Red Sea Max 130D Plug & Play Coral Reef System 34 Gallon Aquarium w/ Stand - Black

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Red Sea Max 130D - The Complete 34 Gallon Coral Reef System
Red Sea is pleased to introduce the new Max 130D. The 130D includes numerous significant upgrades and improvements from the original Max 130, and reflects feedback received from thousands of Max owners, dealers and distributors since the original launch almost 2 years ago. You will readily appreciate the enhanced features of this new Max 130D over the original version, and the entire system is now easier to use, requires less maintenance and will give even higher performance levels.

The following key elements differentiate the Max Coral Reef System from other marine aquariums:

‘Reef Spec’ Lighting, Filtration, Skimming and Circulation: Extensive research and development carried out in our laboratories clearly shows that in order to sustain delicate hard corals such as SPS species, it is essential to meet certain criteria. This is especially true when we remember that many Max aquariums may be purchased by less experienced hobbyists.

Protein Skimming, Filtration & Circulation: Delivering reef spec performance of 3x per hour aquarium volume circulation, and more than a 3:1 water to air ratio, the Turbo injected protein skimmer now has a foam adjustment feature which makes it even easier to use over a wide range of water conditions. The filtration system has been improved to ensure less water flow restrictions. A full sized, adjustable surface skimmer pulls water from the top of the aquarium where most waste collects. This upgrade reduces maintenance and aids water flow through the filter, making air bubble release far less prevalent. New biological media, improved media bags and an upgraded foam filter ensures water flows more freely through the entire filter chamber. The 130D includes a fittings accessory kit which makes it simple to add a chiller, external filter etc.

Lighting: Reef Spec lighting of 4watts per gallon is controlled by a high quality timer and consists of upgraded twin 55w T5 Power Compact lamps giving 110 watts output. An additional fan is now included in order to aid cooling during hot periods.

New Cabinet & Color Options: Available in Black and Silver, the Max 130D has a redesigned cabinet, reflecting a modern look and incorporating improved air flow through the cabinet to aid chiller efficiency.
Red Sea MAX Aquarium
Upgrades and Improvements
  • Adjustable Overflow Box – Improved surface skimming
  • Increased LED Night Lights from 2 to 4
  • 3 stage hood opening – Addition of upright position for easier filter maintenance
  • Filter compartment water level viewer
  • Improved Protein Skimmer – Adjustable height neck allows for stable skimming over a wider range of conditions
  • Thicker rim around top of aquarium – allows for a bigger drop in water level due to evaporation without seeing water surface
  • Coarser Mesh for bio media bag – to reduce clogging
  • Coarser Foam filter material – to reduce clogging
  • Accessory Kit – Water inlet and outlet connectors for external devices such as chillers
  • Repositioning of Power Center cable to rear of the Aquarium
  • Anti-drip strip on Skimmer compartment cover
  • Easier to use Cable Channel Cover
  • Rounded corners on the front of hood
  • A new single, high efficiency 360 gph European manufactured pump
  • “Eye ball” multi-directional water outlet
Increased User Friendliness: The hood has been upgraded to allow 3-stage opening. It is now possible to fully open the hood for major maintenance to the aquarium. In addition the cable channel covers are now easier to use, and the main cord leaves the aquarium through a channel in the back of the aquarium rather than from the side. All of these upgrades improve the overall user-friendliness of the system. To further aid you, every Max 130D is supplied with a full length DVD that will guide you through the set up and maintenance of a MAX coral reef aquarium. 

Overview: The Red Sea Max 130D combines all the technology necessary to grom and maintain a healthy reef. The Max gives aquarists an opportunity to focus on the joy and beauty of the hobby rather than on the component selection and installation. Optimal lighting, filtration, temperature and circulation make reefkeeping easier than ever before and ensures maximum success for aquarists of all levels.

Filtration & Circulation
Reef Filtration & Circulation The Red Sea Max features a complete 4-stage reef filtration systems, designed to provide perfect water conditions for all reef inhabitants. An adjustable height surface skimmer (a) takes water from where the highest concentration of waste materials is found.

The turbo air injection skimmer developed specifically for the max circulates the water volume through the skimmer more than 3 times per hour at an air/water ratio of 1:3 providing ideal skimming specifications for a hard coral (SPS) reef aquarium. The unique foam adjuster(b) ensures that foam can be produced in all water conditions.

