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Old 06-27-2010, 12:27 AM
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I have been running an Aquatronica controller for about a year. It has worked quite well but recently has had 3 level program failures where it dumped the entire top off reservoir into the tank!

The level sensor works and the program comes on when the level is low but the ATO no longer turns off when the level registers as high.

I am considering replacing it.

What controllers are others using to control/monitor lighting, return, power heads, tunze pumps and wave box, level, temp (term and chiller), pH? I really like graphing options, being able to manually over ride a program and being able to use it through a computer.

Currently considering Neptune Apex, Reef Keeper Elite and Profilux.

Others??

Preferences and why?

PS I now have 8 power plugs in use but would like to have more in use.

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Old 06-27-2010, 12:51 AM
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Apex...bulletproof....years of experience.....support is very good. Cost to feature ratio is good
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Old 06-27-2010, 01:41 AM
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stay away from the overpriced overcomplicated controllers, simpler is better.
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Old 06-27-2010, 03:17 AM
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The Apex is the Neptune system?
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The Apex is the Neptune system?
Yep!
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Old 06-27-2010, 04:37 AM
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I've been doing research on this topic as well.

The Neptune Apex is what I am leaning towards because of the iPhone capability.

I am(was) seriously considering the Reefkeeper Elite. For less money you get a couple of probes a well. You can also check tank status on the web but from my understanding, not easily through the iPhone . (I think the graphs are in flash).

The modules also seem cheaper with the Reefkeeper compared to the Apex.
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Apex and IPhone...only way to fly! And you get neat signatures too
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Then there is the business of Apex Lite Vs Apex.

I believe the only difference between the two is that the lite doesn't have the ability to control dimable ballast or vary the speed of certain power heads.

I wish there was a chart somewhere.
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Then there is the business of Apex Lite Vs Apex.

I believe the only difference between the two is that the lite doesn't have the ability to control dimable ballast or vary the speed of certain power heads.
That plus the lite doesn't have the second pH/ORP probe hookup.

I'd vote for the Apex as well, have had mine for about 6 months and love it. It is more than capable of doing everything you want your controller to do.
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Old 06-27-2010, 06:22 PM
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There is:

http://www.aquariumcontrollers.com/a...ontrollerchart

I don't understand the technology of half of what is there and have a mac so the side by side comparisons don't work for me. It looks like a lot of info.
If those who have tech knowledge and aquarium experience can pull out the relevant bits and share it would be appreciated.
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