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APEXel Controller System and TRIDENT Marine Aquarium Water Analyzer Bundle - Neptune Systems

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The APEXel Aquarium Controller

Having a great aquarium just got easier.... and more affordable!

Introducing the new Neptune Systems ApexEL, the "Entry Level" Apex.

Maintain your aquarium with ease. The ApexEL monitors key parameters like temperature, pH, and the status of your connected equipment. Proper monitoring helps reduce the risk of losing your aquatic pets from parameter swings or failed equipment.

At a lower cost than its big brother, the Apex, the ApexEL shares almost all the features of the flagship Apex, with the exception that it does not have built-in ORP, salinity monitoring, or 0-10V ports.

The ApexEL is expandable with modules and probes, if desired in the future.

Wireless Internet-Ready

The ApexEL connects to your network via wire, or, the built in 802.11g/n Wi-Fi.

Easy Setup

Set up tasks and to-do reminders help guide you through configuring everything from temperature control, trouble alerts to your mobile device, and many other common aquarium tasks. With the ApexEL, an aquarium controller no longer requires an advanced degree — you are up and running in 5 EASY STEPS:

  • Mount it to the wall or inside your cabinet
  • Plug in the probes and your equipment
  • Connect it to your home network via wi-fi or cable
  • Run the new Configuration Wizards
  • Get the basics of monitoring and control for your entire tank set up, in less than 15 minutes, with no programming!

Self Contained Monitoring

Every ApexEL has a built-in, completely functional, web server - even when the internet is down. Your tank will continue to operate without interruption and can still be controlled from a mobile device.

Energy Bar 832 - The ultimate control hub

This eight 120V AC outlet Energy Bar includes an internal 100W 24VDC power supply which feeds three built-in 1LINK ports and two 24VDC accessory ports. Each outlet has independent power monitoring with individual LED indicators that tell you when that outlet is energized. If the device exceeds the current capability for that individual outlet, the LED will blink rapidly.

**Note - The EnergyBar 832 is for use in North America (USA, Canada, and parts of Mexico) and other locales where the electrical service grid provides 120VAC 60Hz power. In other regions which use 230VAC 50Hz power, APEXel systems are bundled with an EnergyBar 6 equipped with 6 outlets specific to that region (UK,, AU, Universal, or Schuko). EnergyBar 6 models do not include the EB832’s per-outlet power monitoring, 1LINK or DC24 ports, or per-outlet indicator LEDs.

Super Easy Mounting

Both the Apex-EL and the Energy Bar 832 have an innovative attachment system, making them easy to mount and access all connections. A hinged mount allows the controller to be flipped up to make your connections, and flipped back down, tucking them away therefore making it difficult for water to enter via a cable.

Features:

  • Lower cost version of its big-brother Apex
  • Prevents catastrophes by monitoring temperature and pH in your aquarium, taking corrective actions for you.
  • Alerts you via your smart phone when things go off track.
  • Monitors your equipment – ensuring it is operating correctly at all times – and lets you know when it’s not.
  • iPhone, iPad, or Android app controlled.
  • Works on PC or Mac using any common web browser.
  • Tracks your manual test results, maintenance, livestock purchases, and tank observations
  • Helps you correlate issues in your aquarium to the things that are happening inside.
  • Manages the full operation of equipment (lights, pumps, filters, ATO, etc.) on your tank with simple setup “Tasks” and an easy to use app.
  • Takes the place of many costly and cumbersome discrete components such as light timers, heater controllers, pump controllers, etc.
  • Expandable – Add more monitoring and control features as well as specialized Apex-ecosystem hardware as your needs require.
  • Gives you the peace of mind to know how your aquarium is doing, instantly, from anywhere in the world.

APEXel Controller System Specifications:

Base Unit Dimensions: 4.75" L x 5.25" H x 3.25" W
Energy Bar 832 Dimensions 10" L x 6.5" H x 2.25" W
2nd Gen CPU
Built-in 802.11g/n Wi-Fi
13 x power connections
for aquarium equipment
3 x 1Link 24V DC Smart Outlets
for WAV, DOS, etc.
2 x Switchable 24V DC outlets for accessories
like small pumps, solenoids, fans, etc.
Max current 15A
Current per outlet 7A
Per outlet power monitoring
4 Variable 0-10V channels for LED Dimming or
Tunze Pumps

APEXel System Includes:

  • Apex Base Unit
  • pH Double Junction Lab Grade Probe
  • Temperature Probe
  • Calibration fluids: pH 7 & 10
  • Energy Bar 832
  • AquaBus 6` Cable
  • 1Link and DC24 connections

Compatible with:

  • Apex Fusion and other Apex modules and probes
  • Trident monitoring system
  • COR and WAV pumps

GET STARTED, with APEXel!


