Neptune Systems unveiled the new Trident — an new tool to test alkalinity, calcium and magnesium automatically — around MACNA and I was able to get a closer look at the Neptune Systems Trident at ReefAPalooza this past weekend.
The Neptune Systems Trident fits nicely into the Apex line of products and gives advanced reefers a way to continually test the trifecta of coral-building parameters automatically and over time.
The team at Neptune notes the precision of the device, using reagents stored in an internal compartment to test parameters. Calcium and magnesium levels are noted to be accurate withing 10 ppm and alkalinity with 0.05 dKH.
The Trident is set up to test alkalinity four times a day where magnesium and calcium tests twice a day. The company notes each of the bottles of reagents will last 30 days and each reagent is sold in two-month packages or all three reagents for $40 (breaking down to $20 per month for all three). Minus the investment in the unit itself, this is quite economical compared to traditional testing methods with less waste and uncertainty.
What will the unit set you back? They are still working on final pricing, but its going to be in the $500-600 range and will be available for general release in the Q2 of 2018, but their Neptune System Insiders will be able to get their fins on it in Q1.
The Neptune Trident does require a Neptune Apex to operate, but its a fully independent unit so no other pumps or products are needed beyond the reagents. You can access the readings via the Neptune Apex Fusion iOS app or through any web browser.
For the serious reefer running an Apex (or thinking about grabbing one) that is looking for an automated and accurate way to keep track of the trinity, this is a great option. From the looks of it, the Trident looks ready to rock and knowing Neptune, they have tested it enough to ensure the major kinks will be worked out prior to release. It will be interesting to follow along to see how it performs in the market.