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I was trying to, but the APEX told me 

"Hey dummy, wake up, you are outta CO2"

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So I woke up and  checked and sure enough, it needed a change.

 

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So I changed the bottle (everyone should have a spare right?)

It just reminded me how many cool things that APEX does, and how truly easier reef keeping is for a busy person with automation.   

So I figured I would post a tribute to APEX over the years by sharing some cool personal experiences scattered throughout the archives here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I only got into reefing in early 2018, but glad I started from day 1 with an Apex.  I've automated so many aspects of my tank and occasionally get alerts from Apex that I had forgotten I even set up!

Here are some of the things it alerts me on:

  • Temperature too low or too high
  • pH too low or too high
  • Salinity too low or too high
  • Skimmate locker full (and it shuts down the skimmer)
  • Refugium too full (when its drain gets clogged)
  • Sump water level too low or too high
  • ATO runs longer than expected
  • Power outage (and when the generator automatically comes on)
  • Water leak in cabinet or under carpet
  • Sump powerhead stalled (a cheap little powerhead to help disperse 2-part, and when it's jammed up the power consumed goes above 5 watts)
  • Saltwater mixing station tank empty
  • RO/DI storage tank empty or too full

I love automation.

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7 hours ago, SuncrestReef said:

I only got into reefing in early 2018, but glad I started from day 1 with an Apex.  I've automated so many aspects of my tank and occasionally get alerts from Apex that I had forgotten I even set up!

Here are some of the things it alerts me on:

  • Temperature too low or too high
  • pH too low or too high
  • Salinity too low or too high
  • Skimmate locker full (and it shuts down the skimmer)
  • Refugium too full (when its drain gets clogged)
  • Sump water level too low or too high
  • ATO runs longer than expected
  • Power outage (and when the generator automatically comes on)
  • Water leak in cabinet or under carpet
  • Sump powerhead stalled (a cheap little powerhead to help disperse 2-part, and when it's jammed up the power consumed goes above 5 watts)
  •  Saltwater mixing station tank empty
  • RO/DI storage tank empty or too full

I love automation.

Great list!  That's awesome.  This one was new to me:

'Sump powerhead stalled (a cheap little powerhead to help disperse 2-part, and when it's jammed up the power consumed goes above 5 watts)'

 

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34 minutes ago, TheClark said:

Great list!  That's awesome.  This one was new to me:

'Sump powerhead stalled (a cheap little powerhead to help disperse 2-part, and when it's jammed up the power consumed goes above 5 watts)'

 

Yes, Apex programming can react to power consumption on any device plugged into the 120v outlets on the EB832.  This feature is not available on the older power bars.

If Output EB_7_SMP_FLO Watts > 5 Then OFF

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46 minutes ago, SuncrestReef said:

Yes, Apex programming can react to power consumption on any device plugged into the 120v outlets on the EB832.  This feature is not available on the older power bars.

If Output EB_7_SMP_FLO Watts > 5 Then OFF

Ya that's killer.  I have 5 of the older EB8s.  Would be very expensive to upgrade :)

 

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7 hours ago, SuncrestReef said:

Yes, Apex programming can react to power consumption on any device plugged into the 120v outlets on the EB832.  This feature is not available on the older power bars.

If Output EB_7_SMP_FLO Watts > 5 Then OFF

That is pretty trick...

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