Right when you walked into the show floor of ReefStock 2015 last weekend, the first thing you saw is the glorious new creation from Red Sea called simply, the Reefer Tank. Aquarium manufacturers have offered equipment to keep and grow aquatic life as separate pieces or as all in one kits, but the Reefer series is the first to offer a great tank with a killer stand and a versatile sump in a package that encourages users to pick and choose the other associated equipment.
Red Sea has a recent history of getting products really right, most notably their range of Red Sea MAX tanks which put the All in One tank firmly on the map. Therefore it was not hard to let ourselves get excited by the promotional materials describing the Red Sea Reefer series, but seeing this tank in the flesh was even more enthralling.
With just water and a fine layer of sand inside it, the Red Sea Reefer tank displayed at ReefStock was by far the most beautiful aquarium of the show which didn’t even have any lights on it. To recap, the Reefer is defined by being a very high quality rimless glass aquarium with high clarity panes, and a built-in low profile overflow.
The Reefer stand is glossy and double-doored with the internal footprint carefully allotting for space next to the included sump. The sump is equipped with a small top off chamber, a mechanical prefilter and a sizable area for a nice protein skimmer. These are all features that were well documented in the press releases from Red Sea but perhaps the most impressive feature of the Reefer tank is one which cannot be seen or heard.
The specially designed overflow in the Red Sea Reefer tank uses a series of baffles and one downflow valve to absolutely extinguish the sound of draining water to nearly imperceptible levels. While we were checking out the Red Sea Reefer tank running at ReefStock, we had a “QuietDrive moment” when we realized the tank was running but it was impossible to hear the sound of water coming from the overflow drain, even with our ear literally inside it.
By this time, there are oodles of people who are clamoring to get a Red Sea Reefer tank of their own, and having now seen one in the flesh, we can testify that the Reefers will live up to the pre-release hype.