Red Sea Max E260

Marlborough
Volume 260 Liters
Dimensions 90cm x 57cm x 55cm
Make Red Sea
Model Red Sea Max E260
Timeline

Introduction

This my Red Sea Max E260 - second marine aquarium I've kept. I had a Red Sea Max 130 when they first came out in 2008 for about 18 months, however had to sell due to my degree taking up most of my time. My Brother got a Fluval M40 in Summer 2015 and I wanted to get back into it since - now I have!
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  • Purple Brush Gorgonian / Muriceopsis flavida

Background

I spent about 6 months researching, finding out about different types of aquariums and saving money. Was going to go for a Red Sea Reefer 250 but after seeing the AI lights on the Max E260 that sold it for me!
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  • Big Polyp Blastomussa Coral / Blastomussa wellsi

Photos

Filtration

I went for the sump upgrade. It has a pair of Red Sea filter socks (100 micron), 2 TMC Bio reactors - one for phosphate remover and the other for carbon, the standard Red Sea MSK 900 protein skimmer (may upgrade but is performing well so far) and about 20kg of live rock. Added a TMC V2 bio react 500 with NP pellets - keeps the nitrate at 0.

Have now upgraded the skimmer after 1 month of running. The new Skimz is so much quieter and is taking out a lot more waste.
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  • Assorted Zoas / Zoanthus

Lighting

The Aquaillumination Hydra 26 HDs are awesome! Completely controlled by an app on my iPad and 9 hour lighting schedule set up from 9:30am sunrise ramping up to a 4 hour period at a high intensity then ramping down to a 8pm sunset. Also has a lunar cycle.
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  • Mushroom / Discosoma sp

Flow

Standard circulation pumps - 2x 2150. Looking to get a Maxspect Gyre XF130 soon.
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  • Lordhowensis Coral / Acanthastrea lordhowensis

Measurements

Phosphate
Alkalinity
450
Calcium
1
Nitrate
Nitrite
Ammonia
8.2
pH
35
Salinity
25
Temperature
Magnesium

Inhabitants

5 Fish

Blue Tang Paracanthurus hepatus
Flame Angelfish Centropyge loriculus
2 Ocellaris Clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris
Yellow Tang Zebrasoma flavescens

33 Corals

Assorted Zoas Zoanthus
Assorted Zoas Zoanthus sp.
Assorted Zoas Zoanthus sp.
Assorted Zoas Zoanthus sp.
Assorted Zoas Zoanthus sp.
Brain Coral, Favia sp.
Brain Coral, Trachyphyllia Trachyphyllia geoffroyi
Brain Coral, Trachyphyllia Trachyphyllia geoffroyi
Bullseye Mushroom Rhodactis inchoata
Candy Cane Coral Caulastrea furcata
Chalice Coral Echinophyllia aspera
Elegance Coral Catalaphyllia jardinei
Frogspawn Coral - Branched Euphyllia paradivisa
Giant Star Moseleya latistellata
Hammer / Anchor Coral Euphyllia ancora
Jasmine Polyp Knopia sp.
Lordhowensis Coral Acanthastrea lordhowensis
Lordhowensis Coral Acanthastrea lordhowensis
Lordhowensis Coral Acanthastrea lordhowensis
Lordhowensis Coral Acanthastrea lordhowensis
Mushroom Discosoma sp
Purple Brush Gorgonian Muriceopsis flavida
Ricordea Mushroom Ricordea yuma
Toadstool Leather Sarcophyton sp
Torch Coral Euphyllia glabrescens
Torch Coral Euphyllia glabrescens
Torch Coral Euphyllia glabrescens

24 Invertebrate

Bulb Anemone Entacmaea quadricolor
5 Cerith Snail Cerithium sp.
5 Nassarius Snail Nassarius sp.
2 Peppermint Shrimp Lysmata wurdemanni complex
2 Red Line Cleaner Shrimp Lysmata amboinensis
Turbo Snail Turbo fluctuosa

Equipment

Feeding See more

Ghost feed of artemia · Mysis · Artemia · Reef Roids · Artemia with Spirulina · Reef roids, reef pearls and Red Sea coral energy

Maintenance

Daily:
Clean skimmer
Clean glass inside and out

Weekly:
10%-15% water change
clean/replace filter socks
Test all parameters
Clear detritus from rocks
Top up NP Biopellets

Monthly:
Change carbon
Change RowaPhos
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On average you perform a 15.6% water change every 7 days.

0% total water change in September.

Diary Entries View all Diary Entries

Added Ned dry rock. Changed the aquascape so there is more room for corals.
New polyps settled in well and all open today.
Been on holiday for a week and my bother was looking after the tank. When I returned, all the SPS were white underneath and brown on the top. When taken out to inspect them, they smelled very bad so a
Stylophora and Favia both have a little die back and green hair algae growing on it. Tang has made short work is most of it already and the rest should go within a few days. Also a small crab spotted
Lemon Peel has gone - Yellow tang and flame angel replaced it.
Upgraded the standard Red Sea Prism to a Skims. So much quieter!

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