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Neptune AquaController Apex Lite
Price: $369.95


To get more familiar with this quality professional grade Neptune AquaController Apex Lite.

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Apex Lite System Contents
  • 1 Apex Lite Base Unit
  • 1 Temperature Probe
  • 1 Apex Display Module w/ 10' AquaBus cable
  • 1 EnergyBar 8
  • 1 6' AquaBus cable
  • 1 Owner's Manual
  • Connectivity
  • Ethernet Interface
  • Embedded Web Server
  • Only controller with web browser Monitoring, Control & Configuration.
  • Email Alarms
  • Most expandable Controller.
  • Up to 240 modules, hundreds of probes, and thousands of controlled outlets.
  • Simple menu driven Configuration
  • No program language knowledge required.
Robust Timers
  • Simulates Sunrise/sunset
  • Simulates moon cycle
  • Wave Maker and Random timed cycles
  • Still water feed mode (multiple modes)
Ultimate Control
  • Monitor/Control Temperature, pH
  • Digital Calibration on all probes
  • Seasonal temp & lighting control
  • Flexible Control Options
Apex Lite System
  • The Apex Lite System delivers a professional quality controller at hobbyist prices.
  • Built-in Ethernet
  • Integrated Ethernet port
  • Most advanced web server available
  • Interactive flash graphing application in the web server
  • Interfaces with AquaNotes iPhone application
  • Compatible with all Major web browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari)
  • Only aquarium controller with web server monitoring, control, and configuration
  • Compatible with wireless bridges or game adapters (802.11x) so that wireless network communication is possible
  • Email or text message alarms
  • Email alarms or audible alarms when Energy Bar power fails
  • Interactive flash graphing application in the web server
  • Interfaces with AquaNotes iPhone application
  • RSS and XML Support
  • Very simple menu driven configuration
  • Menus to easily setup pumps, lights, heater, chiller, co2, etc
  • No programming required for configuration
  • Can name the outlets (unlike competing products)
  • Can be configured through LCD Display or a standard web browser
  • In advanced mode an enhanced AquaController programming language is available
  • Sophisticated non standard control available
  • Virtual Outlets allow even more complex control options
Monitor/Control - pH, Temp

The base unit includes software which is capable of monitoring pH, and temperature. The monitored data is continuously displayed on the large LCD display and also logged into the internal nonvolatile memory for later retrieval. All probes support digital calibration.

Galvanic isolation on probes

Galvanic isolation on the probes results much more reliable and accurate probe readings. While these features increase costs we feel that probe accuracy is absolutely critical for monitoring/controlling your tank, unlike many competing aquarium controllers.

State of the Art Electronics Integration
  • Only 32 bit processor on an Aquarium controller
  • Over 16 times more code space & 5X faster than competitive controllers
  • The huge code space means that future expandability is ensured
  • Over 16 times data storage memory than the competition
  • 1 year's worth of data logs can be stored internally
New Enhanced Control Functionality
  • Day of Week functionality
  • Sub minute control added on EnergyBar controlled devices
  • Default outlet state for all EnergyBar outlets
  • Second resolution control
Sunrise and Sunset Simulation

The Apex has a special control function which can be used to simulate the varying lengths of days throughout the year. This feature is used to make the length of daylight hours longer in the summer than in the winter. This results in a more realistic simulation of natural lighting variations.

Moon Cycle Simulation

The Apex has another special control function which can be used to simulate the moon cycle in your tank. The lunar simulator is used for this feature and is capable of varying the intensity of light emitted from its LEDs. The intensity variations are controlled by the Apex which is preprogrammed with correct intensity values for each day of the moon cycle. The Apex automatically updates the intensity value depending upon the current setting of the Apex's clock. With this artificial moon cycle, it is possible to induce corals and fish to spawn.


Each pump to be controlled can either have a random or fixed time period. Both the on and off times are fully programmable and can range from 1 minute to 4 hours in 1 minute increments. Four independent variable length feed timer cycle scan be initiated with the press of a button and will disable some or all of the pumps in the system (programmed by the user).

6 Digital Inputs

The Apex comes equipped with 6TTL level external inputs which can be used to activate/deactivate equipment in response to an external stimulus. Applications for these inputs include connection to water level float switches, water pressure and flow sensors, and water on the floor sensors. The Apex can be configured to signal alarms or turn on/off appliances in the event of external switch open or closure.

