I'm planning on purchasing the Felix Smart "Lite - Smart Controller + Monitor" tomorrow afternoon. I'd love to know if anyone here gotten one and what has their experience been.
I am thinking about a controller for a new saltwater tank (very very early stages) but I'm not sure what the felix brings to the table. It monitors temperature, ph, ammonia, and par. I mean... a par meter is nice if you don't have one but the felix costs a lot for being a par meter. Having a ph controller lets you set up your co2 differently if that is your preference but its hardly needed once you dial in a system. As for ammonia... if it ever reads anything other then zero, chances are very good its either a disaster you are too late to do anything about, or its a malfunction. Does it do anything else? I know George Farmer was pushing this thing for a while and as originally billed it was supposed to have some kind of behavior software to watch fish for changes that signify disease. Did that ever come to fruition?I'm planning on purchasing the Felix Smart "Lite - Smart Controller + Monitor" tomorrow afternoon. I'd love to know if anyone here gotten one and what has their experience been.
With my discount it's a much more palatable deal.I just can't justify the cost.
Yes, that is what got me looking in the first place.I think what really appealed to me was the app itself, just being able to real time monitor the ph and have it turn off or warn you if there is not enough.
I'm pretty sure Felix uses the Seneye monitor. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.I've been looking at Felix, Apex and Seneye...
I was hoping to get the pH monitor setup to control the CO2. Though I did see one guy on YouTube that said he couldn't get it dialed in and ended up setting it to the light schedule the same way I already have it setup on a smart plug. I'm hoping get better than what I already have with a $20 smart plug.It's the ability to see the ph on an app on my phone when I'm away from it, get a warning when things are off, and turn the co2 off with a smart plug if needed.
Just curious how you plan on using IFTTT. I assume you're talking about something separate than what Felix uses internally? Stringing the various apps together that are used by a high tech tank? My apologies, this is all new and interesting to meThe combination of pH, PAR, temp and water level, combined with IFTTT
Felix is supposed to use IFTTT. What, or how, I could use that was one of the things I was hoping to discuss with someone already doing it. I imagine I could get a pH reading 12 hours after CO2 turned off. Then setup the pH to monitor a 1 point pH drop to turn the CO2 on/off.Just curious how you plan on using IFTTT.
Yup. Kinda why I wanted to talk about it with someone using one.They don't divulge anything about their Ammonia (NH3) Sensor? Thermo-Fisher makes one, but it's not cheap.
They also give warnings about pH... that the signal is inaccurate with a GH under 6.
The device looks nice, but they are really light on specifics on their website.
I'm a techie, and I could probably figure something like this out, but I don't want to. LOL! It's cool though and I'm totally geeked by you doing it. I just don't have the time, space or patience for a project like that these days.I just developed my own using a RaspberryPi4B, Atlas-Scientific Sensors, NCD io relay boards, and NodeRED software, But of course it's more costly than this one and I haven't invested allot in making the software fully featured in terms of connectivity (still working on logging data via MQTT, etc..).
Yeah, it was allot of work. And you can go cheaper and faster just buying one.I'm a techie, and I could probably figure something like this out, but I don't want to. LOL! It's cool though and I'm totally geeked by you doing it. I just don't have the time, space or patience for a project like that these days.
Nice post, thank you. I have seen reports of low pH and low KH are an issue. My pH is right in that area so I'm not sure the smart controller's Seneye monitor will work. And it indeed it is Seneye. If it doesn't Felix has a stand alone pH probe that I'll look into further. I think it may be helpful for other if I post updates on how everything ends up working for me.I have a Seneye Reef SUD Version 3 that I use on a freshwater planted, KH =1, PH =7.4 degassed, PH =6.0 ready to Rock n Roll. I also use a American Marine Inc. Pinpoint PH Controller. The Seneye Reef PH slide does not work properly with my set up. It is confirmed by Seneye that their PH slide does not work with low KH and or PH lower than 6.5. The reason I state this is because it appears that the "Felix Smart Controller" uses a licensed version of the Seneye, it looks identical except for the color of the plastic on the top. Search Seneye reviews and you will find that the only redeming quality is the PAR meter. This is the reason I purchased it and for that it works great. Side note the SUD version 4 of the Seneye had issues with the firmware so reported the PAR incorrectly. The newest out now is SUD version 6. I have a version 3 which is uneffected same with the version 2.
In conclusion you will want to check with "Felix" and confirm my suspicions about using a rebranded Seneye. If all you need out of the SUD is a PAR meter make sure its not a version 4.
yeah... I'm at the 6.7 mark where I think it may work, but then again maybe it won't and I've wasted my money there."If your kH is under 6 degrees, most readings from any test may be inaccurate" is kind of a dealbreaker.
If that ends up being the only thing the monitor works for then I'll probably end up making any lighting changes and pull it from the tank. For sure no reason to have it just for that.Leaving a PAR meter in the tank all the time is an odd idea, no?
I have an IFTTT account, but I don't think I'll need it for this. But maybe... Pump dosing would be a huge deal and very cool. I definitely want to figure out how to incorporate an auto doser and auto feeder for when I'm on vacation this summer. Though it doesn't look like it would be a simple solution does it?There seem many features missing in relation to an Apex -- pump/light dimming, the range of accessory modules (autofeeder, dosing pump, leak detector), I/O port for aftermarket/DIY switches, data logging, outlet expansion that doesn't require an IFTTT account.
I have little to no room where the tank is. It's a waterbox all-in-on 20g cube on an open stand. I'm trying to avoid modular unless I can put stuff in the basement underneath where the tank sits.Getting even more tangential to the original question, the Hydros might be worth looking at, too -- a very modular approach.
Right. That same granular control is something I don't think can be done yet through the Felix Smart app. I suppose one could set an auto doser for time and amount AND THEN (provided the monitor prob works) turn on power to the doser when conditions warrant ferts. Something I plan to look into...Well, a dosing pump can be plugged into any controllable outlet. The Apex has a proprietary unit (that I've not used, BTW) that can be programmed by ml through the app, so control is more sophisticated.