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Old 02-04-2014, 05:57 PM   #1
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Who likes what when it comes to controllers?


I used to have a Reef Keeper Basic for my reef tank and am quickly wishing I never sold it now that I'm starting the planted tank. It would have been great for the temp controller and lighting. I'm now wanting to monitor PH since I'm going to add CO2 and I'm looking to add a power head that I may not want on all the time. Instead of spending on the money on a stand a lone heater controller, PH monitor, etc etc I rather just have a controller.

Who is using what and why? From a little reading on the forum the Apex seems like a nice option and a DIY adruino would be fun but I think I'm going to go for something that is proven to work and won't take much to figure out.
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Old 02-04-2014, 08:25 PM   #2
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Reefkeeper lite would serve your purposes, and then some.
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Old 02-05-2014, 03:19 AM   #3
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+1 on Reefkeeper Lite. Glad I kept mine from my reef days. Planning on using the RKL+ALC+SL1 to control my LED, ph probe and temp. Will eventually set it up to do automatic top-off. It's also nice to be able to put equipment like the circulation pumps or filters into stand-by mode for a few minutes when you're feeding.
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Old 02-05-2014, 04:14 AM   #4
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Hello Nick,
I am using a Milwaukee MC122 pH controller for mr CO2. SolarLux Controller for my LED lighting. My setup is pretty easy.
Check out my Journal.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...t=#post4914273
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:47 PM   #5
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Hello Nick,
I am using a Milwaukee MC122 pH controller for mr CO2. SolarLux Controller for my LED lighting. My setup is pretty easy.
Check out my Journal.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...t=#post4914273
Thanks! What's your tank's PH normally? I seen 7.8 source but your CO2 is actually bringing it down to 6.5? That's crazy. I'm adding CO2 soon, putting together the system now. Tank is around 7.4 and would love to get it down to 6.8-7.0 or so.
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Nick,
I ended up adjusting pH to 7.0, was using more CO2 than I wanted, and was still enough CO2 for great plant growth, due to lighting changes etc. was starting to grow BBA.
Bumped CO2 back up to give me a 6.8 pH
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Great, does your PH jump back up at night? I'm going to add CO2 and see where that takes me. I just made some RO water so going to test my PH test with that and might end up topping off the tank with RO to help bring it down some. I want it a bit lower for my Rams even though people are saying they'll do ok around 7.4
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had controllers on my reef tank ,first a brand i won't bring the name up because i don't want to bash the company. but it was junk. failed often.

Than got the APEX . Apex is super easy to operate, never failed and easy add on to . Would Highly Recommend APEX, they are first class all the way. when you have a question they are there to answer you and to help out. , awesome company.
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Just read up on the Apex setups. Man they seem REALLY nice but you certainly pay for it. Especially if you want to monitor PH.
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I have gotten an American Marine Pinpoint pH Controller...however the directions on their website is EXTREMLY vague. I need to set my pH at 6.4...but I cannot for the life figure out how to set the controller setpoints.

Can anyone offer any aid?
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Great, does your PH jump back up at night? I'm going to add CO2 and see where that takes me. I just made some RO water so going to test my PH test with that and might end up topping off the tank with RO to help bring it down some. I want it a bit lower for my Rams even though people are saying they'll do ok around 7.4
Hi Nick,
ph goes right back up to 7.8 at night.
However, CO2 induced pH changes really have no effect on the fish.
My GBRs have spawned in my non CO2 7.8 pH tank, as have some Apistogramma.
I had Apisto wigglers, but Ram eggs disappeared before hatching, so will they hatch at 7.8pH? I don't know.
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Thanks Mark. Not really trying to get them to breed. Just want them to be healthy and stress free.
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Thanks Mark. Not really trying to get them to breed. Just want them to be healthy and stress free.
Well,then! I definitely would not worry about changing water parameters!
Much more trouble than it is worth. My Rams are frisky, healthy, and vibrant!
I would, however, strongly recommend 50% weekly water changes!
And 82 to 84F temps.
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Currently doing %50 weekly changes and temp is 79 degrees. They had no problem at all acclimating to the tank. Eating like pigs and great color so no signs of stress thus far.
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Apex here... love it! I especially like I can control it from my phone when I'm not home.

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