Embracing a plug and play aquarium for personal coral reefs

How to control Acropora Eating Flatworms (AEFW)

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 in Education, Equipment | 0 comments

Acropora Eating Flatworms (AEFW) almost destroyed my tank. My fight against those sly AEFW’s began about a month ago in this post. Since then I have been periodically blasting my corals in the tank with a pipette/turkey baster as a test and haven’t seen any AEFW come off of the corals. If there are any AEFW’s they usually come off of the coral because of the pressure from the turkey baster. Also all coral polyps are out, corals are growing and coloring up again and I can’t see any AEFW eggs. I don’t see any bite marks either! Once you see these things in your tank they are so easy to recognize again. It seems like I am winning the battle against AEFW’s. Below I have outlined my procedure to help you in case AEFW’s are affecting your tank....

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Video update of Red Sea Max Reef after 17 months

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 in Equipment, Fish, Reef Critters, Video | 0 comments

The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube. Video update of the Red Sea Max Reef and it’s growth after 17 months. I am disappointed in the quality of this quick video. This was filmed with the iPhone 4S but I need to get a better video camera. Any suggestion? My last video update of the tank was 8 months ago and posted again below for comparison. The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube.  ...

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Red Sea Max S-500 Video Update 6 from Majestic Aquariums

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 in Equipment, RSM S-Series, Video | 0 comments

The Red Sea Max S-500 is looking “spectacular” from the guys at Majestic Aquariums in Australia. I have to say, it has matured amazingly well, seems well worth the money and I am jealous that I don’t have an S500. Check out their sixth video update of the S-500 of the Red Sea Max S-Series. The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube. Also check out the other Red Sea Max S-Series S-500 videos here. If you have a Red Sea Max S-Series aquarium please share with...

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Red Sea Max S-500 Video Update 5 from Majestic Aquariums

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 in Equipment, RSM S-Series, Video | 0 comments

The Red Sea Max S-500 has some interesting developments including exploding Acropora coral growth from the guys at Majestic Aquariums in Australia. Check out their fifth video update of the S-500 of the Red Sea Max S-Series. The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube. Also check out the other Red Sea Max S-Series S-500 videos...

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Red Sea Max S-500 Video Update 4 from Majestic Aquariums

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 in Equipment, RSM S-Series, Video | 0 comments

The Red Sea Max S500 continues to do well and looks awesome from the guys at Majestic Aquariums in Australia. Check out their fourth video update where an Achillies Tang was added to the S500. The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube. Also check out the other Red Sea Max S-Series S-500...

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Red Sea Max 250 replacement lighting

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 in Equipment, Guides | 10 comments

The Red Sea Max 250 out of the box T5 fluorescent lighting has been great for all coral growth so far. I wasn’t impressed with the color of my corals though as corals require different wavelengths of light to fluoresce in different colors. Since T5 bulbs for a reef tank should be changed every 9-12 months, I decided to not use Red Sea’s bulbs but experiment with a wider spectrum of light. I replaced the manufacturer’s bulbs with ATI T5 39 watt fluorescent bulbs and couldn’t have been happier. The corals look great and grow well. If you are going to replace your Red Sea Max 250 lights, please consider the below recommendation and arrangement (really) as I did much research to arrive at this layout and it works well. Note: replace one bulb every three days or even...

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2 Videos of the Red Sea Max S-500 from Australia

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 in Equipment, RSM S-Series, Video | 0 comments

Have you heard of the all new Red Sea Max S-Series all-in-one plug and play aquarium? No, then you can read about it here and watch an underground video. If you have, then there is no doubt you want more because you can’t get your hands on a tank until November (UK) or December (US). However, Majestic Aquariums has it in Australia and the videos are linked below for you. I guess you can get your hands on it by visiting Australia. Australia’s first Red Sea Max S-500 Part 1 The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube.   Australia’s second Red Sea Max S-500 Part 2 The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube. And of...

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What comes after the Red Sea Max 250?

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 in Equipment, Featured, RSM S-Series, Video | 1 comment

And the answers are, Max-S 400, Max S-500 and Max S-650 summed up as the Max S-Series! The numbers refer to the total tank volumes in liters. Red Sea Max S-400 – 400 Liters or 110 Gallons Red Sea Max S-500 – 500 Liters or 135 Gallons Red Sea Max S-650 – 650 Liters or 175 Gallons Now, slowly close you dropped jaw and read on for the details about these 3 new tanks from Red Sea. These are apparently already available in the UK and in the USA can be pre-ordered from your local fish store for delivery in November 2011, according to a Red Sea representative. Say hello to sumps. The specifications of each tank can be found in the table below. You can also find more information  and glamor shots in Red Sea’s Red Sea Max...

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