View Full Version : Controller or VorTech

11/29/2009, 10:51 PM
I have a 46gl BF with two Koralia threes, a MAG5 on a CL, and a MAG5 for a return for flow. I’m looking at buying one of two things, An Apex Controller or a VorTech. My question is which to do first, the Apex or the Vortech? If I get the Vortech I will be removing the Koralia's and the CL. If I get the Controller I would be putting my new MH light with a dimmable ballasts and all the other toys that come with it, Temp and PH probes as well as my Koralia’s and the standard other equipment.


11/29/2009, 11:18 PM
Both are great.

Get a controller first tho. There are too many benefits to it.

Then save your pennies and get a mp40 later.

11/29/2009, 11:25 PM
Get the controller. Makes life alot easier.

11/30/2009, 12:28 AM
also why remove the closed loop?

11/30/2009, 06:46 AM
Controller hands down is more important to stability and ease of use/maintenance, but a vortech is certainly not a bad buy either.

11/30/2009, 09:53 PM
Thanks for the input.

As far as removing the CL, just to clean the tank up a little. It is a over the top CL because the tank isn't drilled. I figured with a VorTech that would give me plenty of flow adn in reef crest enough wave.


11/30/2009, 10:21 PM
+1 controller.

11/30/2009, 10:26 PM
So voting it 50/50 with one of the candidates voting for them self :-)

12/01/2009, 12:22 AM
Just figured I should say I have both. And love both.

I highly recommend the MP40 but after you get a controller.

12/01/2009, 12:53 AM
Controller then vortech

12/01/2009, 02:20 AM
controller first. it will hold its value longer.
there were quite a few vortech black friday deals for as low as $330 new, so wait and see the price for used ones drop.

12/01/2009, 06:01 AM
Controller first then I would go for the vortech, the automation will make things smoother.

12/01/2009, 07:36 AM
I would agree with controller first, then Vortech.

On that note, anyone know of good deals still available on new mp40w's?

12/02/2009, 10:14 PM
Yeppieeeeeee, my CoralVue SE 250W Finished Pendant Complete Retro Kit w/CoralVue dimmable ballast and Reeflux 12K bulb just came in. Now it's time to look for my controller :-)