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DOS Doser, DDR Dosing Container and TRIDENT Marine Aquarium Water Analyzer Bundle - Neptune Systems

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The Neptune Systems DOS - Dosing and Fluid Metering System

A multi-purpose dosing and fluid delivery system of uncompromising quality combined with the simplicity of Apex Fusion software wizards for operations such as:

  • 2-part dosing (Calcium and Alkalinity)
  • Other additives dosing
  • Automatic water changes
  • micro-quantity dosing
  • delivery of liquid foods and supplements

The DOS connects to any Apex via its AquaBus connection. The true versatility and functionality of the DOS comes to life via the software wizards built into Apex Fusion. This takes dosing to a whole new level in terms of ease of use as well as functionality when compared to standalone dosing systems because the DOS is part of your Apex ecosystem. Not only can you integrate it into other operations and devices you have configured, but we also will be continuing to expand on its capabilities as time goes on via software updates to Apex Fusion.

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2-part dosing made easy
The #1 reason people purchase a dosing system for their aquariums is for consistent and easy dosing of 2-part solutions (calcium and alkalinity) to their reef tanks. The DOS wizards in Apex Fusion take this to the next level by integrating a feedback loop from your water testing to make suggestions to fine tune the amount you dose each day. Simply put in your tank size and after a few days of entering testing results, it will help you refine your dosing amounts for the demand of your particular aquarium. No more guessing. No more fooling with the timings.

Water changes – the never ending chore of an aquarium
Hate doing water changes? – everyone does – so they never get done as often as they should. Not only that, water changes are disruptive to the stability of your system since all of that change is happening at once.

With the DOS all you do is place your empty vessel and your fresh stock of saltwater under your stand. Then, with the Apex Fusion wizard just tell it amount of water you want to change over what length of time and the hours of the day you want it to happen and it figures it all out for you. It will perform an automatic, continuous water change for you. It gets better. If you have our dual optical water sensing accessory Apex Fusion will send you an email or text message letting you know it is time to change out the jugs. Less time pumping, siphoning, and sloshing water and more time enjoying a great aquarium.

Micro-dosing of elements
If you need to dose tiny amounts of a particular solution, element or other fluid (like vodka dosing or Zeovit systems), the DOS is the perfect solution due to its precision controlled stepper motor. This ability to control pump movement in such a refined manner means that you can dose all the way down to a single drop of fluid at a time!

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How is it built?
When it comes to dosing, it all starts with the peristaltic pump

First, lets talk about the pump hardware. Be aware that not all dosing pumps are built alike. Well, lets clarify that. Almost all OTHER dosing pumps are alike – but most ALL OTHERS are very different from the DOS.

Nearly all dosing systems on the market today use a standard, DC brush-driven motor. Why? Because it is economical. This is the same motor you might find in your child’s toy car. We thought that was just not adequate for an aquarium where you might have thousands of dollars invested. So, we spent over a year searching and testing pumps and motors and decided on using a pumps with industrial grade stepper motors in the DOS – the same type of motors used in high end robotics, 3D printing, and medical equipment. So, why does it matter?
  • Precision - With the stepper motor pumps on the DOS, you have precise control each time you dose. And, you are guaranteed it will stay calibrated pretty much forever. On the other hand, with the standard DC motor pump found in most dosing systems, it cannot dose small quantities with ongoing accuracy and consistency. They also require ongoing calibration to account for the wear of the motor and the mechanisms. When pumps fall out of calibration, they dose either too much or too little – never a good thing considering an overdose to a tank will often be its demise.

  • Variable Pump Speeds - One of the great features of the stepper motors on the DOS pumps is that they can be driven at various speeds depending on the purpose for which they are being used. For instance, dosing of vodka may require the slowest possible rotation while a water change use requires a much higher pump speed. The best part is that Apex Fusion wizards automatically select the proper speed based on the use and because of the stepper motor, accuracy is not compromised even at the higher speeds.

  • Gearing and Drive Mechanism - The DOS uses a direct drive mechanism that will not slip, it will not strip, it will not grind to a halt. On the other hand, many other peristaltic dosing pumps used for aquariums have gears that can (and do) strip. Or, worse yet, some pumps work by using the friction of rubber rollers on the smooth metal motor shaft to make the pump spin. Foreign matter like salt creep, additives, etc. often get into the drive mechanisms of these pumps and make them fail or pump unknown amounts.

  • Lifespan - The stepper-motor in the DOS has a MTBF (mean time before failure) of 5000 hours. Other systems with brush-driven DC motor pumps have lifespans measured of just a few hundred hours of use. This means the pumps on the DOS may have up to as much as 12x the lifespan of others.
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Secure, Large Diameter Tubing Connections
Leak proof fittings are very important, not just because of the possibility of leaking fluid, but also because the leaking of air into a line would cause the pump not to meter the correct amounts. The pumps on the DOS have sure-fit compression fittings that are virtually leak-proof. Contrast this to other dosing systems on the market that still use dual-barbed fittings that commonly split the tubing and cause leakage of fluids or air.

