ReefMn Mini Review

Discussion in 'Test Kits, Controllers, Reactors and Dosers' started by Warr7207, 2 Mar 2008.

  1. Warr7207

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    I recently purchased a ReefMn Aquarium Controller from Boomslang.

    Firstly I have no idea what imported or mass produced controllers cost, but Darius (Boomslang) was very in-depth in explaining his unit, that I had to support a fellow reefer.

    When originally seeing the unit, I thought here we go, this is going to be a nightmare to get working and maintain.

    First big :thumbup1: is the user manual that has been written in layman's terms and explains every process needed to connect and program the unit, loads of photos, well done.

    Next big :thumbup1: is everything is supplied, cables connectors etc.

    Functions:

    the unit has a mains supply input and 6 AC outputs. 1 and 2 are dedicated for heating and cooling the rest are for lights, powerhead and/or top up.

    The unit is supplied with a temperature probe and can be calibrated via the OSD.

    The OSD is a 2 line 16 character LED. In normal mode it displays temp, whether the unit is heating or cooling. It also shows which AC outlets are on/off.

    In my setup I run the following:
    Heater which is now set to zero (on the heater) as the controller decides when it is on/off.
    2 x PC fans are my cooling units, and they are on for 10 minutes max now, where previously I would switch them on in the morning and leave them on all day.

    MH has it's own output, T-5's on their output and my sump light is on it's own.

    You are able to set on/off time for all the outputs separately.

    The unit is supplied with a pair of moonlights, this is a bit of a challenge to mount as they are fitted in a rectangular plastic box. These moonlights are also controlled and the moonphase can be set with no. of days etc.

    The unit is also supplied with a top-up input cable. I am not running this as I have my Reef Octopus doing this job for me beautifully. The top-up set-up menu has all sorts of functions to make sure you don't have floods, like max. time allowed to fill up and time intervals between fills.

    There are also a no. of audible alarms that can be set for low and high temperatures.

    There is a RS-232 connector for downloading info directly to your computer. I haven't tried this yet, but the on-screen history is great. You can check the high/low temp of the day, you can even check how long your heater/cooler/top-up has been active.

    All in all, a well thought out product and if anyone is in the market for this sort of gear I would highly recommend the ReefMn.

    I now have lots of plugs spare on my multiplug as I don't need to use the BIG timer units anymore. Oh yes, that is another thing I liked, especially with the load shedding. The unit has a 9v battery so it doesn't loose it's time.


    Anyway, my engine room is almost entirely automated, just need a auto feeder and a "auto skimmer emptier" :whistling:
     
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    Nice bit of kit :thumbup:
     
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    May I ask how much this unit put you back? Looks neat and tidy
     
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    R 1800.00
     
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    WOW! That IS nice Warr! Once I have an extra R1800 I can spend I will surely think of this - unless the sponsors can supply me one at the same price (or cheaper ;-) - BUT, I don't think so.... :)
     
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    Looks pretty cool. Not a bad set of features for that price... Surely it could be made a little bit smaller than that though?
     
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    Yep... If you move the power inputs/outputs away from the unit. I think they take up most of the space.
     
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    Nice laptop...

    I'm glad someone in SA finally got around to coming up with a decent "aquarium computer"...
     
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    It has quite a bit of electronics in it and Boomslang is using a standard electrical enclosure. If he went into mass production I am sure you could design an enclosure exactly for what is needed. The height and width of the unit is determined by the AC inputs/outputs
     
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    I, 2nd that. Well impressed with this kit.
     
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    Very nice piece of equipment.
     
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    Bloody hell. I have been looking for something like this for a long time!!!!!!!

    Awesome and a great price! I can't believe there isn't a bigger hoohaa about this. It's fantastic!

    Awesome!!
     
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    You won't go wrong with this unit. The other nice thing is because it is made locally you can get the program modified to a certain degree.
     
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    Now I can't wait to start a new setup. My crow's nest have always been my bane. Now I can get it nice and neat!

    No more need for ACDC transformers as the moonlight runs off AC and the built in timers are a great idea.

    R1,800 is very cheap considering what the controllers cost that don't have AC output. Other commercial controllers don't solve the messyness problems when it comes to the electrics.
     
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    Thanks for pointing me here Warr!
     
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    Funny you say that, I have two monster multiplugs - empty now, as I also have the AM wave.
     
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    that looks cool.gotta get myself one of those when finances are available
     
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