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nikonosis
02/27/2011, 08:15 PM
60 gallon sps and softies

What would be a good calcium reactor and controller for that size tank? There is way more options than last time I was in hobby and its pretty confusing trying to sort them out.

votek
02/27/2011, 08:30 PM
neptune apex. Have heard fantastic things about it

Shard
02/27/2011, 08:36 PM
+1 for the Apex. I originally had most of my tanks on an RKE, but have since switched to the Apex. The Apex is a superior product by far.

Either way, a controller makes life so much easier these days. Once you have one, no matter what kind, you will wonder how you ever managed without it.

Hope this helps,
Landon

nikonosis
02/27/2011, 10:04 PM
The apex or the apex lite system? What is the difference between the 2?

nikonosis
02/27/2011, 10:37 PM
Is this calcium reactor worth a crap and is it large enough for a 60g?

http://coralvue.com/cr100/

Shard
02/27/2011, 10:43 PM
The apex or the apex lite system? What is the difference between the 2?

The software is the same, the only difference is in the hardware...

Apex Lite:
8 outlets
6 switch inputs
1 pH probe port
1 Temp probe port
1 Network port


Apex:
8 outlets
6 switch inputs
1 pH probe port
1 pH/ORP probe port
1 Temp probe port
4 VSP ports (to control Tunze or dimming LED/T5/etc lights)
1 Network port

You could always start with the Apex lite, then buy a PM1 module to give it the 4 VSP ports and pH/ORP port that comes with the regular Apex. (You would also have 6 more switch inputs then).

Hope this helps,
Landon

nikonosis
02/28/2011, 05:51 AM
The software is the same, the only difference is in the hardware...

Apex Lite:
8 outlets
6 switch inputs
1 pH probe port
1 Temp probe port
1 Network port


Apex:
8 outlets
6 switch inputs
1 pH probe port
1 pH/ORP probe port
1 Temp probe port
4 VSP ports (to control Tunze or dimming LED/T5/etc lights)
1 Network port

You could always start with the Apex lite, then buy a PM1 module to give it the 4 VSP ports and pH/ORP port that comes with the regular Apex. (You would also have 6 more switch inputs then).

Hope this helps,
Landon

Thank you, this actually helps a lot!

nikonosis
02/28/2011, 05:53 AM
anyone have any info on calcium reactors they could share?

Shard
02/28/2011, 07:10 AM
Nikonosis, where in NE FL do you live? We most likely live somewhat close to each other.

davidtsx
02/28/2011, 08:04 AM
Get a geo calcium reactor. +1 on the apex.

cubsare1
02/28/2011, 08:14 AM
Geo cal. reactor. Or that small of a tank it may be best to just dose a 2 part mix

DocG
02/28/2011, 09:30 AM
I love my geo calcium reactor for my big tank. For my 55 gallon office tank I use a BRS 2 part solution with a pair of dosing pumps. I like this solution better because it keeps the pH up. A gallon of the 2 part will last me for months.

For the controller I have a neptune AC3 which is what came before the Apex. It does a great job and from what I can see the Apex has a few more bells and whistles that makes it even more attractive. I have had it for at least 5 years now and the only thing I have needed to do was replace the temp probe and that was just recently. Other then that, it has been very reliable.

ludiNano
02/28/2011, 09:43 AM
GEO/ Apex

nikonosis
02/28/2011, 10:36 AM
Nikonosis, where in NE FL do you live? We most likely live somewhat close to each other.

Arlington in Jax

nikonosis
02/28/2011, 10:39 AM
which geo reactor? the cr612 is still fairly big for a 60g isn't it?