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Multi-parameter electronic aquarium monitor and controller
32 bit processor automates & customizes more aquarium functions
Internet enabled controller available in 2 hobby-friendly options
Protect your aquarium investment with high-tech control! Neptune Systems AquaController Apex Classic Kit w/AquaDisplay/Temp Probe/EB8/ pH Probe takes aquarium care to the next level with its 32-bit processor and built-in web server. Internet connectivity allows remote monitoring and control of aquarium functions from any network-connected computer or mobile device. Configure your Apex to receive email or text messages alerting you of any deviation from set parameters!
Neptune Systems AquaController Apex Classic aquarium controller lets you enjoy advanced configuration for LED dimming, wireless VorTech pump control, Auto Top-off, calcium reactor control, ozone control, auto dosing of elements, auto-feeding your fish, and much more! Very simple menu driven configuration allows intuitive operation - no complicated programming required. Compatible with all major web browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari) AND interfaces with AquaNotes iPhone application for unprecedented aquarium control.
Apex Kits include Apex Base Module (7.5" x 2.6" x 1.10"), AquaDisplay digital user interface (3.40" x 4.05" x 0.65"), EnergyBar 8 with 8 controllable outlets and 6 AquaBus Connection Ports, Long-Life Temperature Probe, and Ethernet Cable. Available in your choice of Standard Grade pH Probe or the longer lasting Lab Grade pH Probe that boasts more accurate results that requires less frequent calibration and replacement.
Use this handy
Apex Comparison Chart to find out which Neptune Systems AquaController Apex unit is right for you!
Interactive graphing application in the web server
Interfaces with AquaNotes iPhone application
Compatible with all major web browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari)
Only aquarium controller with web server monitoring, control, and configuration
Compatible with wireless bridges or game adapters (802.11x) so that wireless network communication is possible
Email or text message alarms
Email alarms or audible alarms when EnergyBar power fails
RSS and XML Support
Very simple menu driven configuration
Menus to easily set up pumps, lights, heater, chiller, CO2, etc
No programming required for configuration
Outlets can be renamed for easier use
Can be configured through LCD Display or a standard web browser
An enhanced AquaController programming language is available for total control
Virtual Outlets allow even more complex control options
pH and Temperature - The base unit includes software which is capable of monitoring pH and temperature. The monitored data is continuously displayed on the large LCD display and is logged into the internal nonvolatile memory for later retrieval. All probes support digital calibration.
Galvanic Isolation on Probes
Galvanic isolation on the probes results in much more reliable and accurate probe readings. While these features increase costs, Neptune Systems feel that probe accuracy is absolutely critical for monitoring/controlling your tank, unlike many competing aquarium controllers.
State of the Art Electronics Integration
Only 32-bit processor on an Aquarium controller
Over 16 times more code space & 5X faster than competitive controllers, which guarantees future expandability
1 year's worth of data logs can be stored internally
New Enhanced Control Functionality
Day of week functionality
Sub minute control added on EnergyBar controlled devices
Default outlet state for all EnergyBar outlets
Second resolution control
Sunrise and Sunset Simulation
The Apex has a special control function, which can be used to simulate the varying lengths of days throughout the year. This feature is used to make the length of daylight hours longer in the summer than in the winter. This results in a more realistic simulation of natural lighting variations.
Moon Cycle Simulation
The Apex has another special control function, which can be used to simulate the moon cycle in your tank. The lunar simulator is used for this feature and is capable of varying the intensity of light emitted from its LEDs. The intensity variations are controlled by the Apex, which is preprogrammed with correct intensity values for each day of the moon cycle. The Apex automatically updates the intensity value depending upon the current setting of the Apex's clock. With this artificial moon cycle, it is possible to induce corals and fish to spawn.
Each pump to be controlled can have a user configured period in which both the on and off times are fully programmable and can range from 1 second to 999 minutes. A variable length feed timer cycle can be initiated with the press of a button and will disable some or all of the pumps in the system (programmed by the user).
6 Digital Inputs
The Apex comes equipped with 6TTL level external inputs, which can be used to activate/deactivate equipment in response to an external stimulus. Applications for these inputs include connection to water level float switches, water pressure and flow sensors, and water on the floor sensors. The Apex can be configured to signal alarms or turn on/off appliances in the event the external switch opens or closes.
4 Integrated Variable Speed Ports
0 to 10V output interface
Can directly control up to 4 variable speed Tunze stream pumps (like AquaSurf)
Can dim ballasts or LED drivers with 0 to 10V interfaces (like some T5 ballasts)
Modular Expansion through AquaBus
High reliability protocol with robust error correction.
Plug and Play-AquaBus modules are automatically recognized and configured.
Cable lengths over 200 feet.
Expandable to 5 AquaBus modules (1 Apex Display and 4 other AquaBus modules).
Add optional probe modules to monitor additional probes.
Add additional EnergyBars to control more outlets.
All AquaBus modules allow for easy firmware updates.
Probe modules available for additional Temperature, pH, ORP, Conductivity/Salinity, and dissolved oxygen probes.
Module firmware updates done through AquaBus. No need to disassemble controller, and individually update module.
All AquaController 3 accessories work with the AquaController Apex. One major design consideration was to maintain backwards compatibility to protect existing customer's investment in AquaController compatible equipment.
I/O port expansion backwards compatible with PX 1000.
Compatible with the breakout box.
Integrated control port - All control port accessories (DC8, DC4, DC4HD, AquaSurf, Lunar Sim).
Two AquaBus connectors for easy expansion and flexible cabling options
Plug and Plug bus allows for modular expansion
Firmware updates via Ethernet
Flash memory so new features can be easily added
All AquaBus modules allow for easy firmware updates-No need to unplug/rewire devices to perform the firmware
Alternate Power Port
In power failure situations, Alarm emails can still be sent
As a fish hobbyist, it is imperative that you have an understanding of the water parameters that affect fish health, as well as the importance of water testing. Water testing cues you to what's happening in the system at any given time.
Often overlooked, pH may well be one of the most critical parameters in a healthy system. Maintaining the right pH range - 8.3-8.5 in marine systems - has a natural antiseptic effect, helping fish resist illness and coral calcify faster.
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