Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 01-04-2012, 01:04 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Hardridge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 410
Quote:
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
__________________

__________________
Hardridge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2012, 01:12 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,962
Ok, thanks! i'm just a bit intimidated I guess lol
__________________

__________________
180g Reef - 60g Rimless Reef -90G FOWLR- 125g Malawi Cichlids- 40b REEF- 34g Fresh Planted-working on- 20L FOWLR- working on
I have a mix of many different saltwater fish amongst my tanks, but I love my Tangs most of all.
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2012, 02:41 PM   #13
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Crazycajun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 209
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.
__________________
Crazycajun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2012, 02:46 PM   #14
AA Team Emeritus
 
cmor1701d's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,814
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...
cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2012, 09:39 PM   #15
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 221
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.
__________________
ShooterRick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2012, 09:49 PM   #16
Aquarium Free - 2+ Years
 
mfdrookie516's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Winchester, Ky
Posts: 19,410
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.
__________________
-Jonathan

"What, exactly, is the internet? Basically it is a global network exchanging digitized data in such a way that any computer, anywhere, that is equipped with a device called a 'modem', can make a noise like a duck choking on a kazoo." - Dave Barry
mfdrookie516 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2012, 10:05 PM   #17
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Phoenix, Az.
Posts: 1,251
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
__________________
rob_mango is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2012, 10:17 PM   #18
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
KcTx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Breckenridge, Tx
Posts: 177
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.
__________________
KcTx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2012, 11:02 PM   #19
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Phoenix, Az.
Posts: 1,251
Yeah I am dropping the 500 for that and another 900 for the aqua luminations sol unit next month
__________________
rob_mango is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2012, 11:35 PM   #20
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Gti_Leo's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Toronto,Ontario
Posts: 3,021
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

http://www.reefangel.com/
__________________

__________________
Gti_Leo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
reef

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale: Neptune Systems Aquacontroller Jr w/DC8 leftyfish Archive 9 01-13-2012 02:24 PM
Wanted: WTB- Apex Controller Pyroburn Archive 0 11-09-2011 01:39 PM
For Sale: ReefKeeper lite NIB superdave07 Archive 0 10-23-2011 12:40 PM
Wanted: ReefKeeper Lite superdave07 Archive 0 10-09-2011 12:08 AM
Neptune Apex AquaController dollabill420 General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 1 07-23-2011 03:22 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:54 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.