Oh glory days are right here! Neptune Methods’ extremely anticipated fabled unicorn, also referred to as Trident, is FINALLY HERE!! Neptune Methods has been teasing us for some time now and the hype over this launch has been rising ever since its announcement at MACNA 2 years in the past.
Take a look at our protection of it when it was FIRST introduced at NOLA MACNA in 2017. They deservingly acquired an Afishionado /Reefs.com award for Better of Present at this MACNA. Take a look at the video under to see my interview with Terence.
MACNA 2017 : Neptune Methods. Trident!
This MACNA, Neptune Methods rocked the home with announcement of Trident. We’ve been listening to about their alkalinity screens for some time, however a machine that checks the Holy Trinity of Calcium, Alkalinity and Magnesium? This gadget got here from left subject and caught us utterly abruptly.
Quick ahead to some days in the past on the launch day and as anticipated, Trident offered out immediately all around the nation minutes after its 12am PST (3am EST!!!) launch and it’s been creating fairly a splash within the reefing group. It’s so extremely wanted, it may be purchased for whopping $2-3000 on ebay and different varied sale websites and platforms. (yikes) What’s Trident?
Trident – Marine Aquarium Water Analyzer
The Trident is the first-of-its-kind automated water analyzer for marine aquariums that checks Alkalinity, Calcium, and Magnesium with unimaginable precision. The Trident is paired with the Apex to provide the last word in management and monitoring to your reef aquarium.
For these of you that has been residing underneath a rock for previous few years, Trident is Neptune Methods’ lengthy awaited, revolutionary automated titration colorimeter tester that checks for calcium, alkalinity, and magnesium. It seamlessly integrates into the ever well-liked Apex fusion, serving to to dose needed parts utilizing their DOS system with Computerized Dosing Management (ADC) whereas giving us the same old notifications of warning if it ever will get too excessive or too low. Why is that this so revolutionary? As a result of it’s first of its sort that checks the holy trinity of reef conserving (inside story right here and I’ll get to that later) Ca, dKH, Magazine in a single machine with such precision whereas taking the human work/errors out of the equation to realize much more consistency and larger success in our aquariums. It wasn’t at all times like this. I’ve been following the creator of this unit, Jim Welsh’s work for a few years now. In reality, when he unveiled and offered his first ever automated tester in our sales space at MACNA 2016, it solely examined dKH. It regarded crude however it was purposeful and I instructed him that he had executed one thing very particular and it will revolutionize our business. I nonetheless stand by this assertion as numerous improvements have come out since then to maintain up with this machine. We had KH Guardian, KH Director, KH Lab, and Alkatronic to come back to market, beginning a wave of revolution in automated testing for our aquariums. However none of those merchandise used the identical tried and colour titration methodology and of none of them examined something extra than simply Alkalinity. Jim’s product wasn’t prepared for the patron market but. It had a number of large hurdles to beat to make it right into a commercially profitable product. In got here Neptune Methods : Evolving the interesting, functioning, commercially prepared unit.
Picture Credit score : John Halsey
Though Jim pioneered the way in which for the alkalinity to be mechanically examined, it was nowhere prepared for the large time but. Enter Curt Pansegrau and Terence Fugazzi of Neptune Methods.
Terence stepped up on the podium on the APEXusers MACNA MeetUp in 2017 and defined it intimately.
Complete look needed to be overhauled. Needed to change into a client product that match Neptune Methods buyer expectations
Encasing, whereas staying compact, needed to match one month or extra of reagents contained in the unit.
Eradicate all extraneous tubes, vessels, and pumps seen outdoors. It couldn’t seem like a science experiment.
For me this was the most important achievement. Eliminating the RODI rinse which might have made customers preserve a separate water bottle on the aspect or use extra extra water from ATO reservoir and eliminating further wire.
Maintain the worth of the unit to underneath $600.
Oh, and it needed to don’t simply Alkalinity however Calcium and Magnesium as nicely, the big-Three, the holy trinity!
