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- Aug 20, 2017
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Never Heard of it! Please share!Big fan the Reef Angel; been running it for two and half years now and really dont understand why more people dont give it a shot. For basic things like what you'd do with the RKL, it's super easy to program. With some knowledge, you can literally make it do what ever you want. The Star is $400.
Your argument sounds more like a reason why you would not need a expensive controller?. Since most equipment comes with a controller anyway right.So what are people wanting to do with the lower price point controllers? It seems like more and more equipment has it's own controller now than when RK was around I don't know personally if I would find the value in it. Of course I know some people will, but for the majority of us our lights have their own controller, the powerheads are DC and have programs, we have pretty nice all in one ATO and AWC like the smart aqua series that even have flood detection, high water detection and such. For heaters we have controllers that are not very expensive and can be used standalone or as a backup to conventional heaters. I know it would be nice to have these all in one spot, but that cost and complexity to develop is going to push the price up. I am just not sure in this environment there would be a huge gain, either use timer or fully buy into controllers with a higher price point and more integrated equipment the apex series has simply because the other gear has evolved so much.
Fair point. To counter, though, I would point out that BRS has a number of "branded" items, including dosing pumps, RODI systems, and their pharmaceutical grade reagents. I don't believe they manufacture any of them (except maybe reef chili), but they have experience sourcing OEM products. Distributing a computer system is WAY above what they've done so far, but if the team WANTED to, I'm not convinced they would bankrupt BRS in the attempt.A retailer is an unlikely savior to any original equipment manufacturer. Too different in business models, managerial, engineering, and marketing skills, and will likely run into conflict of interests in patents and other intellectual property rights.
I agree with Dave. I have two Reefkeeper RK2's, and while I originally used a whole lot of their features, as time went by I acquired lights with their own WIFI control... then Gyre pumps for water movement, also with their own control. Then ATO with its own control. Nowdays, the RK2's only control the heaters and monitor pH. But temperature control is where the RK really shines. I don't know of any controller at any price that will maintain temperature to 0.1 degrees F, and include the ability to switch items on and off if the temp goes out of range. For that feature alone, I continue to use them. I have no use for an Apex or its ridiculous price tag.But what everyone need is something to control a heater since they are so unreliable.
So you buy a temperature controller.. What does a good one cost? around 75 dollars so a RK lite was not too much more.
A Reefkeeper lite could do pretty much what any controller could do at the time with a add on module. I do not thin people really understood what it could do..
Let me know when you put your RA stuff up for sale. I've been running mine for 10 years now with nothing but rock solid performance.Reef angel is a cheaper option and runs as well as anything in the market .I recently upgraded to Apex and honestly probably shouldn't have..I have probably 3 complete reef angel units with multiple add ons from the standard to plus that are perfectly fine that are sitting in storage..Guess I bought into the hype and don't really know why.
It will all be for sale at a steal soon and will be someone's ticket into an awesome controller ( for at least two tanks ) at a serious discount. Honestly I feel the reef angel was easier to understand and program than the Apex due to the basic wizard they have and the owner is personally replying to you usually within 24 hours via the forum if you want something custom .
I agree most likely not a good business decision.As for how I feel about BRS bringing back the RKL I don't think its a good business decision for them. .
You got GHL and Ekoral and possibly Vertex.At this time I am only aware of 2 options Apex and Reef angel both seem to be very good but both are signficantly larger than what I need and way more than I would spend for what I need.
The do a great job but there is a still bias to the products they sell and that goes for anyone doing videos or what ever..They do a great job of providing independent advice on all the products they sell and when/ if they start producing their own products they will naturally, and understandably, have a bias towards their own stuff. .