Red Sea MAX 250 65-gallon 250 65-gallon Black
I've had this aquarium, the Red Sea MAX 250 65-gallon 250 Black, for almost a year now and I am so very happy I bought it. I've built salt water reef set-ups in the past by buying separate parts and piecing them together in the hopes that everything would formulate out and provide a good reef environment/aquarium. By doing this, I’ve spent a lot of money and have only been successful to a point. This is the first time I've bought an aquarium with everything all in one package and now I have a thriving reef set-up with no issues.
The aquarium is made of glass so it is heavy and will take two people to lift it onto the stand. Even though glass aquariums are heavier than plexiglass aquariums, I prefer glass aquariums because they are much easier to clean when the coralline algae takes hold.
The set-up was easy and took a total of 2 hours to un-box, set-up the stand, and to place the parts into the aquarium. The instructions are clear but if you need to, you can always use the DVD provided to clear-up any concerns or questions. The quality and finished look is outstanding; you'll be proud to show it off.
In my opinion, the 65-gallon size is great. The aquarium is not too much to clean and maintain, not too big for most decors, but it is big enough for most fish and reef set-ups.
The water movement is outstanding with the two pumps provided and the lighting is sufficient for my SPS and LPS corals; they are thriving. The protein skimmer is touchy but once you get used to it, it's not an issue and works well.
The aquarium lighting give off heat but with the venting and fans provided in the hood, I am able to maintain a water temperature of 80-81 degrees with no issues. There is a cooler adapter kit available (comes with the aquarium# if you want to purchase a cooler but I #including my fish and corals) don't feel there is a need for a cooler. Water top-off averages about ½ gal a day to compensate for evaporation.
This is a great aquarium for the beginner or expert and I highly recommend it. Everything you need is provided. You can find a cheaper aquarium or build one but, don’t waste your money…this is the one!
January 8, 2012
red sea max review
I waited one year to write my review so that I could be objective. I purchased my Red Sea MAX 250 before Thanksgiving of last year as a novice to saltwater reef aquariums.
It arrived with good delivery service off the truck into my home. I placed the aquarium in the living room. The cabinet was assembled in 1 – 1 ½ hours without significant difficulty. I followed the video on CD disc and set up instructions. The starter kit was simple, easy to use. Rocks were placed and I let it cure and cycle for 6 weeks, then I started slowly adding simple start up corals, clean-up crew and fish through the following 6 months.
During this early process and after a lot of research, reading and helpful hints and ideas from LiveAquaria website, but, most of all, trial and error, I was able to successfully graduate to different species of corals that are all pretty much compatible in my reef system. The Red Sea MAX 250 is well built and very easy to maintain. Early on, I had issues with the main pump tube coming loose wetting my cooling fans and damaging the electrical system of the hood, however, the manufacture quickly sent me a replacement hood without charge and after putting on a plastic tie on the tube I have not had any further problems.
My Red Sea MAX 250 is well established and my corals, invertebrates and fish are thriving and looking beautiful, especially after I added two Maxi Jet water pumps on each side connected to a Red Sea Wavemaster Pro. I recently replaced my lights and the replacement parts for the 250 were easy to buy online. After one year, I’m definitely glad that I purchased this product especially starting as a novice. I recommend the Red Sea MAX 250 to anyone who is interested in reef aquariums.
? Didn’t have to purchase a chiller
? High Quality
? Looks Great
? Easy to use and maintain
? Protein Skimmer air intake valve extremely sensitive
? Main pump tube came off twice with pump pressure (but easily corrected with plastic tie)
November 13, 2011
Great for saltwater
First be ready when delivered to have help moving, the tank is heavy. I thought the instructions for constructing the base/cabinet were easy to follow. Once I had tank placed, and filters, pumps, lights all in the side plug in box, then began the fun of setting up the tank with sand, live rock and water. Once four weeks had passed and the rock cured and cycled; I began to add simple corals and my 'clean up crew'. I followed simple instructions and used videos through Youtube, ideas/comment on LiveAquaria's page to add fish, more coral and invertibrates. I now show off my RedSea Max 250 off with pride. Everyone comments how well built and constructed it is as well as a fine addition to my living space.
January 21, 2011
It only looks good, but not a functional system!!!
I have a Red Sea Max 250, for almost 2 years. I bought this tank as my first Salt Water Tank and since I have never had an Aquarium before, I had not much prior knowledge about the system and how it works! Here are my reasons why that this is not a FUNCTIONAL system, but it looks great and it is stylish:
1) The protein skimmer that comes with it DO NOT work more than 45 minutes and then it skims nothing and I have spent more than 100 of hours to adjust the skimmer.
Solution: A) Toss it out. B) Put some live rocks inside the media chamber. C) Instead of 10% weekly water change, do 20%!!!
2) One of the Return Pumps (600 gph) is too strong for the tank.
Solution: You would need to put a Ball Valve for it; in order to adjust the mass of flow comes out of it!!!
3) T5 Lighting is very bright and when you have them on, you would think that UFO space ship is coming to your neighborhood! :)
Solution: You would want to upgrade it to LED lighting and that cost you 1200.00 to 1300.00 dollars.
Mind you that you have already paid for a protein skimmer, an over flow return pump and lighting system, which you are not using them. So, you are getting 900.00 to 1000.00 dollars of your money worth for it.
I would definitely not recommend this system...
July 19, 2012