Top Apex Uses

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  1. H2OHOH

    H2OHOH Senior Member
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    I have never had an Apex before but I just took out a mortgage on a new one. I will be leveraging this on an 80 gallon reef. I will list some of the equipment I have, hoping you can share some of your best usages of the Apex. Not necessarily fanciest, but some good fundamental applications that add value. I got the Apex with all the bells and whistles.

    Equipment:
    80 gallon display
    6 bulb ATI dimable
    2 x Reefbrite LED (not HO versions)
    Vertex 180i skimmer
    Tunze auto top off
    BRS canister for carbon and/or GFO
    Reef Octopus Various Pump
    Cobalt slim heaters x 2
    Aqua UV (not installed yet)
    2 x MP40

    Will do dosing pumps, but have not bought yet, any recommendations?

    Thanks
     
  2. dirtrider225

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    Not super fancy but things I have done that really help me:

    1. Configure skimmer to shut off if the return pump is off, then wait 10 minutes after return is back on before skimmer turns on. (keeps from overflowing when sump water level rises)
    2. Use feed mode for maintenance tasks as well. Easy enough for things like waterchanges and such
    3. Obviously you have t5 lighting so I would let the apex run the lights for the schedule you want.

    Also setup the heartbeat feature, you get a text/email if apex cant talk to fusion for 30 minutes. Works to let you know if your power (or internet) is out. Unfortunately it cant tell you which of the 2 events it is.
     
  3. Ben Nicholls

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    Here's a good program for controlling 2 heaters. Each heater takes turns being the primary and the other is a backup if the first is not keeping up. I also have a virtual outlet set up to detect if both are on for more than 30 minutes. That helps you detect a bad heater.

    [Heat1]
    Fallback OFF
    If Tmp < 77.9 Then ON
    If Tmp > 78.1 Then OFF
    If Time 12:00 to 23:59 Then OFF
    If Tmp < 77.7 Then ON
    If Tmp > 80.0 Then OFF
    If Tmp < 60.0 Then OFF

    [Heat2]
    Fallback OFF
    If Tmp < 77.9 Then ON
    If Tmp > 78.1 Then OFF
    If Time 00:00 to 11:59 Then OFF
    If Tmp < 77.7 Then ON
    If Tmp > 80.0 Then OFF
    If Tmp < 60.0 Then OFF

    [Heat-Er]
    Set OFF
    If Output Heat1 = ON Then ON
    If Output Heat2 = OFF Then OFF
    Defer 030:00 Then ON
     
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  4. Reefking

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    You mentioned that you mortgaged the house. I would highly encourage you to pay the debt off on this expensive piece of equipment. You don’t want to be paying any interest. 800 bucks is enough!
     
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    H2OHOH

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    Interestingly enough, the way the market has performed the past Two days this Apex is looking like a good investment
     
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