Reef Keeper 2 System by Digital Aquatics: pH Monitoring and Control
The ReefKeeper's pH feature allows the user to monitor pH to 0.01 resolution. A channel can be linked to the pH measurement to control devices that raise and lower pH. All common pH probes are supported and an easy calibration will ensure an accurate reading. Purchase the pH probe separately on our online store.
Upgradeable Firmware with Free PC Cable Adapter
Customers will be able to update their unit when new software features are released. The serial cable adapter is included with the RK2 system and the firmware update program will be available for free download whenever new software is released. To perform an update you simply press the "Go" button on the firmware update program. Then the program auto-detects the serial port and performs the upload, it's that easy!
BLUE Backlight LCD & LEDs (with dimming!)
The ReefKeeper 2 now comes with an even sleeker design employing a blue backlit LCD, blue status LEDs and a black overlay background all standard. Users can set the brightness to 25%, 50%, 75% & 100% as desired.
Each channel has a manual override to allow for quickly turning on/off channels when working with your tank or if you just need to activate your lights for an unexpected visitor.
Digital Light Timer
A light timer can programmed with an on and off time in 15 minute increments. Some or all of the channels can be programmed to be a timer. New! - Lights can now be programmed to turn off when the temperature exceeds a set value.
Night Mode - Independently Programmable
Night mode can be configured independent of your light configuration so that moonlights can be configured to be on at night. You can also disable night mode altogether if desired.
General Purpose Timers
General purpose timers allow for a single channel to turn on/off multiple times in a day, or provide an oscillate feature for things like top-off, etc. that you might want to turn on every so often throughout the day (independent of wavemaking).
Wavemaker (with softstart)
There are 3 wavemaker cycles in the ReefKeeper, cycles A, B and C. When a channel is designated as a powerhead a cycle must be chosen for that channel. Cycles A/B alternate opposite each other, while cycle C alternates on and off independently. Under the wavemaker setup you choose how long you want each cycle time to be by dialing an A/B cycle time and a C cycle time. In normal operation an 'A', 'B' and/or 'C' is displayed on the LCD to indicate which cycle is on. During night mode the cycle times double creating a calmer environment. You can also program individual channels to be off during night mode if desired.
Softstart is a much debated issue in the aquarium community; many argue about whether or not it even exists. The reality is that both camps are right in some way. Softstart does exist, however, it isn't practical or cost- effective to implement perfectly. Digital Aquatics does implement "softer-start" for all channels. This is done to reduce the "clanking" of the impeller when a powerhead is turned on. Put Digital Aquatics to the test! The way to judge a product's softstart capability is to listen to the pump when it turns on; there is always some clanking, but the goal is to reduce it as much as possible. Digital Aquatics tested many other products and has implemented what it feels is the best performing softstart available. Also, powerhead design is improving over time and pumps like the MaxiJet brand last much longer than some others.
Standby mode can be programmed to be from 1 to 99 minutes long. When the "Standby" (top) button is pressed the ReefKeeper turns off the powerheads and sump pumps that are programmed to be off during standby mode for the set time or until "Standby" is pressed again. Standby/Feed mode helps reduce the bio load on the tank by maximizing the food eaten by fish and corrals and minimizing waste. Food will not get whisked away into the sump filter and to dead spots in your tank. Standby mode is also useful when it is time to perform maintenance on your tank and you need all the water pumps to be temporarily turned off.
Digital thermometer & dual-stage temp control (temp probe included)
The ReefKeepers digital thermometer is a reliable temperature sensor that is digitally filtered to provide accurate readings. Using the temperature measured the ReefKeeper controls one or more heaters and fan/chillers. The thermometer can be calibrated by the user so that near perfect (0.1 degree resolution) accuracy can be achieved from year to year.
The ReefKeeper turns on chillers and/or fans when the temperature in the tank exceeds a limit. Most aquarists don't want to listen to their hood fans when they don't need to. The ReefKeeper allows the fans to be off unless they are needed to keep the water temperature down. This way you only have your fans on when you absolutely need them. A temperature limit can be chosen for the fan/chiller in 0.1 degree increments.
Metal halide "sure-on"
Metal halides lights are notorious for not turning back on after a power interruption. This is because they cannot be lit when they are still hot. The ReefKeeper's Sure-On feature detects power interruptions and allows a metal halide bulb to cool before turning back on. Since the ReefKeeper has an internal battery it will always be able to keep time and settings despite power interruptions of any length. If a metal halide channel is being held off by Sure-on after a power interruption, the LED associated to that channel will blink until the metal halide channel is turned on again.
8 programmable channels
The 8 controlled outlets are built into the ReefKeeper making it easy to install and setup. No separate X-10 devices are needed to be purchased and setup, which saves aquarists time, space and money. The power controller is very compact for an 8 channel controller and mounting is very easy. New! - 2 of the 8 channels (Ch 4 & 8) are traditional relays best used for light ballasts. Some ballasts do not light reliably with triacs (switches used in most controller products). This provides users with maximum flexibilty New! - Channels 1 & 5 are offset to provide space that supports wall power adapters that sometimes come with fans. This avoids the need to run extra extension cords around your system which keeps you wiring clean.
