@Carey, I hope you have RODI
water for top off and not just Kalk
. If dosing Kalk
you really need another ATO for pure water, or are you currently lucky enough that top off and Kalk
replenishment are in balance.
I have the Apex Jr. set up for CA
additions at night, as well as controlling all power heads (like Carey's set up). The PS and Main pump are set for a feeding period to allow a bit of quite time with just the power heads runnings. I already had a separate ATO controller and heater controller so I have not added those to the Apex JR.
My fuge light has been running 24/7 but I might move that over and run opposite my light schedule. My LED
unit has full control of my light schedule to a degree that could not be done by either of these controllers.
The Apex Jr had a built in web server so I can check everything from my iPhone when I'm at work. It will also send me text messages if anything goes out of whack. I might set up a flood detector to get notified is anything really goes bad. Then I can log on to my video camera and see what's going before rushing home from work.
Your first year it's best to concentrate on getting the maintenance down correctly and learning about your tank. After that one of these controllers adds a lot to the mix and just makes life easier.