Red Sea Max E-Series 260


    When I first decided to set up a saltwater aquarium I bought a Coralife Biocube 29, which was considered a nano tank.  This tank had a built- in sump in the back and a cover with both a fluorescent white light and an actinic light, as well as an LED Moon light.  The pump was included so all I needed to buy was the live rock, filter media and the fish.  This setup was all I needed as a complete beginner to the saltwater fish hobby and it was less expensive than buying the individual parts I needed.  This worked great until I wanted to add a couple more fish and corals.  The problem with a smaller tank like this is that once something goes wrong with the water the entire tank is affected very quickly.  I had numerous outbreaks of green hair algae and had a very difficult time getting rid of it.  I also spent a lot of money replacing fish that had died.  Part of the problem with dying fish was that my LFS (local fish store) sold me fish that were incompatible. The LFS owner kept saying she would come and see my tank to help me figure out my problem. She never did. It was all talk.  She was more interested in selling  fish!

    After about 2 years with this tank I had to decide if I wanted to give up the hobby or get a bigger tank.  I decided to visit a bigger shop that dealt only with saltwater fish and corals and equipment.  After talking with the owners, who were very helpful, my husband and I settled upon a Red Sea Max E-series 260 aquarium setup, which is a 70 gallon tank. This was a reef ready setup with little else to buy.  I wanted to keep fish and Kevin wanted to keep corals, so this was perfect.  This setup included the sump in the back, a powerful protein skimmer, LED lights, media basket and sponges, pumps and cabinet.  We paid a little extra to get an ATO (automatic water top off) and a heater.  We chose the white cabinet which was a little more expensive,  instead of the black cabinet. A few months later we bought a lid because some of the fish we wanted were "jumpers" and the lid would prevent loss of these fish.

    Once we picked up the aquarium and cabinet it was quite easy to assemble everything.  We then transferred our live rock, some of the sand and water and the snails and hermit crabs to the new tank. After about a week we transferred the fish and eventually added new fish and of course corals.  Since we have had the Red Sea setup we have had no problems with the water quality or algae blooms.  It honestly is much easier taking care of this tank than the Biocube 29 we had previously.  I would highly recommend the Red Sea Max E- Series tanks to anyone, either a beginner or someone who simply want sto upgrade their existing tank. You can check out the options here on the Red Sea website.


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