Reef Angel Vs Profilux Controller

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  1. Gary Bourn

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    I am wanting to purchase a Controller for my tank.

    The two options that I am looking at are:
    -Reef Angle Pro
    -GHL Profilux 3 EX

    I would like to know from Reefers that have one of these controllers what they like and dislike about the unit.
     
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  3. Johan Nieuwenhuizen

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    I have a Reef Angel and it is AWESOME!!

    It has been running for 3 years now and I have not had any issues
     
  4. Gary Bourn

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    What all do you have running off of it.
    -Probes
    -Dosing
    -Lights
    -Pumps
    etc.

    Thanx Johan
     
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    EVERYTHING!!!!

    I will be starting a new tank build soon, will be running 1 Main controller(For Heater, Pumps, Skimmer, Reactors, Ato, Ph and moonlights) 2nd "controller" will be for lighting and 3rd one will be for automated water changes and dosing.

    I know that you can do all of this from 1 controller, but I have some Reef Angel spares, so why not use them?
     
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    ok, its not the profilux 3
    but its still a bargain. Think the plug bar alone is close to the asking price for all
     
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  8. Gary Bourn

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    Thanx @RiaanP I want to look at all my options before i dive in head first.
     
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    They are both great. Just remember, probes will be the same cost. I have a profilux and love mine. Have buddies that have reef angel and they love theirs. Cost wise, RA is cheaper. Ease of programming, don't know? Mine is controlled via my lan and easy to program. It all depends what you want to do, if you have a simple tank, you won't need either. I have two tanks, one has no computer and is looking so great, the other has the bells and whistles but still getting there. At the end of the day spend more money on getting softies (if that is your plan), feeding your fish and day to day maintenance, get a better flow pump, or better lights.

    Remember there is no better computer or doser than your brain.
     
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    Agree with @carlosdeandrade . The nice thing about the Reef Angel controller is that it can be programmed to do almost anything you could imagine. Even if you cant code your idea, people on the RA support forum will 99% of the time code it for you.

    Both have full support in SA, so it depends on personal preference at the end of the day.
     
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  11. Gary Bourn

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    That is one of my main concerns with Profilux is that you buy a controller and find out that it is limited in what you can do with it. With a Reef Angel at least it is open source, and leaves you with o lot more options available, but by saying that it would most probably take a lot more time and effort to setup.
     
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    That depends on how deep down the rabbit hole you want to go. Most of the common reefing needs are easily programmed in the Reef Angel wizard.

    If you want to go crazy with total custom needs. It will take more time, yes.
     
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    if you can copy and past you can go crazy all the codes is on the portal
     
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    I went through this problem and decided on the Reef Angel.

    Basically boiled down to Profilux being very expensive if you want all the bells and whistles.
    I can have it all with the Reef Angel for a fraction of the price.

    I also don't have to dedicate a Laptop to run Reef Angel.
     
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    I had to decicate a laptop. Cause I wasn't paying dyndns.com for a stupid dynamic dns. I ended up using no-ip.

    But yes the reef angel is evolving every day getting better.
     
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    DynDns is $25.00 for a years subscription.... Allot cheaper than dedicating a lap top, unless of course you have one lying around.

    Have you seen the new Wireless relay box ? Looks really cool. You no longer need the serial cable. Pretty cool if you are running multiple tanks :m106:
     
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    I used dyndns for about 10 years then they removed there free option. Sad day :(
    No I use no-ip and it is free. Most adsl routes support no-ip as well.
     
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    My router is old so it only uses dyndns. My laptop is also old runs xp and is a micro media server now
     
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    Any one else using these controllers
     
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    I have just bought a reef angel and will install it soon, I am also a software engineer so look foreward to customising it
     
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