(Posted on 2/12/12)
Comments: If your looking to start a reef aquarium and dont want the trouble and hassle of buying individual components then look no further. I did the research for a long time and found this a much better system than ANY of the other plug-n-pray systems out there, hands down. It is also way better than any of the nano cubes out there which just have cheap parts in them. Red Sea really did all the homework for you and has put together a great system with quality components and took the time to do it right.
90 days later....
(Posted on 2/3/12)
Comments: I wanted to wait a few months rather than write a great review while still in the throws of newbie excitement.
Am 90 days in as my reef has cycled thorugh algae blooms & overstocking.
The aquarium is a solid piece of construction. Stand is high quality, and a nice looking piece of furniture. This is no low end system/stand. It takes a while to assemble the stand, but the end result is well worth it.
Positives are great look, quality build, protein skimmer and jets work well. Water quality is very good if just shy of perfect. All in one has minor drawbacks as getting to the charcoal filter media involves some disassembly of the hood, pumps everytime. To me, the sheer beauty of the unit makes up for that small issue.
I know have LPS/Many soft corals/inverts/fish prospering in the tank. Lighting seems sufficient, unless you are intent on having truly top of the line lighting. "Night lights" feature and timer work exceptionally well. As I live in central Texas (Austin) a chiller addition is mandatory, but the neccesary hardware is included to add that upgrade. My tank maintains at 78-80 with the house below 75 degrees. But anticipate a 2-3 degree spike due to the hight summer temps here.
I've put a pretty strong bio load on this system already & its functioning strong. I honestly couldn't be happier and recommend the Red Sea Max to anyone from beginner to vet.
A Great Tank
(Posted on 12/3/09)
Comments: After reading numerous reviews and reef keeping forums, I decided to get the RSM and I'm glad I did.
All of the hardware is of top quality, all necessary parts came with the tank, nothing was damaged during shipping and setup was easy.
Everything needed to set up is included, salt, test kit, hydrometer, lighting, filter media, power heads, protein skimmer, everything but livestock.
The only thing I think can stand improvement is the water test kit. The one that I received was, I think =, expired because it showed incorrect ammonia and nitrate levels. I was getting the exact same levels of those chemicals even though I had added several Damselfish to help cycle the biological filter. I bought a different test kit and it agreed with the readings that the local fish store said I was getting.
(Posted on 2/8/09)
Comments: I would like to begin by saying that the 130D tank and stand by Red Sea are of the highest quality. I will begin with the high quality stand included with the purchase of the tank. This is no flimsy stand, immediately I observed the sides, bottom and top were very thick and laminated on all sides to provide protection from saltwater. The design is also very stylish. I will say the hinges for the cabinet door are a little flimsy but over all this stand is top notch.
The tank itself is also of the highest quality. The glass is much thicker than other brands and most importantly the entire tank is GLASS. Unlike some other brands the divider wall (separates main tank from filter compartment) is smoked GLASS not plastic. The dividers inside the filter compartment are also GLASS.
The skimmer seems to be producing very fine bubbles and some nice think froth and dark skim mate. The TWO circulation pumps provide tank circulation at 10x per hour, very nice circulation for the tank. Only draw back both pumps are on the same side, I wish they were on opposite sides of the tank. The included 150 watt heater with your standard power indicator light is more than sufficient.
The hood is also top notch. The hood is cooled by two fans and a third now included with 130D helps keep water nice and cool. Built in timer is solid with splash guard. The entire hood has a very solid design.
Finally, the power center is really handy. First it hides all your cords so the tank looks tidy. Each switch controls a separate component: 2 separate switches for each circulation pump, 1 switch for skimmer, 1 switch for lights and 1 for heater. Each switch is splash proof.
In summary you get what you pay for and this tank and stand are worth the extra cash. Its sturdy all glass construction and quality components provide a high quality plug and play system for any skill level.
I love this tank
(Posted on 12/7/08)
Comments: Excellent tank. Well thought out. A little short on the lighting. Red Sea should release a 150 Watt MH version.