Modular Expansion through AquaBus
  • High reliability protocol with robust error correction
  • Virtual unlimited expandability. The most expandable controller.
  • Plug and Play AquaBus modules are automatically recognized and configured
  • Cable lengths over 200 feet
  • Expandable to 240 AquaBus modules
  • Add optional modules to monitor Hundreds of Probes
  • Add additional EnergyBars to control thousands of outlets
  • All AquaBus modules allow for easy firmware updates
  • Probe modules available (or in development) for additional Temperature, pH, ORP, Conductivity, and dissolved oxygen probes
  • Module firmware updates done through AquaBus. No need to disassemble controller, and individually update modules
Backward Compatibility
  • All AquaController 3 accessories work with the AquaController Apex. One major design consideration was to maintain backwards compatibility to protect existing customer's investment in AquaController compatible equipment.
  • I/O port expansion backwards compatible with PX 1000
  • Compatible with the breakout box
  • Integrated control port - All control port accessories (DC8, DC4, DC4HD, AquaSurf, Lunar Sim)
AquaBus Features
  • Two AquaBus connectors for easy expansion, and flexible cabling options
  • Plug and Plug bus allows for modular expansion.
Updateable Firmware
  • Firmware updates via Ethernet
  • Flash memory so new features can be easily added
  • All AquaBus modules allow for easy firmware updates
  • No need to unplug/rewire devices to perform the firmware update (unlike the competition)
Alternate power port on Apex Lite Base Unit
  • In power failure situations Alarm emails can still be sent
  • Can detect power failures in EnergyBars
  • Internal rechargeable backup battery retains clock
  • Graph probe/device data on the LCD display
Compact Size
  • 7.5" x 2.6" x 1.10"
AquaDisplay Features
  • Sleek and Stylish case
  • 7 mechanical buttons for speedy and flexible user interface
  • 128 x 64 Graphical Backlight display
  • Displays datalog graphs
  • 4 Highly customizable status displays
  • Placement of probe names and icons can be selected by user
  • Can scroll manually scroll between different status screens or automatically scroll through them
  • User adjustable contrast and backlight settings
  • Backlight can be dimmed at night.
  • User selectable tones/songs for different warning/error types
  • Multiple displays can be used on one system
  • All remote displays have the same functionality as the primary display
  • (i.e. can configure, graph, initiate feed cycles, etc. from all displays)Apex Systems Specification
  • Compact size 3.40" x 4.05" x 0.65"
  • Mounting holes for easy attachment to wall/stand
EnergyBar 8 Features

The EnergyBar 8 module features 8 independently controllable outlets. With power failure detection, active electrical current monitoring, and failsafe features make this power bar far better than any competing units.

  • 8 independently controllable 120V Outlets (Max 5 Amps, total current must be less than 15 Amps)
  • Plug and Play
  • Built-in 6 Port hub so that accessories can be easily added
  • Less than $20.00 per controllable outlet (Best in Industry)
  • Active electrical current monitoring and logging
  • Fail-safe features. On communication failures outlets revert to user settable default settings
  • High reliability direct wired connection to the Apex System(does not use X10)
  • Completely Silent Operation on 6 of the solid state switched outlets
  • Two of the outlets use mechanical relays for switching
  • "Soft-Start" for reduced pump wear
  • Up to 240 EB8s can be daisy chained together for up to 1920 switched outlets
  • All 8 outlets independently controllable
  • Built-in circuit breaker.
  • 4 Mounting Holes for easy installation
  • Compact custom aluminum enclosure (10.0" x 3.75" x 1.8")
Features Apex Jr Aqua Lite Apex
Temperature Monitor/Control X X X
pH Monitor/Control Optional with PM1 X X
2nd pH Probe Monitor/Control Optional with PM1 Optional with PM1 X
ORP Monitor/Control Optional with PM1 Optional with PM1 X
Conductivity/Salinity Monitor/Control Optional with PM2 Optional with PM2 Optional with PM2
Dissolved Oxygen Monitor/Control Optional with PM3 Optional with PM3 Optional with PM3
Display Optional Graphical (8x20) Graphical (8x20)
Ethernet Port X X X
Web Server (Monitor/Control/Configure with browser) X X X
Email Alarms X X X
Flash Memory for Easy Firmware updates X X X
Digital Inputs 6 Optional with PMx 6 6
Moon Simulation X X X
Seasonal Temperature Variation X X X
Seasonal Sunrise/Sunset X X X
Maximum Controlled Devices 5 240 240
Datalogging X (1,000s of entries) X (10,000s of entries) X (10,000s of entries)
Alternate Power Source   X X
Variable Speed/Dimming Port (0-10v) Optional with VDM Optional with VDM 4
Legacy Support (D4HD, DC8)   X X