Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Marine1, 1 Sep 2011.
Im also a Bloem boy.
What do you say about the Red Sea Max 250 tank.
WELCOME to MASA and to this great hobby.
That's GREAT - there are quite a few reefers in Bloemfontein. Have you made contact with any of the other guys? Send me a PM (if you like) and we can arrange a get together - it's been MONTHS since I've last visited @ed
It's a very good looking tank, but I cannot comment on it in great depth because I have never owned one (I prefer to DIY and make my tank exactly as I want it, rather than buy a "complete unit" which will be more difficult to customize...)
If i may Oom Hennie, these are very good systems, i have seen a few set up and they do work very well. Those that i have seen are the older ones that run without skimmers and have all looked awsum. They have a filtration system that works with different sponges and what ever are in those sponges really does work. The one bit of advice here is change the sponges at the recommended times.
Thanks for the opinions and reply. Thanks Alan
Yip, I agree with Alan, I have also seen a few of these tanks running, very nice, they cost quite a lot but they are pretty much plug and play.
I will like to be there with the next get together in Bloem! But then I want to see @Reef Maniac tank if that is ok with you Hennie.
O and welcome to the forum Marine1!
welcome dude .. If you build up a system with the same money you can have a much bigger and better tank but theres nothing wrong with the 250
I have to disagree with you here Tremayn. To build a much bigger and better system than these RSM 250s would cost quite a bit more than 16k, which is what i think they are going for at jungle aquatics at the moment, might be wrong.
They really are great all in one systems!
Only probable issue will be temperature control as everything is closed up- temp tends to get a bit high.
Do you suggest I install a chiller?
Well mine is about the same price (not as pretty haha) but system is about 600L
A chiller will do. Check out the guys who have RSM's on the forum. Its best to talk to them
I've had a look at all your systems on the forum and must say that when I'm big I would love mine to look like yours, true spectacular tanks, I'm envious.
What would a great system with all the bells and wistles set me back. I would rather do it properly from the start?
I have a RSM 250 and it's really a great system although keeping the temp down is normally an issue. Some guys have installed extra fans in theirs to keep the temp in check but a chiller in my opinion is the answer. The RSM is pricey but a great tank. You won't be disappointed.
What other problems have you encountered?
You should look at the for sale threads here before you buy anything. My system is really a budget system. Only the skimmer was pricey but everything else was second hand.
Apologies for the double post, bit of internet lag i think.
It could do with a bit more flow, but its ok to start off with. Had a RSM 130D before the 250 and the 250 is just a much better setup in my opinion. In 3 months since the upgrade i had not one single issue with the tank.
Will have a look, getting conflicting answers, but that's always a good thing.
Answers will always be conflicting, because different people like different kind of setups!
If the RSM is 16K, I would also rather put my own tank together!
But it depends on what kind of person you are! If you like to buy something plain and simple, plug and play, and start right away, then the RSM might be the right one. If you are willing to take it slow and do a lot of planning, then put it together yourself. It will also give you that awesome feeling of accomplishment!
I'm looking at different alternatives as this should be something to last.
I have a RSM 250. BUILD YOUR OWN!
In the long run what the RSM stocks in terms of filtration, skimming, and tempreture, is not great!
I have done major mods on mine.
However, the tank is pretty, those curves just do it for me!
Spend you money wisely, think of the lives you will be taking care of, they need the best.
Ya, it depends on what sort of system you are wanting as well- if it's going to be a fish only system, then the RSM is a bit over kill and doesn't give that much swimming room for the slightly bigger fish you will want to get.
Another thing is where the tank will be situated- if it's going to be in your living room, you'll want it to look good and neat like the RSM or another cabinet tank..
If it's going to be in a spare room or somewhere less public for just you to enjoy, then it doesn't matter if you have pipes and cords all over the place, then the RSM might be overkill for that too..
Just things to think about
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