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Old 08/31/2010, 12:01 PM   #1
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Post iPhone / iPad / Android Reef Apps

So far, these are the ones I have tried. Feel free to add posts about the apps you've tried, there are more and more popping up all the time.

iPhone Apps

Aquarium Abbreviations - 2/5 stars | Okay app, just has a list of the various abbreviations used in the hobby, mainly on the web. (LFS, DSB, etc) Don't expect anything more from this app.

Aquaria - 3/5 stars | Has a fairly clean interface, nice fish compatibility chart, and a place to record water tests. It also has a screen that averages the numbers you input. The page to record your test results could use a little tweaking. Also, a graphing function would be more useful than an averaging function, IMO.

Dose - 3/5 stars | This is Seachem's application. The GUI is clean and easy to use. It has dosing rates for all Seachem products - except for Reef Fusion 2-part! Why did they overlook this? Also they should allow the input of dKH for alkalinity, not just meq/L. Update this app and you have a solid dosing application for seachem products. Edit: It also has calculators for planted tanks.

ReefDoser - 3/5 stars | This app is off to a great start. It is similar to jdieck's web calculator. It has an easier to use interface, but it doesn't contain as many calcium and alkalinity supplements. However, it does have calculators for K, I, Sr, B, and silicate dosing. Again, could stand an update with some more products from which to choose.

aquaPlanner - 4/5 stars | I was given this app to test, and I really like it's concept. It's simple. Set the desired intervals for various aquarium maintenance chores, and the phone sends you reminders to actually do them. When you complete a particular task (e.g. change the activated carbon), you click the respective reset button, and the clock starts ticking again. The app works well, and is a good reminder tool for the novice / intermediate hobbyist.

For advanced aquarists, I would like to see some user-editable content in the app. For example, one could maybe change "Chemi-Pure" to "Biopellets" and be able to numerically assign the time intervals, instead of using sliders. Also, adding and removing reminders to suit one's individual tank would be the key, like adding a "clean the sump" reminder.

iPad Apps

Coral Magazine - 5/5 stars | So far, this is the only iPad reef app I've seen and it is a fantastic e-magazine. They grouped the articles together for easy browsing, and it easily sucked up an hour of the day yesterday. It's nothing flashy, but as an e-mag (e-zine?) it works flawlessly as promised.


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Old 08/31/2010, 12:11 PM   #2
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This thread is the best I could find for Blackberry apps.

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh....php?t=1806561


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Old 08/31/2010, 12:33 PM   #3
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What about the Neptune Apex app. You can control the whole tank from your phone, and on the android version you can have a widget on your home screen showing you the temp and ph at all times.


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Old 08/31/2010, 12:37 PM   #4
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What about the Neptune Apex app. You can control the whole tank from your phone, and on the android version you can have a widget on your home screen showing you the temp and ph at all times.
The aquanotes app for Neptuen systmes is awesome!!


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Old 08/31/2010, 12:47 PM   #5
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Good to know! Thanks for the update.


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Old 09/01/2010, 04:14 PM   #6
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What about the Neptune Apex app. You can control the whole tank from your phone, and on the android version you can have a widget on your home screen showing you the temp and ph at all times.
+1 this is the best App


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Old 09/01/2010, 06:43 PM   #7
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I wish they had more quality apps for us low-tech guys not using a RKE or ACII module to run our setups. Like a nice logbook with places for pictures to monitor the qualitative characteristics of our tanks (algae growth, coral color, fish behavior).


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Old 09/01/2010, 07:33 PM   #8
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Like a nice logbook with places for pictures to monitor the qualitative characteristics of our tanks (algae growth, coral color, fish behavior).
I think many would argue that's not a suitable app for mobile use. Desktop, laptop, maybe even Netbook, but not really a mobile device app.

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Old 09/01/2010, 07:37 PM   #9
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But with most smart phones, that information could be easily captured with a built in camera and date stamped.


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Old 09/01/2010, 09:27 PM   #10
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Invert Pocket Reference
iPhone App.
Some good info on Inverts (surprise!)
Needs more inverts added to the list. It has not been updated for almost 1 year now, so I don't think they will make any additions any time soon.
I would say 3.5/5 stars


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What exactly can you control from your iphone with the apex app? I'm looking into getting an apex system


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Old 09/02/2010, 08:31 AM   #12
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What exactly can you control from your iphone with the apex app? I'm looking into getting an apex system
Pretty much anything!


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Pretty much anything!
+1 -- If it connects to the Apex, it can be controlled.

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Old 09/02/2010, 07:11 PM   #14
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Old 09/03/2010, 12:50 PM   #15
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I saw some posts saying that it did not work fully with the Apex system because the Apex has a web server built in...anyone using this app with the Apex Lite system?


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Anything for android yet?


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Old 09/03/2010, 08:17 PM   #17
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Anything for android yet?
There is the reef ready calc, but it does volume, GPH of flow, and sand depth based on dimensions. Not sure what else yet.

Oh, then there are a few wallpaper apps of reefs


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Old 12/28/2010, 04:49 PM   #18
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iPad Apps

Coral Magazine - 5/5 stars | So far, this is the only iPad reef app I've seen and it is a fantastic e-magazine. They grouped the articles together for easy browsing, and it easily sucked up an hour of the day yesterday. It's nothing flashy, but as an e-mag (e-zine?) it works flawlessly as promised.

If possible, can I get a mod to move the above ^ to the original post?


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Old 12/28/2010, 04:56 PM   #20
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Come on, devs! Lets get some iPad / retina display apps out there.

What I would love: a way to log data (like activities performed on the tank), record pictures, graph the data, and find correlations between causes and effects using an iPad interface.


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Old 12/28/2010, 04:57 PM   #21
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Just bought the Apex App for the Droid. Works great. Nice to have everything as a widget right on my home screen. Opened up the port for my Apex and now I'll be able to keep an eye on it even when traveling. Thanks for this great thread.


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Thanks for the app review. Keep them coming. I don't have a controller, so anyone else who runs these Apex apps, please chime in!


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Old 12/30/2010, 10:30 AM   #23
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Just bought the Apex App for the Droid. Works great. Nice to have everything as a widget right on my home screen. Opened up the port for my Apex and now I'll be able to keep an eye on it even when traveling. Thanks for this great thread.
Do you know if this works for a Palm pre phone? Do you have to rebuy the app if you change phones? Also do you download from your phone or computer?

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Thanks for the comments on the Aqua Notes. I'll check it out, since I just got the Apex.


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Apex without aqua notes is like car without gas.


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