(Posted on 12/8/13)
Comments: The setup instructions could be better also only received one pump did not receive skimmer filter and still waiting for the skimmer to work.
(Posted on 2/13/12)
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