Should Bulk Reef Supply Resurrect ReefKeeper?

Discussion in 'Bulk Reef Supply' started by Richard Hercher, Feb 18, 2019.

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  1. Yes, BRS ReefKeeper is a match made in heaven!

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  2. No, let the past die.

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  1. Chuk

    Chuk Active Member SCAA Member

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    I am aware of the GHL but last time I checked the profilux doesn't come with the switchable outlets so I didn't count that one. You would have to buy a separate switchable power bar and use the relays in the GHL to turn them on and off. Ekoral I believe is only a couple of years old and the starter kit is like $700.
     

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    hart24601 Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    A finnex controller is $45 off amazon, I think inkbirds are 30 bucks, plug a eheim heater in there and you have your heater and the backup. Finnex even has an audible alarm if temps go too high or low.

    Back to my point with the other gear having so much control built in, I just don't think there would be a huge demand for RK in the current equipment market with new hobbyists. It had its day, I owned some years ago, but aside from a dedicated minority I don't see a very large market for these now.
     
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    Finnex is garbage I have one.. I do not own a ink bird but I do not because so many have had issues with them, like I said good ones.
    Replacing a garbage thermostat on a heater with garbage controller still equals garbage.
     
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    hart24601 Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    Lol, so you like reefkeepers?

    My experience is that I have been using three finnex controllers for over 5 years now, two on discus tanks and one on a reef. Never had any issues. Not a single one.

    Ironically I tossed my RK because the heater probe stopped working twice, so it went in the garbage. So quite clearly our impressions of garbage are considerably different. Never did figure out if the issue was in the probes or my RK unit, but considering I was using it as a timer, wasn't worth it. Tried to give it away but no one locally wanted it.
     
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    I think something simple has a power strip or has a wall outlet so you can plug in a DJ strip,maybe a temp and ph probe at most.

    Idk I'm simple,and have always wanted a simple controller but could never afford one. I know DIY is a option but that's just too much work.
     
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    Even though I own a Reef keeper Lite, I did not like the fact that it is not that expandable. That said It would be nice to have support for the equipment that is out there. I am seriously considering going to Reef PI on the raspberry PI platform. With blue tooth included I can use my computer or phone to access what is going on in my tank.
     
  7. Richard Hercher

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    Have you checked out this thread? https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/reef-pi-base-boards.499890/page-22
     
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    MnFish1 Valuable Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019 Build Thread Contributor

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    Frankly - I think controllers as a whole are over rated - I have an Apex no offense to them - I'm on replacement # 3 - with each failure causing deaths and weeks worth of problems. Which means I re-learned the lesson I read in an article here (I think) talking about the advantages and disadvantages of controllers in general. I tend to use my Apex to monitor temp (and oversee heater - as you mention) - but I have given up on it controlling lights, pump flow, dosing, etc. I have my equipment plugged into the Apex - only for the reason that it allows me to quickly turn off/on components during water changes, maintenance. Having read multiple stories about how people have had their ATO mess up - or their dosing pump, etc I just don't trust them (or any other brand) - before the Apex fans attack en masse - its only my opinion. I'm sure lots of people have success with them.
     
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    MnFish1 Valuable Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019 Build Thread Contributor

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    Assume you mean an eheim with its own temp controller. The finnex temp controller is quite nice.
     
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    It would be nice if you explained 'why' finnex is garbage. Accuracy? reliability? you dont like the name? What? If you have one - are you still using it? why?

    I have a finnex controller with a titanium heater - plugged into an apex as backup. Frankly the Finnex is more accurate (when tested with a 3rd thermometer - than the apex)
     
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    Hey guys I have a ReefKeeper elite v2 that I'm not using if anyone needs it make me an offer
     
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    siggy The more I learn the dumber I become R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 R2R Secret Santa Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    I have the GHL and was looking at the mini or light. both a solid option, this is $220
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