Change can be a difficult thing and over the years I have certainly had my moments of resisting it…..this is true for life in general and, specifically, the reef aquarium hobby. Hey, I am still holding on to my metal halides 🙂 Nonetheless, I do believe change is a good thing when it makes sense. I have been tending to reef tanks for 25+ years and for most of that time I have been using a Neptune APEX controller to monitor my tank and control the equipment. But change is in the air.

Conversion to GHL Products

Recently I have gravitated towards GHL products, including the Doser 2.1  and KH Director. These high-end products have been extremely reliable, a good thing since they have made it easier for me to maintain and run my reef. So when my Neptune APEX began acting up (the display monitor started to wig out), I immediately thought about a switch to the GHL Profilux 4.


Yes, switching controllers seemed a bit daunting given my familiarity with APEX, but integrating the Doser 2.1 and KH Director with the Profilux seemed like a smart idea. I had also heard the Profilux was pretty intuitive to program, with drop down menus and boxes versus coding for an APEX. No more searching the reef tank forums for specific APEX code to program new equipment, yahoo!

GHL Profilux Ultimate Set

I don’t program a ton with my APEX, but that will likely change with the Profilux.

List of What I Will be Transitioning to Profilux 4

  • pH and temperature measurement.
  • Two water sensors (next to sump).
  • Float switch shut off valve for skimmer (prevents skimmer cup from overflowing into sump).
  • Skimmer pump startup delay (prevents cup from filling up after power outages).
  • Program light cycle for LEDs on Pax Bellum ARID Algae Reactor.
  • Control chiller.
  • Sump webcam. Nest Cam can be turned on to monitor problems remotely (camera has night vision so no lights are needed to view the sump).
  • Fan over frag tank  – Turns on if temperature hits a certain set point.
  • Alarms (emails and text messages for parameters out of whack or other emergencies such as a water sensor being triggered).

Stay tuned for further updates on my transition between controllers. In the meantime, check out my unboxing of the Profilux 4.

 

 

So that’s the skinny. One very important note to disclose, I do sell Profilux 4 controllers but I only sell or recommend products I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. If you would like more information or would like to purchase a Profilux 4, please visit the Equipment section on reefbum.com.

 

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If you are looking for additional insights and information, please explore my many other reef tank and SPS related articles as well as my book, A ReefBum’s Guide To Keeping an SPS Reef Tank: A Blueprint For Success. Additionally, you can see all of my reef tank videos online now as well as my Live HD Webcam. And if you are interested in purchasing affordable SPS frags that are pest-free and homegrown, you can visit my SPS Frag store.

 

Happy reef keeping!

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