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Discussion in 'Equipment: Setup and Discussion' started by H2OHOH, Aug 25, 2017.
any thoughts, wanna keep it simple, but you never know?
Is one easier to use or maintain?
Apex definitely is the more powerful and customizable option. Ive never used a reefkeeper, but they sound fairly straight forward to setup.
Apex gives you apex fusion and full control from your phone. But an apex is also more expensive, although you get a lot more functionality for the extra cost.
If you are running a Reef vs a fish only system. Consider that Neptune (Apex manufacturer) just announced at macna today a device to automatically monitor your alkalinity, calcium and magnesium that adds on to an apex.
Pick up a used Apex. You won't be disappointed.
I've been running an Apex for almost a year and have been very impressed with it. I don't think I'd ever do a reef tank in the future without one. The monitoring and control to easily turn things on and off and respond to certain criteria is so helpful. A Reefkeeper is going to be able to do similar things but an Apex has a wider community, easier to use web / phone interface, and they are constantly releasing new updates and products to integrate into the system.
I ran both for about a year, as stated the fusion with apex is a really nice touch. I preferred the apex over the reef keeper, there just seems to be so much more that the apex can do. I also like the straight forward programming on the apex, both from the display itself and using fusion (especially using fusion), I found the reef keeper to be a little more painful of a process. You can always add on whatever you want to an apex, can support like 250 modules. I believe the reef keeper had a limit closer to 10. Since then I have gotten rid of the reef keeper and we have 4 apexs in the house.
Is the Apex jr expandable, or is better to get the next level up
the apex jr is expandable up to 7 modules
I thought they were only expandable up to 4 modules? Unless the new ones are more?
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There was a firmware upgrade a year or so ago that upped it to 7
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It is worth pointing out, the new powerbar on the updated apex has a few really nice features. wattage monitoring on each outlet being one of the biggest features. I'm honestly surprised they don't push the marketing on that feature more because I was unaware of it until recently. But the integrated salinity monitoring as well as 1link are also very nice features. It can also be updated wirelessly, classic and jr need a direct ethernet connection to your network or laptop for updates. You can use a 3rd party wireless unit for general use, just not while installing updates.
I admit the price hurts a little and a used classic for a few hundred is a great deal and you will not be disappointed. But if you are comfortable with forking over the money for a new apex I'd spend the extra for the 2016. Worth pointing out. If you are ready to make a purchase, 10% off on Apex products this weekend during macna.
I am clearly behind the times.
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And attending a meeting between now and end of year gets you an entry for a chance to win an apex
Apex for sure over reef keeper. You could also consider GHL profilux. I have heard great things about them.
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Same here, I will run Apex again when I can have a larger tank again
Just to add another vote - 100% Apex.
Go with the Apex!
And I would suggest spending the money and getting the new model.
I attended the Apex Users Meet Up at MACNA and was able to see the introduction of the new Trident (Ca, Alk and Mg monitoring unit) which will require the new model.
I have the Classic Apex and a Reefkeeper Lite on my two systems, and the Apex is much more user friendly; Fusion.
I've had a reefkeeper lite for several years and have never been too impressed. The PH probe went out after about a year and I no longer use the lighting module as I have moved to a wifi controlled light. Right now its basically just used to moderate temp and as a timer.
I've also had a few outlets that constantly put out some charge even in the off position. Its enough power to charge everything but my heaters.
Never had an Apex but it can't be any worse that the RK!