Easier Fuse accessibility
The 15A fuse is now accessible without taking off the cover off the device.
Resistive or inductive loads
The ReefKeeper can control resistive (heaters) or inductive (pumps and ballasts) loads and still supply 6A of power.
The ReefKeeper has an embedded microprocessor to enable advanced features like softstart, night mode, "Sure-On" and temperature functions on different types of channels, plus much more. It drives the LCD menu system for easy setup. It also reads water temperature, digitally filtering it to provide stable and accurate readings.
Display box can mount flush to cabinet for a professional look
The display unit has two mounting options to accommodate different configurations. It can be mounted flush to your hood/cabinet for a sleek look by cutting out a rectangle. It can also be mounted easily to any flat surface. The outlet box mounts to a flat surface.
High power design: 15A total power, 6A per channel
A maximum of 15A can be supplied by the ReefKeeper, and each of the 8 channels can supply 6A (as long as the total current is less than 15A). A heavy duty power cord and a fused supply provides the safety that is needed for home use.
Splash proof face plate
The front of the remote display has a custom faceplate so that a little water on it doesn't cause any problems. The unit menu system can be navigated with wet hands without any problems.
Internal backup battery for clock and settings
The internal battery will last for years keeping the time and settings of the ReefKeeper. The battery also allows power interruptions to have little effect on the system which is especially important when you are gone for days at a time. A power outage will not require the adjustments that to traditional light timers need after the power is restored.
Simple menu system for easy configuration
The menu system is an easy-to-use interface that allows you to setup the ReefKeeper to meet your specific needs. The 3 buttons to the right of the display are used to navigate through the menu for setting up which features you want to link to which outlets and other setup.
Reef Keeper 2 Specifications:
* pH Monitoring and Control
* Upgradeable Firmware with Free PC Cable Adapter
* BLUE Backlight LCD & LEDs (with dimming!)
* Manual Override
* Digital Light Timer
* Night Mode - Independently Programmable
* General Purpose Timers
* Wavemaker (with softstart)
* Standby/Feed mode
* Digital thermometer & dual-stage temp control (temp probe included)
* Fan/Chiller control
* Metal halide "sure-on"
* 8 programmable channels
* Easier Fuse accessibility
* Resistive or inductive loads
* Microprocessor design
* Display box can mount flush to cabinet for a professional look
* High power design: 15A total power, 6A per channel
* Splash proof face plate
* Internal backup battery for clock and settings
* Simple menu system for easy configuration
* 1 x Reef Keeper 2 Controller
* 1 x Temp Probe (ReefKeeper 2 Compatible)
* 1 x Serial Adapter
Reef Keeper ELITE System by Digital Aquatics : The ReefKeeper Elite is true to its name, standing alone in the industry as the most innovative aquarium controller on the market. With the most intuitive interface and easy to use system controls, you'll find it will simplify all aspects of your aquarium system that it controls. There's also no need to find a power outlet near the head unit as there's no power cord needed; power is provided right from the bus.
The compact and convenient design, multiple mounting options and great looks makes the ReefKeeper Elite right for almost any installation; and without any unsightly probe wires dangling about, the head unit will add a touch of class to any tank!
The ReefKeeper is the most expandable controller we know of, allowing the control of over 250 outlets. It has the capability of reading more probes and input devices than even the most demanding system will ever need. All this makes the RKE suitable for tanks from 1 to 10,000 gallons and beyond.
One of the biggest advantages of the RKE system is what it comes with! Other controllers leave you wanting and having to purchase add-ons just to get them to a usable level. The RKE system includes two PC4s; that's 8 outlets to control! You also get an SL1 that will allow you to monitor pH, ORP, temperature and two switches; not to mention a free temperature probe and pH probe. All this for hundreds of dollars less than other controllers that barely give you enough to get started.
1 x ReefKeeper Elite Head Unit (RKM-GC1)
1 x RKM-SL1 (pH, ORP, temperature, 2 micro switches)
2 x RKM-PC4 (total of 8 outlets)
1 x RKM-SID (System Interface Device)
1 x pH Probe Kit
1 x Temperature Probe
2 x Switch Input Adapters
1 x 6' Bus Cable
2 x 3' Bus Cable
2 x 1' Bus Cable
1 x 6' USB Cable
8 x Mounting screws
Because the ReefKeeper Elite is a modular system we have the ability to develop new features as time goes on. One feature that we've been defining is an Ethernet module that will allow users to take advantage of their home networks and the World Wide Web. Digital Aquatics is dedicated to producing quality products at great prices! This module is still under development and we're working on every aspect of it to reduce cost to you and NOT compromise safety and functionality. More to come on this optional module.