Larger size tubing means that your pump does not have to work nearly as hard – or stay on for longer cycles. The most popular dosing pumps on the market use tube fittings with the tiny diameter of 1.67mm. The DOS uses much larger tubing and fittings. In fact, at 3.33mm in diameter, the pump on the DOS can handle 4x the flow of the most common pump style on the market (pictured). This means that your pump (and motor) will run 1/4 the time to pump the same amount of fluid. Less run time means less wear on the pump mechanism, tubing and motor and extends your dosing pump’s life. Larger diameter fittings also eliminate clogging – a common issue when dosing various elements like Calcium, Alkalinity, or Kalkwasser on smaller tubing pumps.
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Simplified Interface
Though nearly all interaction with the DOS will be done through the graphical user interface on Apex Fusion, there still is a need simplified user interface on the DOS itself. This is accomplished using a multicolor indicator for each pump to show its status as well a button to be used for priming the pump or for use during a calibration process.





Replacement Parts
Changing out the peristaltic pump tubing on the DOS is a snap. Literally! All you need to do to change out the pump tubing is squeeze the pump head and remove. Then take out the tubing, replace with a new one, and snap it back on. No screws, no impossible snap on covers and no fussy loose rollers to mess with. And, because you are not changing out an entire pump head, your costs are lower as well!





AquaBus Connection to your Apex
The DOS easily connects to your existing Apex System via an AquaBus cable. All configuration and control of your DOS is done through the Apex Fusion interface on your phone, tablet, or computer from at home or anywhere in the world! And, because there are two AquaBus connections, you can daisy-chain up to 10 DOS systems together.





Accessory port
The DOS has an accessory port that will enable it to be connected to an upcoming optional accessories like the DDR – Dual DOS Reservoir. This accessory has two separate 2-liter cylinders for holding your additives. It also has optical sensors at the bottom that tell the Apex when it is time to refill and it then can send you an email or text alert. Another optional accessory will be a set of two optical level sensors you can install in the water change vessel (jug/rubbermaid/brute) of your choice.
Quiet Operation
We understand that aquariums are supposed to be serene. And noisy pumps often ruin that mood. So our engineering team has taken extensive steps both in how the pump operates as well as the enclosure design to ensure that the DOS system is one of (if not) the quietest dosing systems on the market for the fluid volumes it delivers.

Stylish Yet Functional Design
The DOS was designed to compliment your aquarium – not just be a box that holds pumps. Its attractive enclosure has the pumps rotated at an outward angle to allow for the tubing to be routed with no chance of kinking, even when placed on a shelf. The DOS are also designed for stacking and they can be daisy-chained together via the AquaBus ports. Even when stacked, all tubing can be easily routed kink-free. For those that prefer a wall mount, the DOS has easy to use slots in the back so you can attach it to a wall or to the inside of your aquarium cabinet. With the exterior design, component selection, and software functionality, the DOS communicates how much total effort we have put into this product to raise the bar not only for dosing systems, but for premium aquarium products overall.


The Neptune Systems DDR - DOS Dual Reservoir

This attractive fluid containment system stores your dosing fluids in style and even tells you when it’s time to refill!
  • Each side stores two liters (2L) of fluid
  • Connects directly to your DOS
  • Optical sensors inform your APEX when levels are low
  • Strong, cast-acrylic construction
  • Low-profile – won’t easily tip over
  • Easy to refill
  • Push-fit tubing connections
  • Use for 2-part (Alk/Cal), additives and other applications
Style Meets Function, Deceiving Capacity, No-tip design

The DDR has great style and will stand out in anyones equipment room. But it’s not just about style. It may not look like it, but each side of the reservoir holds an ample two liters (2000 mL) of fluid. For most saltwater aquariums that are dosing Calcium and Alkalinity to their aquariums, this amount is more than enough to last at least two weeks. If you were dosing other additives it might last months before needing a refill.

Speaking of refills, the DDR has easy lift off lids that make refilling it super easy.

The DDR was also designed to have a low center of gravity. This means, unlike other reservoirs on the market, it is very difficult to inadvertently tip over and ruin your day.

Optical Sensors Alert You When It’s Time to Refill
The DDR is the only dosing container on the market that connects electrically to your DOS and uses optical sensors that alert you when your fluid has approximately 20% remaining. This alert could be used to send you a text or an email, or even trigger other events on your Apex. Also, when detecting water level, optical sensors are far less likely to fail than their float switch counterparts.

Connects Directly to your DOS
One simple connection links the DDR to the DOS. No worries about fooling around with loose wires, float switches, etc. Just plug it in and it will show up in your Apex Fusion Dashboard.

Ready for Apex Fusion
Although not required, the DDR interfaces directly into your Apex Fusion dashboard. See in realtime your fluid levels and get an alarm when a reservoir runs low.

Specifications:

  • Size (Approx.): 10.5" x 8.5" x 5.5"
  • Fluid Capacity (Approx.): 2000ml per side
  • Weight (Approx.): 2 pounds
  • Requires: Apex, Apex Lite, or Apex Jr. and DOS to operate sensors
  • Package includes: DDR, 4m of DOS tubing


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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Basically, everything. It works great and the integration of all the components into the Apex platform is a huge plus.
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PRICE. The Trident is worth every penny. The DOS/Resevoir, at $449, is steep. You could definitely do this A LOT cheaper with a Jebao doser and some homemade dosing reservoirs, but, again, the Apex integration makes it worth the stretch in my mind.
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This package is AMAZING. Its pricey, admittedly, but if you have the scratch, it is worth every penny - especially if you, like me, tend to get a little lazy about Alk/Ca testing. The ability to dose over a longer period, without thinking about it, and adjust those settings with Apex is fantastic....Read More
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