Red Sea has just unveiled their MAX S-Series aquariums which are an all-in-one tank similar to their max aquarium series. The original max aquarium series come in three flavors either the Red Sea Max 130D, Max 250, or yet to be shipping: Max 500. The new Red Sea Max S series aims to raise the bar higher in terms of water volume. The new S-Series Aquariums will increase the water volume significantly with three models including: S400 (400 liters or 106 gallons, S500 (500 liters or 132 gallons), and S650 (650 liters or 172 gallons). But that is not all that Red Sea is adding, hit the break below to read all the details.
Max S-Series by Red Sea
While the Max 250, and 500 were impressive in their own right, the differences between the new Max S series are significant. Red Sea is adding popular reef aquarium features with aquarium receiving a full sized sump including overflow pluming and return pump. This is completely different than the Max series which included the filtration behind the tank in an easy to manufacture way. Plus, Red Sea is adding on the Max S Series a spot for your chiller including plumbing connections. Protein skimming will be accomplished by Red Sea’s own C-Skim protein skimmer located in the sump below the tank. Included lighting is stated to be a very powerful 10 lamp T5 combination (5 x 10K + 5 x actinic) plus LED moonlights to get your fish and corals in the proper mood. The aquarium itself is being marketed as an “HD optically clear glass aquarium” which we are assuming to mean low-iron glass. If it is low iron then score a big win for the reef keeping hobby in general.
Folks that live in the UK will receive these units first, with an availability date of September 2011. Red Sea’s Max S Series will receive an international launch with dates and prices to follow in the months ahead. Prices in the UK are as follows:
S500 £3500 ($5624)
S650 £4000 ($6428)
Aquarium: Power and Elegance Combined
MAX S-Series aquariums are constructed from 12 mm of HD
optically clear, (low iron) glass with a surface skimmer along the
entire rear wall. The aquarium includes a discreet rear chamber
housing powerful circulation pumps and a flow controlled
downpipe to the in-cabinet sump. The positioning of the circulation
pumps guarantees complete water circulation throughout the entire
The saltwater-resistant colour trim around the top and bottom
of the aquarium is long-lasting and can be replaced at any time
should a different colour scheme be preferred.
Sophisticated, Upgradeable Lighting System
The unique MAX S-Series slide & swivel lighting system consists of three individually switched lighting units. The
identical front and rear 4 x T5 units are hinged to the lighting chassis that slides across the top of the aquarium
providing total access for all maintenance and reefscaping tasks.
The centre unit has an additional 2 x T5 lights and 12 LED moonlights. Additional configurations for the centre unit
will be available in the future. Changeable front and side colour trim panels match the aquarium and cabinet. A dual
timer lighting controller is included as part of the complete system controller in the cabinet.
Total Reef Filtration
The complete reef filtration system starts with the surface skimmer
that feeds the water via a flow regulated downpipe to the in-cabinet
sump filtration system. The filtered water is returned to the aquarium
by a main system pump that also supplies water to all of the filtration
systems such as the protein skimmer, an optional chiller and/or
reactors. Connection between the aquarium and sump is via standard
union connectors so no gluing is required. The MAX S-System is supplied
with the main system pump, C-Skim 1800 protein skimmer, mechanical
and carbon filtration media and all piping including preparation to
connect a chiller and auxiliary reactors.
Reef Spec Customizable Cabinet
Internal: The aquarium is supported by a marine-spec anodized aluminium profile frame and adjustable feet
to ensure perfect alignment in all locations. The sump compartment is lined to ensure a durable splash proof
External style: Make your Max S unique by choosing from a variety of six body colours. The trims and the cabinet
colours can be customized in no fewer than 36 combinations. The oven-painted panels and doors are attached to the
frame and since they are not load-bearing they can be replaced at any time allowing renovation or a complete colour
change on a functioning aquarium. This feature combined with the replaceable trim on the light and aquarium will
add a significant resale value to the MAX S-Series.
Integrated Power Centre
The MAX S-Series follows the one-plug MAX concept and features a
power control centre with easy access to 10 individually switched power
sockets for all pumps, heaters, skimmer, reactors etc. in addition to the
lighting controller module.
Read the full Max S brochure via Red Sea