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Neptune Systems APEX Bundle - Beginner


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How does the Neptune Systems Apex aquarium automation system really work? Reef Hacks files this unbiased report.

The Neptune Systems APEX Beginner Bundle includes:

Neptune Systems APEX Wi-Fi Controller System

The new APEX System has been touted by industry professionals as the best-value aquarium controller on the market today. This 2016 model of the APEX has Wi-Fi built-in, is easier to setup and use, includes temperature, pH, ORP, and salinity monitoring along with many new features. With free APEX Fusion cloud service, you can check in on your aquarium from virtually anywhere in the world. It will even text you if there is a problem with your tank! The APEX is supported by a US-based support team and a large and active user base with tens of thousands of current users

APEX Controller Benefits:

  • Prevents catastrophes by continuously monitoring key parameters in your aquarium, takes corrective actions, and alerts you by smart phone when something needs attention.
  • Automatically monitors the safety and operation of the tank’s electrical equipment, ensuring it’s functioning correctly even when you aren’t home – and alerts you in case of malfunction.
  • The software creates a database of test results, tank maintenance, livestock, and aquarium observations so you can correlate aquarium conditions to the things that are happening inside the tank like coral growth and fish health.
  • Uses a simple app to manage the operation of lights, pumps, filters, ATO, and more
  • Plug and play operation
  • Knowing how your aquarium is doing from anywhere in the world provides peace of mind.

Apex 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
Built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet Port
12V Power Port
2 AquaBus Ports
Temperature Probe Port
I/O Switch Input
pH Probe Port
pH/ORP Probe Port
Salinity Probe Port
4 Variable 0-10V channels for LED Dimming or
Tunze Pumps


  • Apex Control Head Unit
  • Energy Bar 832
  • 6 ft. Aquabus Cable
  • Lab Grade Salinity Probe
  • Lab Grade Double Junction pH Probe
  • Lab Grade Double Junction ORP Probe
  • Temperature Probe
  • Salinity and pH Calibration Solutions

Neptune Systems APEX Display Module

The APEX Display module is a sleek and compact way for you to interact with the APEX and control nearly every aspect of your aquarium. You’ll still be able to control your APEX from Neptune Systems’ aquarium command center, APEX Fusion, but it’s extremely handy to have the Display Module mounted near your tank to easily monitor parameters and control equipment without having to rely on your phone, tablet, or computer.

APEX Display Module Benefits:

  • New silver module casing
  • New orange backlit screen
  • Uses high-quality, mechanical buttons
  • Speaker inside has multiple audible alarms to alert you of a water leak, temperature fluctuation, etc.

Manufacturer information

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.

5 Stars


Reviewed on
July 04, 2020

Yes, I would recommend this.

Great product

Must have for me.... Has saved my reef on multiple occasions with the many add-ons possible. Also saves me time with automating many reef tank

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Reviewed on
February 13, 2020

Yes, I would recommend this.

Neptune Apex

Pros: Monitors vitals off tank accurately. Most stuff is plug and play.

Cons: Price. Need new videos for newer models and updated app. Most videos online are several years old. A lot has changed now that they have an app.

Easy to install and hook up. Definitely helps make my tank set up easier to maintain. Initial kit focuses on the basic needs of the tank and Neptune has lots of add ons for total control of the tank. The salt probe may take some tinkering after calibrating to register properly.

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Reviewed on
February 28, 2018

Yes, I would recommend this.

Apex Is Good!

Pros: Easy to set up and change module outputs to customize it the way you want

Cons: A Bit pricey but worth it

Just bought this package and i am so far impressed with the simplicity of how it hooks up. The wifi is very good ,but i also have it connected via ethernet as well .
Very pleased so far, a bit expensive, but worth Every penny!

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Reviewed on
January 30, 2018

Yes, I would recommend this.

Never again without a controller

Pros: Works great. does what it says on the box. Very expandable.

Cons: other than shelling out the money for it not a lot calibration can be a bit frustrating.

I have been keeping reef tanks since the early 90's and have always regarded controllers as an overly expensive luxury. When I set up my new tank after pricing out the controllers I needed on it to do what I wanted to do . It was almost the price of the Apex and I would not of had remote connectivity. So I bit the bullet and bought one. The setup was indeed a little frustrating but after I got it on the wifi it went better.
A few helpful hints
1. Do not calibrate your salinity probe right away. Allow to soak in your tank for a week. Watch the reading it will raise over time when it levels out then calibrate it.
2. when calibrating your salinity probe or any probe for that matter, float the calibration fluid so it is the same temp as your tank.
3. dont trust any probe with out back up and calibrate once a month.
4. if you use the solenoid valves remember these are diaphragm type valves and will not work without a pressure differential across them. In other words they will not work in gravity fed applications.
5.The display is great when you have wet hands and dont want to fumble for your phone.

All in all I will say its a great product with a good user base around it to answer your questions. I will not run another tank with out one. I have my display and my frag tank on one apex brain and it works great. In the last 6 months it has saved the tank 3 times so it has paid for itself at least once over.

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Reviewed on
October 19, 2017

Yes, I would recommend this.


Pros: wifi and fast tech support response from ticketing system

Cons: expensive up front

i really cant imagine not owning this. this controller makes my life so much easier now. its expensive up front, but its well worth its investment. trust me!

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