Red Sea Max E - 260 ReefLED Complete Reef System - Black
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Fully Featured REEF-SPEC Open Top Reef Aquariums
The MAX E-series combines a contemporary, rimless design with state of the art technology.
The fully-featured REEF-SPEC  MAX E system provides everything necessary in order to enable you to enjoy the beauty and diversity of your own piece of thriving coral reef, rather than worrying about component selection, suitability and compatibility.
The MAX E-Series features the very latest in reef-keeping technology including the Red Sea’s all new ReefLED 90 lighting with Wi-Fi control, REEF-SPEC filtration and circulation systems, a revolutionary modular sump system and a one-plug control panel.
Red Sea MAX True REEF-SPEC for a successful reef
The Red Sea MAX REEF-SPEC performance criteria is the result of Red Sea’s years of research into the sustainable growth of all corals, including the most delicate “SPS” corals, in an artificial reef environment. This knowledge, gained over 25 years, forms the basis for the specification of all Red Sea MAX Aquarium systems designs.
Reef-safe ReefLED 90 Lighting
The MAX E-Series incorporate the all-new Red Sea ReefLED 90 lights which are designed to ensure optimal coral growth and maximum rendition of their vibrant colors.
At the heart of the unit is a compact Led array that provides a reef-safe range of REEF-SPEC light through a single REEF-SPEC Blue (23,000 Kelvin) channel that consists of an optimum combination of ultraviolet, violet and blue LEDs and an 8,000 Kelvin white channel. In addition, it has a separate dedicated 3W Moonlight channel to provide the low levels of light for reef-safe nighttime viewing.
The ReefLED includes a single optical-glass, hollow lens that creates a homogenous light giving a dramatic coral coloration and a gentle shimmer throughout the aquarium.
ReefLED is controlled by Red Sea’s ReefBeat App which provides a wide range of easy to use functions such as random clouds, acclimation for new installations and a lunar cycle for the moonlights.
The LED unit is firmly bolted to the aquarium and can be rotated to give easy access to the rear sump for all of the regular maintenance requirements or for reefscaping.
The MAX E-170 reef aquarium system uses a single ReefLED 90 unit while the MAX E-260 reef aquarium system has 2 units that are seamlessly paired together by the ReefBeat.
MAX E-Series Revolutionary Modular Sump system (patent pending)
Dual sump options for total flexibility. The MAX E-Series feature a unique sump system, enabling simple conversion of the integrated rear sump into a fully operational stand alone in-cabinet sump.
Start your reef with the built-in rear sump that houses the complete REEF-SPEC filtration and circulation systems. If you decide to add additional equipment such as a calcium reactor, the modular filtration system can easily be expanded by installing an optional Red Sea in-cabinet sump.
Red Sea’s unique overflow system, with its fully regulated silent-flow downpipe (as used in the top-of–the-range S-Series), easily connects to the integrated multiport bulkhead without the need for any cutting, gluing or emptying of the entire aquarium.
The optional sump conversion kit includes a customized glass sump with a dedicated constant height skimmer chamber, a flow-regulated overflow system and an integrated automatic top up.
MAX E-Series Ultra Clear Glass
The front and two side panels of the Max E-Series are constructed from Ultra-Clear glass for the ultimate viewing experience. The 12mm thickness of the front panel allows us to avoid using bracing bars, enabling a clean rimless design with smart beveled edges top and bottom.
MAX E-Series Circulation
Twin European Eco pumps used in the MAX E-260 provide 4,300 l/h (1100g/h)  of water flow, circulating the entire water volume 16 times an hour through the filter system. MAX E-170 is equipped with 2150l/h pump. The flow is returned to the aquarium via the discrete multidirectional “eye ball” nozzles that can be adjusted to ensure there are no dead spots within the aquarium, preventing harmful detritus from building up on the corals.
MAX E-Series Rear Sump
The MAX E-Series aquariums are divided into 2 parts – Aquarium and the Rear Sump that discretely houses all of the filtration and circulation systems. The MAX E-Series sumps contain multistage filtration consisting of a REEF-SPEC protein skimmer, activated carbon and mechanical filter materials. The sump has dedicated space available for additional chemical filter media as well as the addition of a chiller.
MAX E-Series Protein Skimmer
The heart of the filtration system is the protein skimmer. The MSK 900 skimmer implements Red Sea’s REEF-SPEC criteria for SPS corals, passing the entire volume of the aquarium water through the skimmer at least 3 times per hour and with a 3 to 1 water to air ratio. The design of MAX E skimmers is not affected by the regular fluctuation in the water level of the rear sump due to evaporation and has an adjustable outlet gate to maintain the optimal skimmate consistency which will vary according to actual water conditions. The new skimmer pump and impellor run cooler and quieter than before and the built in silencer on the air intake does a great job of eliminating skimmer noise.
MAX E-Series Media Rack
The rear sump includes a convenient media rack for Red Sea’s new highly adsorbent phosphate-free REEF-SPEC Carbon which is supplied with the MAX E system, and has extra shelves for the easy addition of other chemical filter media.
Chiller Ready Kit
The Red Sea MAX E-Series sump has a dedicated place for the addition of a chiller pump as well as a convenient connection bracket for the chiller piping (Chiller and pipes are not supplied with the system).
Integrated Power Center
The MAX E-Series incorporates the one-plug MAX concept and features a power center with easy access to 7 individually switched power sockets for all system electrical sub-components. The power center is conveniently located in the cabinet and enables safe and easy control of all of the MAX sub-systems.
The MAX E-Series feature a marine-spec laminate cabinet fronted with weatherproof epoxy painted doors with convenient push openers as well as soft close stainless steel hinges. The cabinets are ventilated to provide convection cooling for a chiller. Offered with black or white exteriors, all cabinets have a black interior which maintains its clean appearance over time.
Red Sea MAX E-Series Features
Specification Description Max-E 170 Max-E260
Aquarium volume Display tank
140 L
(37 gal)
213 L
(56 gal)
Aquarium glass thickness Ultra-clear front and side panels
12 mm
12 mm
Surface skimmer Removable Surface Skimmer X X
LED Lighting system ReefLED 50 1 unit (90w) 1 unit (180w)
Lighting control

Wi-Fi based system compatible with all iOS,
Android, and Wi-Fi enabled Mac or PC.

Total circulation lph (gph) Hidden circulation pump 1 x 2150 (570) 2 x 2150 (570)
Protein skimmer

MSK 900: 900 lph (240 gph) water flow – 250 lph (66 gph) air flow

Chiller installation kit Fittings for easy chiller installation X X
Integrated power center Individual on/off switches for
circulation and skimmer pumps
7 outlets 7 outlets
Mechanical filtration Low density sponge filter media X X
Media Rack For rear sump X X
Chemical filtration High grade phosphate-free activated carbon
(7 oz)
(14 oz)
Cabinet frame  Marine Spec X X
Cabinet Compartments Dedicated chiller compartment (not in E-170 if optional in-cabinet sump installed) X X
Length Display tank
60 cm
90 cm
Width Display tank
57.5 cm
57.5 cm
Height Display tank
55 cm
55 cm
Total system height (excluding LED light unit)
142 cm
142 cm
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