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Old 10-04-2012, 06:50 AM   #1
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Controller?

I'm considering a controller but I'm wondering if they are worth the cash.

If you think they are worth it, which controller do you recommend?
I see they monitor ph and temp. What are the other benefits?

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Old 10-04-2012, 07:17 AM   #2
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I'm not running one yet so don't wanna point you towards any specific controller but one good reason to run one is if setup they can send you a txt/email if there's ever a leak/flood. Also from your phone you could shut down the pumps
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:15 AM   #3
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I run a Profilux & can't imagine not having it.

Temp control to within .5 degrees
Ph, conductivity (salinity monitoring)
ATO function
Auto water changes (1% daily)
Control of equipment from home or away
Pump & light control (if equipped)
4 pumps of dosing

Tons of benefits and the only downside is expense
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:09 AM   #4
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Whoa daily water changes? That is awesome. I will check out that brand. Do you premix the salt for the daily wc?

I already run an ato so not much benefit there.
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I premix salt once a month or so, then the controller does the rest.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:31 AM   #6
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I premix salt once a month or so, then the controller does the rest.
+1 with a controller it will pretty much automate your entire setup except for making new water and trimming back your coral ... Point being if its in your budget then its a must have (doesn't fit my budget just yet so I'm still caring for my tank manually lol)
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:32 AM   #7
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Wow. That is awesome. It looks like vividaquariums has the price for the 3ex Mega at 1200. That is a bit out of my budget. I was hoping for a $500 range controller.
It would be sweet to automatic water changes though.
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Wow. That is awesome. It looks like vividaquariums has the price for the 3ex Mega at 1200. That is a bit out of my budget. I was hoping for a $500 range controller.
It would be sweet to automatic water changes though.
If you plumb your system correctly you can still make the water changes very easy by having a few valves to divert the water out of the tank with a holding tank for saltwater plumbed into the system so you can turn on a pump and send the new water into the tank but even with automatic water changes you'll still want to do a manual change from time to time to clean up some debris
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