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nrosdal
04-12-2012, 05:01 AM
i havent seen much info coming out for these lately.. there was alot of buzz everywhere when they were being set to roll out...

anyone in canada running one?

Seneye Reef Monitor

http://reefsupplycanada.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-product.cgi?d=reef-supply-canada&item=58402

from what i have found on other forums there is supposed to be an add on sometime soon so that it will measure nitrate/nitrate/kh/chlorine. But wanting to see some user reviews before i get one. Or maybe just i should just wait for the D.A. Lifeguard to come out as it looks similar but without the subscription requirements.

fido19
04-12-2012, 07:51 AM
i have been looking at this device for a while too now, still contemplating about getting it
my friend in the uk has one and says it is really really good, besides the subscription issue and the cost of replacing the cards (the water measurements) its actually cheaper both in the shortrun and longrun
i might pick one up soon and will let you know how it goes (actually by next week maybe)

sphelps
04-12-2012, 03:37 PM
I do see much use for most of it but $189 for a par meter ain't to shabby. If it's accurate seems well worth for that aspect alone.

sphelps
04-12-2012, 03:53 PM
That should say I don't see much use for most of it.

fido19
04-12-2012, 09:57 PM
i got in touh with my buddy and he has some more info
the par meter is accurate
he has a neptune apex as well and has compared the readings between the two devices and they are similar with an error of 0.5 at times
he prefers the seneye because it has a prediction module which tells you if you need to get on a water change or if your ammonia is rising
i think its a worth it investment

subman
04-12-2012, 10:44 PM
it's the $8 per month that holds it back for me as well as leaving that 'usb stick' thingy in my display tank.

sphelps
04-12-2012, 11:36 PM
Yeah I'd buy it if you didn't have to keep it in the water. It would be more ideal if you could just put it in the tank when you needed and take some readings so the slides would last substantially longer but I don't believe it works that way. I read somewhere as well that PAR meter won't work with LED lighting for whatever reason.

wokaid
04-13-2012, 07:25 PM
Been using one since Christmas as a PAR meter due to high cost of shipping have not ordered more slides.
Have used the PAR meter on LEDS but note the qoute below from
the SENEYE website
"We recommend that the seneye PAR function is used only as a measure against light readings taken from other seneye devices or a seneye PAR organism table. Why? most PAR devices are aimed for use in greenhouses where they are more interested in the red end of the PAR spectrum as this is where most terrestrial plant get there useful light from. The seneye device is more sensitive than most at light below 450nm (bluer). This is arguably the most important spectra for coral and why most marine aquarists use additional actinic (03) spectrum bulbs."

Found the web portal for datalogging displaying etc. very slow.
Tried to find a wireless solution to hauling PC into fishroom when I first got
it but was unable to locate the wireless USB sender listed in manual.

As I had planned only to use it as a PAR meter I feel it serves my purposes well. If I had I wireless USB sender and a local source for slides
I would definately use it more.

subman
04-13-2012, 07:30 PM
How much are the slides once you get them shipped?

Reefie
04-13-2012, 07:34 PM
I just ordered one from reefsupplycanada.com and should be here in a couple of weeks. Great service so far, however they didn't have the slides available for purchase yet, so I ordered them directly from Seneye.

Great thing about reefsupplycanada are that they are in Canada, Kelowna, BC to be exact. They are currently offering FREE SHIPPING on the Seneye, which saves about $35 USD and the whole shipping and duties from the UK ordeal.

I'll update once I receive it.

Reefie
04-13-2012, 07:36 PM
How much are the slides once you get them shipped?

Slides direct from Seneye are $112 USD plus $4 USD shipping. I just ordered them yesterday.

subman
04-13-2012, 07:37 PM
Slides direct from Seneye are $112 USD plus $4 USD shipping. I just ordered them yesterday.

How many slides?

Reefie
04-13-2012, 07:49 PM
Each slide lasts for 30 days, so 12 slides will suffice for 1 year.

sphelps
04-13-2012, 07:55 PM
Been using one since Christmas as a PAR meter due to high cost of shipping have not ordered more slides.
Have used the PAR meter on LEDS but note the qoute below from
the SENEYE website
"We recommend that the seneye PAR function is used only as a measure against light readings taken from other seneye devices or a seneye PAR organism table. Why? most PAR devices are aimed for use in greenhouses where they are more interested in the red end of the PAR spectrum as this is where most terrestrial plant get there useful light from. The seneye device is more sensitive than most at light below 450nm (bluer). This is arguably the most important spectra for coral and why most marine aquarists use additional actinic (03) spectrum bulbs."

Found the web portal for datalogging displaying etc. very slow.
Tried to find a wireless solution to hauling PC into fishroom when I first got
it but was unable to locate the wireless USB sender listed in manual.

As I had planned only to use it as a PAR meter I feel it serves my purposes well. If I had I wireless USB sender and a local source for slides
I would definately use it more.

So can you clearify? Par meter is accurate or not accurate, and it works with LEDs? And you can use it on and off to increase slide life? I assumed once the slides are wet, you can't let them dry out and if you keep them wet they wear out.

wokaid
04-14-2012, 08:18 AM
I would say the PAR meter is accurate but you can not do direct comparisons to a different brand due to lower value Seneye give to
red end of spectrum. The unit also indicates type of coral suitable for
your light level. I have used the meter to measure various light sources LED/PC/sunlight and have not seen anything unusual but then again I do not have another type of PAR meter to compare to.

My understanding is you can not let them dry out.

Glad to hear their shipping cost has gone down. When I ordered the only option was their global priority shipping option plus $8 Canada Post handling fee.

fido19
04-14-2012, 08:50 AM
if anyone is interested in getting one with free shipping and the slides as well

http://reefsupplycanada.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-product-category.cgi?d=reef-supply-canada&pc=14174

nrosdal
07-01-2012, 03:36 AM
Got a Seneye and set it up a couple days ago. Very happy so far. I was very surprised how satisfying it is to be out of the house and pull up my seneye.me account and confirm that the ph and temp are still the same as they were an hour ago. :biggrin:

i even received my first text message from them because i decided not to soak the slide for 48 hours as per the recommendation and my ph readings were off for the first day.

also, having the computer in my sump room makes me look all kinds of high tech.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d99/sheetmetal/2012-06-28210125.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d99/sheetmetal/2012-06-28210106.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d99/sheetmetal/seneyechartsjune30.png

freezetyle
07-01-2012, 04:38 AM
Very cool. You will have to keep us updated with your experience

Reefie
07-04-2012, 09:47 AM
It works great, except near the tail end of the 30 days the PH gets over-saturated and readings are high. I have a PH Probe right next to the Seneye to keep things in check. I emailed Seneye and they mentioned to keep checking for updates in software as the version I had was older and needed an update to resolve the issue. It sort of fixed the issue with a manual adjustment of 0.3 PH, however they mentioned that this issue will be totally resolved without any adjustment of the software.

Other than that, it's a GREAT product!

I'd only wish there was some sort of USB Wifi transmitter available so it could connect to my wifi without the use of a computer. They suggested the Belkin Home Base, however it is discontinued and not available. I have tried a few other devices such as a Wireless USB Hub, but that didn't work either. For now, it is connected to a spare netbook that I have kicking around.