Curt, the founder, president, and engineering mind of Neptune Methods actually did excellent work reaching all of these objectives. Trying contained in the manifold within the unit (pic above) you may see a few of the adjustments that they’ve made. With all of the trial and error tales I’ve heard, the event of the Trident has been nothing wanting superb. As a lot as I give credit score to Jim for his innovation and genesis of this know-how, I give Curt, and the remainder of the Neptune Methods engineering workforce, credit score for making this imaginative and prescient right into a actuality. Trident in numbers.
$599 retail value
About 9 cents per take a look at. Reagents for two months of use is $44.95.
Precision of +/- zero.05 dKh for Alkalinity and 15ppm for Calcium and Magnesium. In response to Neptune Methods, that is higher than people can do constantly with each hobby-grade take a look at equipment in the marketplace.
Solely makes use of 7ml of water to check. Which is HUGE profit to us hobbyists and surprising in comparison with some machines that use as much as 100 ml per take a look at.
7 minutes for every take a look at carried out.
Solely took 10 minutes or much less for a lot of corporations to promote out on the opening launch day.
Private Expertise. I’ve been lucky sufficient to be a part of first batch of NSI beta testers for this unit that offered suggestions to work out all of the kinks earlier than it hit the market. Now that the NDA is lifted and I can share my experiences, moreover having few calculation subject of calcium, (it was constant however the quantity was off) I’ve not learn or heard something damaging in regards to the mission from months of going via NSI boards. Using this unit since February ninth, I can truthfully say that it has been constant, and a breeze to arrange and use (I need to take a minute to acknowledge and say good job to Paul Jensen for creating such a fantastic, dummy proof arrange tutorial movies that you just HAVE TO watch with a view to setup the machine). My total expertise has been extraordinarily nice and if you’re already utilizing Apex controller system and might get your self one, I might strongly advocate it. It was fascinating to see how the graph would inform me the place my dKH was all through the day, when it was being consumed, when it wasn’t being consumed, and the way sure stress components or adjustments in my aquarium effected my alkalinity and calcium consumptions. Being a visible particular person, I’ve at all times cherished and appreciated how Apex Fusion charts the whole lot for me and this was no exception. I additionally preferred that Neptune Methods took their time to the touch up on small particulars to point out me how a lot reagents you’ve gotten left in addition to how a lot house you’ve gotten left in your waste container. Aftermath. Getting collectively withe creator of the unit after the discharge of the Trident. (Jim Welsh’s response in daring) Jim, Congrats on the profitable launch of Trident! Thanks! It actually feels nice to see it lastly accessible. What was the toughest factor you encountered in making this unit and the way does it really feel to see it so nicely acquired? Attaining the mandatory precision with out having a pure water rinse accessible was most likely the most important problem in creating the strategies. I’m ridiculously happy at how nicely it carried out within the NSI testing, and early critiques by retail prospects have been constantly enthusiastically optimistic. Happier reefing, all people! What was your response when Neptune requested for holy trinity as a substitute of simply alkalinity? I took it as an fascinating problem, and an apparent subsequent step. I wasn’t stunned on the request in any respect. I had already toyed with the concept of doing Ca and Mg whereas creating the AMI, however intentionally put that analysis on the again burner throughout my race to get the AMI prototypes able to deliver to MACNA 2016. I knew this was going to be particular once I first laid my eyes on it on the reefs sales space in MACNA 2016. ( I instructed Jim this as nicely in particular person)
Almost had me off my chair when it was introduced 12 months later with the holy trinity. After I congratulated Curt on masking the holy trinity of reef conserving, he checked out me with a smile and instructed me that it was the mission title earlier than it was introduced as trident. Sure. The inner title was the HTD: Holy Trinity Gadget. Good. Old skool title was an good contact. (To me a minimum of. It took me again to the lengthy lengthy very long time in the past to the times of Reef Central) Any last phrases for us Jim? It has been an immense pleasure working with Curt, Terence, and the Neptune Methods workforce over the past two and a half years to deliver Trident to you. It has been some of the optimistic and purposeful teamwork experiences I’ve ever had. I solely hope I’ve the nice fortune to have the ability to work with them on one other mission sooner or later. Large due to Jim for the fast casual interview and I hope you guys loved my tackle the Neptune Methods’ Trident.