(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 10/9/09)
Comments: There is no comparison with the beauty of the Red Sea Max 130D and the stand but there are some flows to be fix if the manufacturer want to make it a perfect unit. I'm not regretting the purchasing of this unit but I had few problems that only dealing with a great customer service department from Marine Depot and Red Sea Max has made my problems much easier.
The first issue is the high temperature do to the lights and the three power heads. Yes it has a little cooling fan but besides getting the small power supply burned within two weeks of running, it only brought the temp. down from 85F to 83F which is too hot for me and I'm just running the lights for five hours for now. I do live in Miami but my ambient temp. inside my home is 77F. I have a JBJ 24gal Nano and the temp. is at 77F with not chiller and the lights running for 9 hrs.
Then I had a trouble with the skimmer power head, it was shutting down like twice a day and was making a laud sound, I could not find the reason. I want to say that Red Sea Max was there for me, I email them and a fan kit together with the skimmer pump was replaced immediately. Yes, there is an issue with the micro bubbles but you will not notice them in a few days they will reduce a 70%.
I bought a Chiller Artica 1/10hp model DBA-075 and what a difference it makes. I'm running the chiller with a Maxi jet 1200 but there is not too much space in the back of the tank for it and I could not find where to place a UV light if I want to use one unless you put it in line with the chiller
My only mayor issue now is the loudness of the skimmer pump, I thought that it was the old one but the new pump makes the hood vibrates.
I have the tank in the family room and you could hear it in the master bedroom. The solution for me is running the skimmer with a timer during the day while at work.
When it come to maintenance the tank that is another issue. You have to take the two power heads down when taking out the carbon bag for cleaning.
(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.