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https://www.neptunesystems.com/pmk/

 

PMK :: PAR Monitoring Kit

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Features and Benefits:

 

  • Performs continuous light-level monitoring for your aquarium
  • Measures actual PAR – the light corals and plants use
  • Prevents burning out corals
  • Includes ASM – the new Advanced Sensors Module
  • PAR sensor hides nicely in aquarium inside Real Reef Rock
  • Fine tune your lighting to your aquariums’s needs
 

 

 

Continuous light-level monitoring for your aquarium

With the PAR Monitoring kit you can monitor and log your aquarium’s light levels 24 hours a day! The perfect tool to fine tune your lighting on your tank. Now you now can adjust your lights with the confidence of knowing you will not be giving too much or too little light to your corals and plants.

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Measures Actual PAR – The Light Corals and Plants Use

The Apex with the PMK measures actual PAR. PAR stands for photosynthetically Active Radiation. This is the light from 400 to 700 nanometers that organisms are able to use for photosynthesis – this includes the zooxanthellae algae that lives inside your corals. Other measurements like LUX are not useful at all as they measure just the light visible to the human eye.

 
 

 

 

 

Prevent Burning Out Corals!

At certain parts of the specturm, the human eye cannot perceive light intensity changes once the light level exceeds a certain point. Too often this causes people to adjust their LED lights far past the ideal PAR level for their corals or plants. This usually results in burning, bleaching and/or death. With the PMK you can adjust your lights while monitoring exactly what light is affecting your corals and plants throughout the day. Also, not all corals are alike. Each type of coral has its own range of light intensity that makes it happy or not. The chart on the right shows this phenomenon without getting all technical.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
  Rugged Sensor Hides Inside Real Reef Rock

Sensors and probes are great in our aquariums, we just don’t want to see them! That’s why we usually put them down below in the sump. Not possible here. Knowing this we had the guys at Real Reef Rock design a custom piece of rock to hide the sensor in your aquarium. Now you can monitor light 24/7 and never see the sensor!

 
 

 

 

 

24/7 Light Monitoring!

 

Track your light levels over time. With the PMK you track and log PAR 24/7. Now you easily go back and look at how you had your lights running last week. Even better you can compare your light output across the day with others who use the PMK and then compare light schedules and LED settings.

 

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No more guesswork!

If you control your lighting with the Apex, you are in for an added bonus. The lighting wizard in Apex Fusion shows you your previous days light level across the day superimposed with the light wizard graph. Up until now you had to pretty much wing it when it came to making adjustments. Now you can easily make lighting changes and see the effects of those changes in one simple interface!  If you don’t have it already, this is one major reason to start controlling your lighting with the Apex. There are many Apex Ready light choices available. Some of the wireless lights like those from AquaIlluminations and EcoTech Marine even have their own Apex control modules (AWM and WXM).

 
 

 

 

 

Includes the newly released Advanced Sensors (ASM) Module!

More information will be released on this module in the future but in short this new module allows for hundreds of different types of future Neptune Systems and current 3rd-party sensors to be connect to your Apex and have their data logged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kit Includes: ASM – Advanced Sensors Module NPS – Neptune PAR Sensor Real Reef Rock 6′ AquaBus Cable

 

Requires Apex, Apex Lite, or Apex Jr.

 

 

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Hahah, sell coral or old garage equipment!  We all have that corner of the garage dedicated to thing we might just need some day for our reef.

 

Seriously though, I buckled down to buy the base unit.  Then over time, added things here and there.  That made it feel less painful!

 

I am curious if the apogee meter will grow algae, especially coraline and how that can be cleaned (vinegar soak ... guessing)

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$299 is reasonable. The more I think about it though it's kinda pointless to have a reading on one specific spot all the time, I'd rather have a hand held and place corals accordingly.

 

I also don't have any cords in my tank and I'd like to keep it that way.

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You would leave it in one spot for a day or two to measure par readings then move elsewhere and do the same. That would show you par levels throughout a full light cycle.

Then would you test it every once in a while to see if the bulbs are close to needing replaced?

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Hahah, sell coral or old garage equipment!  We all have that corner of the garage dedicated to thing we might just need some day for our reef.

 

Seriously though, I buckled down to buy the base unit.  Then over time, added things here and there.  That made it feel less painful!

 

I am curious if the apogee meter will grow algae, especially coraline and how that can be cleaned (vinegar soak ... guessing)

 

Rubbing Alcohol http://www.apogeeinstruments.com/knowledge-base/#technicalfaqs

 

Glad to see this come out. We've been doing a lot of research in the lighting from apogee lately. PAR has been interesting to understand, eps with LEDs being the common lighting method now and how water plays a role.

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$299 is reasonable. The more I think about it though it's kinda pointless to have a reading on one specific spot all the time, I'd rather have a hand held and place corals accordingly.

 

I also don't have any cords in my tank and I'd like to keep it that way.

 

Went in with Roy and JR on the apogee, three way split as we live close to each other.  Total cost was 200

 

http://premiumaquatics.com/products/biotek-marine-btm3000-par-sensor-15-usb-cable.html

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Want to know how accurate it is and what kind of spectral error it has. Apogee claims their meters are accurate in 370-665nm (not the full PAR useful 400-700), with a 8% error. This leaves out some important light according the RQE. More expensive meters starting around $800 will be accurate from 300-1000nm, no error. Still gives a relative idea, which is good. Wonder if this holds true for this meter?

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