Apex Settings

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  1. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

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    I'd appreciate everyone's input on setting an Apex controller (HUGE thanks to @Vhuang168 ) ; there are eight outlets on the power bar. I'll get to the Fusion part some day.
    What do you have plugged in in each port? I have a DJ power strip that can be dedicated to other things running 24/7
    As far as equipment for the tank:
    Return pump (plugged on the DJ)
    CL pump
    Heater/s
    Skimmer
    Lights (Apex?)
    Sump light (Apex, still need to get those OxyLEDs from the eastbay guy/gal)
    CaRx (Apex? or stand-alone Milwaukee SMS pH Controller)
    ATO

    As I progress with the build, might add some T5's but first things first...
     
  2. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

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    I only plug in things into the Apex that need to be controlled by the Apex. Other things I just plug right into my DJ power strip.

    DJ strip:
    1. Cabinet light
    2. Light lights (my AI Hydra, which is controlled by the AI app)
    3. Pump for chiller/carbon/etc. <-- there's a water level switch on this pump (varios) so if the sump goes dry it'll shutoff, so no need for Apex control
    4. ATK power (I guess for the pump)
    5. Gyre backup battery
    6. DOS power supply
    7. DOS 2 power supply
    8. nothing

    Apex:
    1. Heater
    2. Gyre pump (the battery will keep it on though...)
    3. Skimmer
    4. Return pump
    5. Chiller
    6. Algae Reactor Light (always off now)
    7. Algae reactor cooling fan (extra precaution with those hot LEDs, which I don't use)
    8. U.V. Sterilizer (also not used, but just in case)

    I have a VDM that controllers return pump speed. It could probably also control my Gyre, but that already has the Maxspec advanced controller.
     
  3. NelsonCh

    NelsonCh Supporting Member

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    2heaters, 3 lights, return pump, refugium light, and skimmer.


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  4. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

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    You should also have 2 0-10v ports on the base unit as well which gives you a total of 4 ports and 8 channels.
     
  5. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

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    I have an Aquacontroller Jr. I don't think it has anymore?
     
  6. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

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    A Jr has no 0-10v ports.


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  7. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

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    Right! I was almost kicking myself for not checking before getting the VDM, but I remember now that was the case. I had pulled my Jr. out to see if it had any, no luck so bought the VDM.
     
  8. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

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    The Apex has power sensing if it's outlets doesn't it? If so you might want to consider plugging your return pump into the Apex as well even though you're not going to control it with the Apex, but simply being warned if the power changes, i.e. no power... uh oh, pulling more power than normal... some sort of resistance (clean it, check for blockage, etc)
     
  9. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

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    Unfortunately, only on the new energy bar which is not compatible with the Apex Jr. He would have to upgrade to the new base units.
     
  10. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

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    Ah ok, wasn't sure which Apex he had although knowing Mario he picked up an older version from someone some time ago and is only now dusting it off :D
     
  11. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

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    The Apex came from me.
     

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