Discussion in 'Reef Octopus' started by Bugger, Jan 16, 2017.
How do I hook my skimmer up to apex?
What type of skimmer do you have?
You should just be able to plug it into apex outlet and designate that outlet what it is, ie skimmer. It's extremely easy. Doesn't matter what kind of skimmer it is.
It is not quite the same in term of what you can control if he has a skimmer that uses a DC pump
Jeremy has a very good reason to ask that question.....
Can you elaborate? I have Reef Octopus 150-sss skimmer & have Vectra M1 return pump. Just have them plugged into Apex (I have 2 power bars 832). They stop at certain times for auto water changes, feeding, etc. How else would you want to control them? Maybe I'm not using its full potential.
Its the new model with the vario speed option. I saw the video your people made but it uses the old dashboard . Has that changed since the video was created
I think knowing what type of skimmer you have is really going to help get you your answer. If it has an AC driven pump, it super simple. Go into the outlet it's plugged into, select skimmer from the "control type" drop down menu, set the feed timer you want it on, the delay and defer times and you're set. I'm not sure how you set it up for a DC pump. My guess is that you're going to have to write some code.
EDIT: I'm an idiot. Model is in your title
Just because pump is DC doesn't mean you can control its speed thru Apex. Case and point vectra pumps (one I have that's a return pump). I can only plug it in and set various parameters such as when on off etc. But speed itself can only be controlled through vectra remote. For apex to work it would need to have appropriate interface module which not all pumps have. My maxspect gyre as example does have that module for apex which u have to purchase separately
the speed on the RO varios pumps can be controlled by APEX. Thats how i run mine. can dial it in from 0 - 100% with the apex. it overrides the stock dc pump controller.
Are you using the old dashboard in apex to control the pump Lovemycj7 or have they come out with something better yet
i only use apex fusion through my phone
Not all DC pumps are controllable by Apex, Vectra is 1 of them. The question is about "reef octopus and apex". And since the OP said it is 1 of "the new model with the vario speed option" skimmer, it has the 0-10v Input for 3rd Party Controller...This is I guess where the Apex comes in as the VarioS-2 Controllable Water Pump is Apex ready
Can you share your program? I have a regal pump connected to apex. Also, what percent to you run your pump at?
How did you connect it to apex
You need a cable like this one.
Follow these Directions
Are you using the old style interface
I believe that you need to access the apex dashboard to put in code for the variable speed port (jdmee shared the cable you will need).
So yes, I used the old style dashboard. Here is my code. Even though you can see it here with fusion, I had to use the old dashboard to input it initially. The other commands you see such as “skmr_rampup” and “skmrfeed” were created in the “profile setup”
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