Next Generation Apex Controller

Next Generation Apex Controller

Next Generation Apex Controller

The Next Generation Apex is here and it’s simply called “The Apex”.  Neptune is not doing away with the “Classic Apex” but they have discontinued the Apex Gold and Standard Grade pH probe package.  Recently the Gold package went on sale for up to $100.00 off the regular price.

The new Apex has a price tag of $799.95 and it will include a new energy bar system called the Energy Bar 832.  Sold separately, the EB832 will cost $249.95 but it will not be available for several weeks after the initial Apex system release.

Some of the features included in the new Apex:

  • Prevents catastrophes by monitoring key parameters in your aquarium, takes corrective actions for you, and alerts you via your smart phone when things go off track.
  • Monitors your equipment – ensuring it is operating correctly at all times – and lets you know when it’s not.
  • Tracks your manual test results, maintenance, livestock purchases, and tank observations and helps you can correlate issues in your aquarium to the things that are happening inside.
  • Manages the full operation of equipment (lights, pumps, filters, ATO, etc.) on your tank with simple setup wizards and an easy to use app.
  • Takes the place of many costly and cumbersome discrete components such as light timers, heater controllers, pump controllers, etc.
  • Gives you the peace of mind to know how your aquarium is doing, instantly, from anywhere in the world.



For years Neptune has advocated a wired network connection to the Apex controller due to its superior reliability and they still do. However, for many people a wired connection is just not possible so Neptune have added WiFi into the platform.

Included on the package:

The Apex System includes probes for Temperature, pH, ORP, and Salinity. The pH and ORP probes are now double-junction as well so they hold calibration longer and have a longer lifespan than single-junction probes.


Energy Bar 832

Energy Bar 832

Neptune has built and redesigned the EB832 from the ground up and the unit includes eight 120V AC outlets and it includes an internal 100W 24VDC power supply as well. That power supply feeds three built-in 1LINK ports as well as two 24VDC accessory ports. Each individual outlet has power monitoring and there are individual LED indicators for each outlet.

About Author

Scott Groseclose is the owner of AquaNerd, Aquarium Specialty, Aqua Specialty Wholesale, BioTek Marine, & The Carolina Reef Experience. He has a degree in Biology from St. Andrews University and he has been a passionate reef keeper since 1988.