and some other items later. If only there was a good, inexpensive Alk and Ca monitor available...
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:39 PM   #15
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Well I am a novice but after considering the Apex and RKL I went with the RKL. I am only controlling one tank and it will be enoeph I believe once I add another PC4 module. I have looked at the network module but for now I am not interested in tracking my tank while I am at work. I put a grounded expansion plug on one channel and it is controlling both my skimmer pumps. I have a recirculating skimmer so 2 pumps on one channel works well. I also am controlling my heater, return pump, and fuge light as the fuge light is homemade and I like the idea of if a short happens it will kill power to it. When I add the PC4 I will controll my wave pumps which are on a stand alone controller now. My LED system has its own 3 channel controller so they won't be on it. Set up is reasonably easy although documentation that comes with the unit is lacking and you must download the full manual online.
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:49 PM   #16
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I've seen people recommend using the salinity meter, along with two reservoirs. One with RO/DI water for top off, one with a sw mix, a little higher than normal. If the salinity were to change (measuring wrong with a water change, etc), the controller would automatically pull sw in if it's too low, ro/di in if it's too high... no idea if that actually works or not. Not sure if that's something the RKL can do, just something I saw on an apex thread.

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Old 01-04-2012, 09:05 PM   #17
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Well so far I think I am going to get the apex only because I do travel a lot so with the text alerts and online monitoring I think it will be the best bet to have that so if something goes haywire I can call someone to check on it
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:17 PM   #18
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I was thinking about getting the apex just so I could have online veiwing & alerts. Even though I know it's worth the money I'm still shell shocked @ the price.
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Yeah I am dropping the 500 for that and another 900 for the aqua luminations sol unit next month
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have you looked into the reef angel system, it can do everythign all the other systems can but its cheaper, what i like about it is they give you sample codes for it that do a basic job but with a little research you can learn it and modify things to your liking, which is a big plus to me as i was goign to buy the chip set that they use and build my own aqua controller


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