The TRIDENT Marine Water Analyzer

A key ingredient to a great reef aquarium is maintaining proper levels of Alkalinity, Calcium, and Magnesium.

The Trident is an automated testing system that regularly tests alkalinity, calcium, and magnesium in your saltwater aquarium — and then communicates this information to your Apex so you can get alerts, and change your dosing. When combined with the DOS (available separately) it creates a fully automated system for the proper dosing of supplements, maintaining them at consistent levels. So, you can finally toss all those test kits; they are a thing of the past.

With the Trident, you will stay updated on your Alkalinity, Calcium and Magnesium values anywhere in the world, with zero effort.

Features:

  • Automated Alkalinity, Calcium and Magnesium Testing

Using an automated titration method, with colormetric identification, the Trident automatically tests your aquarium water up to 24 times a day for Alkalinity, Calcium, and Magnesium.

  • Incredible Precision

The Trident tests consistently with a precision of +/- 0.05 dKh for Alkalinity and 15ppm for Calcium and Magnesium. Using any hobby-grade test kit on the market, even humans cannot perform the tests that consistently.

  • Easy Plug and Play in 15 Minutes!

From the box to testing in under 10 minutes! Unlike other testing systems, there are no reagents to mix, tubes to cut, or pumps or probes to calibrate. Simply plug in one cable, two tubes, and run the setup task on the Apex Fusion mobile app — it holds your hand through the installation with helpful videos along the way.

  • Easy to Read Results and Graphs

The peace of mind of having your recent tank parameters, right there in your pocket, from anywhere in the world.

  • High/Low Alerts when Tank is Out of Range

Your Apex will alert you on your mobile device when test results fall out of the range you specify.

  • Controls Dosing to Maintain most Consistent Levels Possible

When the Trident is combined with the DOS system (sold separately), the two work in concert. Your Apex will use the data generated from Trident tests to automatically and safely adjust up or down your dosing amounts to keep your tank levels as stable as possible.

  • One Month`s Supply of Reagent Stores Neatly Inside

Convenient and clean, the Trident is self contained and when running the basic testing regimen only requires a reagent change once a month.

  • Uses Less than 7ml Tank Water Per Test

Some testing systems use as much as 100ml of your tank water for every test. This can cause fluctuations in tank salinity. With the minimal sample taken by the Trident, there will be almost no effect on your salinity. Unlike other solutions, potentially contaminated test water is never sent back into the aquarium. Instead, it is sent it to a waste container or drain.

  • Incredibly Quiet

The Trident is so quiet that our customers have said they rarely hear it – and when they do hear the quiet little chirps they are pleased to know that new test numbers are coming soon and they never had to pull out a test kit!

How does it work?

    The Trident is a self contained automatic titration colorimeter. That’s quite a mouthful, for sure, so let’s state it as simply as we can. The Trident is basically automating what you (and top scientists) do already when you test your water, that is, perform a color changing titration and interpret the results.

    On a scheduled basis the Trident carefully mixes its reagents with a small amount of sample water from your aquarium. While doing this, it is measuring (titrating with a precision peristaltic pump) the amounts of each that are necessary to reach an expected color change (determined by the electronic colorimeter). When it finishes the titration, it sends this sample/reagent fluid to your waste container. It then interprets the results of that test and logs the value into your Apex.

Plug and Play

    From the box to testing in under 15 minutes! Unlike other testing systems, there are no reagents to mix, tubes to cut, or pumps or probes to calibrate. Simply plug in one cable, two tubes, and run the setup task on the Apex Fusion mobile app — it holds your hand through the installation with helpful videos along the way.

Understand your Aquarium like Never Before

    When you start getting the regular data coming in from the Trident you will be amazed at the things you can see happening. The daily light cycle swing on calcium carbonate uptake. A salinity drop by watching magnesium. An out of sync dosing of calcium. This increased understanding ultimately helps you maintain a better, more successful reef.

Out of Range Actions and Alerts

    You can set up your Apex to alert you, or take immediate action(s) when a parameter falls outside of the safe zone you specify. As just one example, you might be dosing an Alkalinity solution and a misconfiguration could lead to overdosing of your tank. The Trident will catch that, alert you, and give you more time to make that correction before its too late and to save your aquarium. The data from the Trident can also be used to turn on and off other devices (like dosers or solenoids) to protect your tank even more.

Automatic Dosing Control - Ultimate Stability

    The more stable you maintain proper levels of Alkalinity, Calcium, and Magnesium, the better your corals will grow and thrive. But coral uptake of these supplements often changes and requires us not only to perform more testing, but also seems to put us in a never-ending state of adjusting our dosing levels.

