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Sheila 11-27-2010 10:11 AM

Red Sea Max reviews wanted!
Does anyone have anything to offer regarding the Sea Max 250. I am replacing my reef tank, as I left mine with my ex. Will this be easier than building it from scratch like I did the first time?

Pasfur 11-27-2010 05:24 PM

The skimmer included in that setup is basically a Prism Skimmer, which performs horribly. First hand experience. I would only consider that setup for 29 gallon tanks or smaller. Not sure if the unit you are looking at comes in different sizes.

willieturnip 12-07-2010 08:06 AM

It would be considerably easier than building from scratch. They are great tanks (with a few modifications) but be prepared to pay a premium price for a premium product.

The skimmer needs changing. Tunze and deltec seem to have some popular offerings, I think the deltec MCE500 fits in the back on the 250 and the Tunze 9002 fits in the back of the 130 (with an aftermarket collection cup).

I have heard of people having problems with temperature being almost uncontrollable in the summer months (in england btw!) so if you went with the 250 would you be running a chiller? What your climate like?

Just make sure you check out custom options beforehand.

Sheila 12-07-2010 11:45 AM

Thanks, I heard about the skimmer needing to be replaced. That is not realy an issue. I've never had one last more than a year or two anyway. I was planning on buying the 66 gallon. I live in southern Illinois and have central air on in the summer. I have had a tank for years and never needed a chiller, but if one is needed because of the lid I guess I will buy one. Thanks for the feedback.

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