The new Apex controller from Neptune systems was released at Max. The Apex aquarium controller is setting a new bar among aquarium controllers. There are very little products in the aquarium hobby that garner as much fanboy attention as the aquarium controllers. Perhaps the buy-in atmosphere of aquarium controllers is much like that of computer ecosystems wherin all the bonus peripherals and extra add-ons are mostly specific to a particular platform, not unlike Apple and Microsoft. We’ll leave it up to you to decide who is PC and who is Mac but either way, there is much buzz going around about the new controller platform from Neptune Systems called the Apex. The basic Apex system will set you back a paltry $500 which packs a lot of features for the buck. The two largest deisgn departures from the traditional controllers is the separation of the programming and interfacing display from the module which supports all of the probes and add ons. This new split allows the Apex user to have one or more displays as far as 100 ft from the base station using the available extension connection cables. The second and more minor change is the relabeling and design of the power station and base stations. All ports are more neatly marked and they have become much easier to read. Basically, it’s easier than ever to see the whole enchilada and figure out how the whole system comes together. The Apex aquarium controller system is available now and it should be hitting your favorite Neptune Systems dealers in the coming week.