Neptune Systems is working on a new AquaController Jr aquarium controller that will make it a more powerful, entry-level controller. The new AquaController Jr appears to be more of a unified design with the controller and four power outlets in one unit that can be expanded upon with the more robust Apex modules. Picture the EnergyBar 4 module with the “brains” of a controller built in. The new ACjr will have the same form as the EB4 but will host an Ethernet port, two expansion USB ports and a temperature probe port on the side. Up to five modules can be added to the new AC Jr.
Additionally it has the ability for network connectivity giving you to the same features as the Apex units letting you tap into the web-based monitoring, control, and configuration of the unit. According to Neptune Systems, through the latest version of the firmware, you will be able to plug in the new ACjr (along with other Apex controllers) direct to the internet and do all setup, maintenance and monitoring without the need for a display unit. Another unique feature is the new AquaController Junior is designed as a beginning stage controller that can fully integrated into the Apex or Apex lite systems down the road. If you upgrade to the Apex system, just plug it in the and it will recognize it and make it a slave unit, essentially treating it just like an EB4 module. The base price will be around $150 that includes a temperature probe and will be available sometime in May.