OUR FLAGSHIP AQUARIUM CONTROLLER
Our Apex System is the best-value aquarium controller on the market today. Dollar for dollar you will not find a higher-quality controller that gives you more features, is easier to use, or has a larger and more active user base than the Apex. If you haven’t done so already, please read our Why Apex? page to get a high level view of why the Apex is so important to your aquarium.
THE APEX BASE UNIT – IT ALL BEGINS WITH THE BRAIN
ENERGY BAR 8 – SO MUCH MORE THAN APOWER STRIP
LET'S START WITH CONSTRUCTION
Sure, like our competitors we could have gone with a slick, inexpensive plastic enclosure, but that would not provide you with the best protection against catastrophic failure. You see, plastic timer powerstrips and power bars used by some of our competitors can easily catch fire should saltwater enter them and cause a short. With our solid metal Energy Bars, if such a short did occur, it would be far less likely to spread to the tank or your home.
CURRENT SENSING DEVICE
SOFT-START EXTENDS THE LIFE OF PUMPS
POWER FAILURE DETECTION AND COMMUNICATION ERROR PROTECTION
This feature is very important as many other controllers on the market may leave the outlet in its last position or possibly default all of the outlets to off or on. This is even true if they simply lose communication with their base unit due to a system failure, software bug, communication issue, lightning strike, etc. Not good. Imagine if you were away from home and a storm took out your Apex – the Energy Bar would just fall back to the Failsafe state you had programmed for such an incident. No worries.
One additional advanced feature is that when you use an additional Energy Bar on a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) you can have key lifesaving devices (low power power heads and bubblers) on there that will automatically go into their Failsafe State once power failure is detected. This can keep your tank alive and healthy for hours on a good UPS until the power comes back online. This will run completely unattended and is ideal to give you peace of mind when you are away from home whether out for the evening or on a two-week cruise!
It is easy to see the importance of this one small feature that differentiates the Neptune Systems Energy Bars from the rest and how once again Neptune Systems is looking out for every possible way for you to avoid catastrophe in your aquarium.
EXTRA AQUABUS CONNECTIONS
BUILT IN INTERNET CONNECTIVITY
BEST SOFTWARE AVAILABLE ON ANY AQUARIUM CONTROLLER
- NOT TECH SAVVY, NO WORRIES
- UBER REEF GEEK, WE HAVE YOU COVERED
- GRAPHS, GRAPHS, GRAPHS!
- GOING MOBILE? THE APEX DID!
COMPLETE AQUARIUM MONITORING RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX
The Apex Base Unit is equipped with the following monitoring ports:
- Temperature Port
- pH Port
- pH/ORP Port (can be used for either – a feature unique to the Apex)
- 6 – I/O switch inputs (for use with leak detectors, door switches, feed buttons, ATO, etc.)
LET’S TALK ABOUT A LITTLE THING CALLED GALVANIC ISOLATION
This is a topic other controller companies like to avoid. Why? Because not all monitoring ports are created equal. Galvanic Isolation is key to getting accurate readings on pH, Temp, ORP, and Conductivity. Some controllers either do not do it well (they are still figuring it out) or possibly not at all.
So what is Galvanic isolation? Well, the tech-answer is that it’s where two or more electric circuits must communicate, but their grounds may be at different potentials. It is an effective method of breaking ground loops by preventing unwanted current from flowing between two units sharing a ground conductor.
LED DIMMING AND TUNZE PUMP CONTROL
The Apex Base Unit comes standard with four channels of 0-10V control. These outputs are controlled in the Apex software and are most commonly used for LED dimming or Tunze speed control pumps. By using one of our optionally available cables, you can connect any Apex Ready 0-10V device to these ports. This means you can do cool things like have your LED lights ramp up and down to simulate sunrise and sunset!
They can also be used for various DIY purposes like controlling the dimming level on Meanwell LED drivers. Should you need additional channels of 0-10V control, no problem, simply purchase our VDM module and get four more – and also get a connection for Apex Ready+ LEDs!
THE DISPLAY MODULE
The Apex Display module is a sleek and compact way for your to interact with the Apex Base Unit and control nearly every aspect of your Aquarium.
MECHANICAL, NOT MEMBRANE KEYPAD
ADJUSTABLE CONTRAST, HIGH-RESOLUTION GRAPHICS DISPLAY
BUILT-IN SPEAKER PLAYS MULTIPLE ALARM TONES
MULTIPLE DISPLAY MODULE CAPACITY
THE APEX SYSTEM COMES WITH TWO PROBES:
LONG LIFE TEMPERATURE PROBE
STANDARD GRADE PH PROBE
OTHER PROBES AVAILABLE
The Apex System can be fitted with two pH probes or one pH Probe and one ORP (Redox) probe. Go to our probes page to read more about what probes are available to add to your Apex System.