    The Trident, when paired up with one or more of our DOS systems solves this problem with Automatic Dosing Control (ADC)

    When configured on the Apex, ADC will take the results it receives from the Trident and use them to gradually turn up or down the amount of additive your DOS delivers. But, don’t worry, we have built this feature with safety in mind. With ADC you set your target value and your starting dosing amount and ADC will only tune that dosing level +/-35%. If it takes more than that amount of dosing to keep your aquarium at your target value, then the Apex will stop ADC, revert to your starting dosing amount, and alert you that you need to manually adjust your dosing level. Then, ADC can be reenabled and it will continue to guide your DOS so that it keeps you as close to your target value as possible.

    It is possible to use ADC for all three tests – Alkalinity, Calcium, and Magnesium. You can also use one test value to adjust up or down more than one additive delivered by the DOS (i.e. Triton system).

Simple, Infrequent Reagent Changes

    When using the default testing schedule of four (4) alkalinity, two (2) calcium, and two (2) magnesium tests a day, the reagent stored inside the Apex will last a full month. And adding new reagent is super simple — just slide out the drawer, remove the old bottle(s), and replace them with new ones. If you desire, you can also run a calibration with the included calibration standard.

Reasonably Priced Reagents, about 9 Cents per Test!

    The cost of reagents and recurring cost is a valid concern for a hobbyist considering the test kit or automated system – and we designed the Trident with that in mind – keeping those costs as low as possible. Reagent comes in 2-month kits (based on the default testing schedule of 4-Alk/2-Ca/2-Mg per day). These kits include two bottles of Reagent A (changed every month), one each of Reagent B and C (changed every two months), and one bottle of our calibration seawater sample. The reagent kit has at least 240 alkalinity tests and 120 tests each of Calcium and Magnesium. These two-month kits are priced at just $44.95 in the U.S.

Super Quiet

    You will hear the Trident operate from time to time if you listen closely or you have a super-quiet room. And, as compared to other automated testing systems, it is several dB quieter. While inside your cabinet along with your other equipment, you will likely never even hear it.

Highlighted Features:

    Automatically tests seawater for Alkalinity, Calcium, and Magnesium

    Up to 24 Alkalinity tests per day with +/-.05 dKh precision

    Up to 12 Calcium tests per day with +/-15 ppm precision

    Up to 12 Magnesium tests per day with +/-15 ppm precision

    ~7.9ml sample water used per parameter tested

    ~7 minutes testing time per parameter tested

    Up to one month of testing before reagents need changing based on base level testing of 4-Alk, 2-Ca, 2-Mg per day.

    When combined with DOS system (available separately), the data from Trident can be used to automatically raise or lower the amount of additives dosed as necessary to maintain stability at user set point.


TRIDENT Specifications:

Dimensions: 10"H x 4.25"W x 12"D
Requires:

Apex or ApexEL (not Apex Classic, Lite, or Jr.)

Available 1Link port OR 24v power supply and Aquabus Cable (available separately)

External waste container or drain

Must be located within 4’ of water source to be tested

Trident Marine Water Analyzer Includes:

    1 x Trident

    1 x 1Link cable (US/CAN only)

    1 x 5` of black sample line tubing

    1 x 5` of clear waste line tubing

    1 x 1-month reagent supply

    1 x Calibration Fluid

    1 x Get Started Card

Check out our Top 5 most popular Apex accessories and modules:

  1. Neptune Systems Flow Monitoring Kit (FMK)
  2. Neptune Systems Apex EcoTech Marine Wireless Expansion Module (WXM)
  3. Neptune Systems Apex Automatic Feeding System (AFS)
  4. Neptune Systems Apex I/O Break Out Box
  5. Neptune Systems DOS - Dosing and Fluid Metering System


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Manufacturer Info

Neptune Systems Aquarium Supplies
Neptune Systems is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of aquarium controllers. The company was founded in 1995 for the purpose of developing affordable water quality monitoring and control instrumentation. Their engineering team has extensive expertise in computer hardware and software system design as well as a background in water quality analysis. Neptune Systems uses these finely-honed engineering skills to develop innovative monitoring and control solutions for use in reef and fresh water aquariums, aquaculture tanks, hydroponics systems and general laboratory use. Neptune Systems is best known for their AquaController line. The company is known for their innovation and customer centricity.

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I also own the full Apex and bought the EL for a second tank as it was mostly softies and LPS that aren't as sensitive. If you don't need the extra ports and sensors then this is a good value to save a couple hundred. Trident saves time on manual testing for the 3 things you test most often for.
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I will try to just break this down into Pros and Cons and the a summary.

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1) The Fusion Software interface is one of the nicest and easiest to use of any controller I have tried.

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