Red Sea Max 250

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  1. brentnorm

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    Hi all, I am looking at buying a Red Sea Max 250. Do any of you own one ? Any comments are appreciated. I have heard there are heat issues so I want to install a chiller as well, what is a good chiller to buy? Would like the quietest possible one.
     
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    idol marine have an evaporation chiller thats much cheaper than a normal chiller
     
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    I dont know if its possible, but perhaps you could take the hood off and use cables to suspend it. If the tank is open on top it helps with cooling
     
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    Lights in the hood so really need it closed. Chiller is the only answer.
     
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    Howsit i wouldnt recommend... Lots of my buds had them and will never buy them again.. From what i heard they tooooo complicated compared to a normal marine tank.... Well thats what i heard...
    Oh yes, fixing is also a problem and apparently cant be done in the country... Not sure how true that is but thats why i hear...
     
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    Friend of mine had one and struggled with the skimmer, always either simming too wet or too little. He later added a sump with an overflow. Oh and one more thing the acrylic scratches easily.
     
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    As far as these all in one systems go it is by far the best option. I saw the most amazing looking one setup in Northlands. It looked really amazing.

    You still cant beat a purpose built marine system with a proper sump etc.
     
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    dizzyg Red Sea Max 250

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    wow guys, seems like a lot of negative comments from guys that don't know the tank.

    as a RSM 250 owner for a good 2 years now I can tell you that the skimmer is brilliant, all you need to do is set your water level correctly which is easily done with the adjustable weir, the tank does run hot and a chiller is a needed addition but that's where it ends. You don't need to add another thing, the lighting system is brilliant and quite fool proof, the tank is a great size and really neat. The GLASS is not acrylic so doesn't scratch easily.

    I can also recommend the Red Sea reef care program, I am 2 weeks in and have noticed a massive difference already.
     
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    Had one for 2 years as well.. Best tank i ever owned..

    Its glass tank not acrylic..

    The heat issue is casued by the pump of the skimmer. I replaced my skimmer with a Tunze 9002 and never had issues.. I sold mine but as soon as the RSM 400 or 500 comes out im first in line to buy one.
     
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    @wild on pets have 2 of them running for their display tanks, they are awesome! no hastle, fill-up , plug in and start cycling, timers etc are all built in, lights are accesible, skimmer works great and there is space for a chiller etc

    there is a new model coming out with even better specs and refinements, i know you are based in ct but they would be more than willing to help and give you information on it
     
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    The 2 they have running at Northlands are amongst my favourite setups around, absolutly stunning systems but yes heat is an issue.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback, I am really excited about the tank and can't wait to get it. Looks like I will only get it in January now. Do you run a chiller on yours and if so which one? If you don't mind I might pm you when I get it set up.
     
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    I have seem the new models and they are stunning. Too expensive for me though. Price on the 650 I saw was £3800
     
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    They are truly awesome, just a little expensive for me. Perhaps something to save for.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback.
     
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    Thanks for the info, was it a difficult replacement and does the lid above the skimmer still close?
     
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    The lighting in the RSM250 is the main source of heat, I have sold and installed many of these tanks with all customers very satisfied! Its value for money and neatness sets it apart from all other aquariums in its size range!
    To cope with the heat issues you can install a hailea 1/6HP chiller and hook it up in line to a canister filter, added place for P04 removal media/carbon ;)

    The Red Sea Max is a great buy that you wont regret!
     
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    fitted like a charm. everything closed 100%

    also ran a tunze ATO
     
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    So you use the canister to pump the water for the chiller?
     
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    Thats it! :) Works Like a charm!
     
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