While a USB connection for your ReefKeeper Elite is needed for updates to firmware, nobody wants an unsightly wire running from their ReefKeeper to their PC. This will offer a Zigbee like wireless network experience. While we're not ready to release all the details, our wireless module will give you freedoms and abilities that other systems just can't offer. More to come on this optional module.
The RKE also has upgradeable firmware so your controller can grow with your system; and firmware updates are always free!
NEW - Advanced 11 button CapSense interface
By expanding from the traditional 3 button interfaces of the past we have given the user a more intuitive interface to navigate with. The RK Elite menu, programming, and viewing systems take full advantage of the new interface providing an all around easier experience.
NEW - 128 x 64 Graphical display (w/RGB backlight and 30 background colors)
The RK Elite utilizes a graphical display that allows us to display status icons, data graphs, and a variety of information in a way that has not been possible before.
NEW - More than 250 Programmable Channels
One of the highlights of the RK Elite system is its ability to control over 250 outlets. While most people will never need that many outlets, some will. Our goal is to be forward thinking and give your new system the freedom to grow.
Multiple Mounting Options
Like the RK1 and RK2 the RK Elite provides for multiple mounting options like flush mount and surface mount. While other controllers are big and awkward to mount needing unstable Velcro or unsightly restraints the RKE will add a touch of class to your system. Let face it, we all work hard to keep our tanks looking good and the RKE will be a great addition!
NEW - Home Screen (w/easy to read icons and data)
The new Home Screen provides you with quick information that is well laid out and easy to read. Icons provide you the current state of your system while you can quickly scroll through all the data for your tank with the touch of a button. Keeping tabs on your tank has never been easier!
Simple menu system for easy configuration
We've worked hard to try and make the interface as simple and intuitive as possible for the RK Elite. With the advantage of the new interface we're able to really produce a one of a kind experience.
Night Mode - Independently Programmable
Our Night Mode feature allows the RK Elite to change depending on the time of day. In Night Mode the RK Elite can activate your Moon Light Controller, dim your display, transitioning your tank into a calm state.
NEW - 63 Alarms
With 63 alarms and an audible and visual alert you'll know when any of your critical system parameters are out of range.
NEW - Data Logging
The RK Elite has onboard data logging for up to 32 probes/device with over 1000 data points each.
NEW - Data Graphing
With our new graphical head unit comes the ability to really display historic data the right way. Our dynamic graphing will help you track the performance of your system over time allowing you to quickly see when and where things are happening.
Metal Halide control with "Sure-On"
Just like the RK1 and RK2 the RK Elite system will make sure your Metal Halide bulbs come back on after a power interruption. Sure-On is a 15 minute delay that gives these expensive and sensitive bulbs time to cool which insures safe, continuing usage over time.
NEW - Light Timer with Weekday/Weekend schedules and safety temp cut off
New to the light timer is the ability to set different lighting modes for weekdays and weekends. This gives you the option of setting a lighting cycle that caters to your viewing schedule as it changes throughout the week. You still have our safety cut off temp that will shut your lights down if your tank gets above some set point.
Moon Light Controller (optional)
With the optional MLC the RK Elite system can simulate a true lunar cycle. Read more on the RKM-MLC in that section.
NEW - Multi-timer function
The multi-timer is all new. You're now able to stack up to four unique timers to create any on/off cycles you would like. This is great for dosing and other scheduled tasks that don't happen on a regular interval or for creating your own special cycle based on your needs.
NEW - 63 Dedicated Timers
There are 63 advanced timers you can program and with the Multi-timer you can mix and match them in any fashion you'd like to get even more complex functions.
NEW - 2 Standby/Feed/Service modes
The RK Elite also sports two user settable standby functions. This gives you the flexibility to configure multiple service modes for activities like feeding, water changes, and other maintenance.
The new "Controller" function can take any probe input and act on it with a user settable hysteresis. This includes pH, ORP, temperature and micro switches just for starters. You can also take action based on current draw or load on any PC4 and you'll be able use any future probes that are added to the system!
Sumps/Skimmers pump control
You can program the sump pump and skimmer pump functions to be off in standby and even have a standby delay just to make sure your system doesn't overflow or over skim food after a feeding.
Wavemaker A/B and C/D pump control
We've expanded our old wavemaker control to include a "D" mode. Now you can set up multiple pairs of power heads to get all the turbulent flow you need!
NEW - Top-off pump control
Use this setting to control a pump based on a micro switch for top-off and many other features.
NEW - Key Lock
Lock out unwanted and accidental usage of your RK Elite. With a simple lock, you can make sure the kids, your friends or anyone else doesn't mess with your controller.
The battery in the RK Elite is user serviceable. If it ever goes dead it can be replaced without the need for service.
NEW - Audible Feedback
Also new to the RK Elite is audible feedback. You can turn this feature on or off depending on your preference.
Wet fingers aren't a problem with our full covering face plate.
Like the RK2 before it the RK Elite has upgradeable firmware. This will help you maintain your investment over time and allow you it grow as we release more and more expandability!