Not the exact same functionality... but if you're looking into building your own controller for a fraction of the price with comparable functionality, @Ranjib is doing some awesome stuff with Reef-Pi. Huge community over there that has all sorts of great solutions for aquarium automation.Do you have an alternative controller that has the same functionality? ( I ask because I may be in the market one day soon)
This touches on my main concern with a merger like this... I've always relied on BRS for in-depth, honest takes on products I'm considering buying for my aquarium. I didn't realize things like removing reviews were already going on.Like you I feel they need to concentrate on making the Apex more robust and reliable. All the accessories have pretty much proven to be low quality items sold at a premium. Sadly it is unlikely as Ryan was talking about a Neptune skimmer in the video. Clearly they have been in bed together a long time. Valid negative reviews of Neptune products have been removed for a long time.
I've watched multiple other channels/sites throughout the years, but BRS had consistently been the best source for real investigation, not just "Hey, look at this new toy the company sent us for free to say nice things about!"
That sort of objectivity/investigation is completely out the window now that they'll be reviewing their own products... On that point, does anyone happen to have other good places for "investigative reefing" channels/sources?