Red Sea Max 250

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  1. Jt143

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    Hi All

    So im still confused as to which tank to buy...

    I have been offered a RED SEA 250

    BUT Would like to know

    1: Any reviews on this tank
    2: what would guys pay for a second hand one?, this one does not come with the Skimmer

    Your Views will be appreciated
     
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  3. seank

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    Dunno, but never heard of a Red Sea max crack....
     
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    Hey this is one nice plug and play tank. Normally sells for around R10k second hand.
     
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    It is an awesome tank, there are several members on site that have this tank, so if you have any questions on setup or add ons that are needed, just ask :) IMO it is best plug and play system currently available (I am biased in this opinion :p )
    At standard, it is a great tank to help you start off, there some some additional things (a chiller being the main addition) that you will need.
    Why can you not get it with the standard skimmer though? There is only one other skimmer that I know that can fit in the rear compartment (deltec mc500) and we can get in South Africa.

    As for cost, it will depend on condition of the tank, cabinet and if there are any additional equipment that the seller is giving with the tank.
     
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    thanks

    Im just worried about that skimmer
    Might be very costly to replace or even to buy the deltic
     
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    Yeah, it is about R2k for the complete skimmer if I add the individual components cost.
    What are your other options? You can check out the classifieds for second hand tanks and equipment :)
     
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    can get a red sea 130D all working for the same price
    or a bOyu 550 for much less
     
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    Rather find out what the skimmer costs to replace and make a decision from there. The other two tanks are nice but you may end up getting frustrated by the smallish size eventually.
     
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    Know of one currently for sale ( with chiller i think) for R15 000 in Durban.
     
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    you can use tunze skimmer in it it costs about 1200 new
    it you want a better plan, add a sump to it and put the skimmer in there
     
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    It looks like those skimmers are about 3000
    Are these red seas difficult to maintain or shall I say expensive to maintain?
     
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    I have a stock red sea skimmer and it is not difficult to maintain. Cant speak of the other ones
     
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    Maintaining a tank is only as difficult as you make it.
    Apart from the chiller and, in your case, the skimmer, you should not need to spend any additional money on equipment.

    For the lights, you can stagger the change so that the impact on your pocket is not so severe i.e. change 3 tubes at a time every 6 months.

    For filtration, I use purigen, lots of seachem matrix (I think I have double the recommended amount), carbon and filter floss. This combination works well for my tank.

    You can add a sump as @hadiosbourne suggested, there are some websites that offer it and you can see how it fits into the cabinet. You will have to do this first before stocking your tank as I can assume that it will be very difficult to retrofit once the tank is stocked.
     
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    The RSM is a very good system for a beginner. We have it now for a year and have never had any issues with it. Its literally plug and play as they profess.

    there are upgrades you can do to the tank but apart from this the maintenance is much like a normal tank.

    Contact Jungle Aquatics for the Skimmer
     
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    So I have been offered a RSM 250 for R9000 without the skimmer
    Condition looks good about 2 years old


    What do u guys think??
     
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    Decent price but can't really comment without seeing the condition of the tank. You should also be mindful of which version this one is, the newer 250's have glass bracing on the inside; the older tanks do not.

    Hope it helps! :)
     
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