Mechanical filtration removes the large organic substances while Phosophate-free active carbon acts as a large chemical sponge; absorbing dissolved organic carbons from the water. Highly porous bio-media provides a huge surface area for nitrifying bacteria. Additional equipment such as a chiller or an external filter can easily be added with the accessory kit (c) supplies with each unit.
MAX 130D filtration & circulation unit
1 - Adjustable height surface skimmer
2 - Mechanical filter sponge
3 - Professional turbo protein skimmer/320 gph pump
4 - Compartment for chiller pump
5 - Access panel for chiller inlet/outlet tubes
6 - Thermostat-controlled heater
7 - Highly porous ceramic biological filter media
8 - Activated carbon chemical media
9 - A new single, high efficiency 360 gph European manufactured pump with “eye ball” multi-directional water outlet
10 - Water cooling fan

Reef Lighting
Complete Lighting System Complete Lighting System
  • 2x 55w 50/50 10,000K & Actinic T5 Power compact lamps
  • 4x LED Moonlights
  • Electronic Ballast
  • High polish textured aluminum reflector
  • Fan-cooled hood for extended life of electronic components
  • High transparency polished lens

Control Panels
Hood Control Panel Hood Control Panel
24h programmable lighting timer with integral on/off/auto switch as well as an On/Off switch for moonlights.
Main Control Panel Main Control Panel
Conveniently positioned water-proof power switches for all aquarium components.

3-Stage Accessibility
Hood Control Panel Stage 1 - Feeding
Full width front opening for feeding, monitoring and other light maintenance.

Stage 2 - Aquascaping
For aquascaping, the intire hood can be raised and secured at an angle that provides full light without glare

Stage 3 - Maintenance
For full access to both the aquarium and filtration compartments, the hood can be secured in an almost vertical position.

Tank Specifications
Dimensions (LxWxH) 24 x 20 x 23.8" Hood opening 3 positions
Total Water Volume 34 gal Circulation pumps 1 x 360 gph
Aquarium Volume 29 gal Skimmer water throughput 100 gph
Filter Volume 5 gal Skimmer max air flow 32 gal
Glass Thickness 0.3" Skimmer foam adjuster yes
Cabinet (LxWxH) 24 x 20 x 32" Heater wattage 150W
Lighting 2 x 55W T5 Power Compact Mechanical filter yes
Lighting - 10,000K 55W Biological Filtration (active surface area) 1,200 sq ft/gal
Lighting - Actinic 55W Activated carbon 7 oz
Lighting - LED 4 Power center 5 outlets
Lighting timer Analog Water cooling fans yes w/ external power supply

Product Manuals & Documentation

Red Sea Max 130D Plug & Play Coral Reef System 34 Gallon Aquarium w/ Stand - Black

Owner's Manual available for download in Adobe PDF file format

Manufacturer Info

With a dedicated team of scientists and other professionals, Red Sea is widely recognized as a leading innovator and manufacturer of quality products for aquarium hobbyists. Red Sea constantly strives to provide hobbyists of all levels with highly effective solution-driven products designed to make your fish-keeping experience as enjoyable and successful as possible.

The embodiment of Red Sea’s dedication to providing solutions for today’s reef-keepers is its range of MAX-NANO, MAX-E & MAX-S aquariums- The only choice for true Plug & Play™ coral reef aquariums, now featuring the very latest in LED lighting technology.

For advanced reef-keepers the Red Sea REEFER provides a great platform into which you can add your own selection of hardware. With its ultra-clear glass, ATO built-in, silent flow valve and superb quality of finish the REEFER sets the standard for those wishing to customize. REEFER is also available as a Deluxe version with LED lighting included.

Red Sea’s unique Reef Care Program (RCP) provides a comprehensive, safe and easy to use program for testing and supplementing within reef aquaria, and is perfectly complemented by Red Sea’s Coral Pro & Red Sea Salt’s, which has become the salt of choice for those seeking the very highest quality water quality for their coral reef aquariums. Both salts are made using a unique natural process which delivers unrivalled homogeneity and is perfect for delicate corals. Check your individual bucket of salt’s composition using Red Sea’s innovative new “MyBatch” software.

Whatever your aquatic needs, Red Sea delivers high quality innovative, solution based products.

13 Reviews



Experience Level: Intermediate


The setup instructions could be better also only received one pump did not receive skimmer filter and still waiting for the skimmer to work.

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Experience Level: Intermediate

Great quaity / Loud skimmer

I've been ruuning this tank for about 11 months. Super high quality. Best nano system out there (IMO). I would give it 10 stars if Red Sea would address the really loud skimmer pump. Even the back overflow wall is thick smoked glass. I've upgrade to another skimmer with a super quiet Sicce pump. Other than that I have no complaints. Red Sea customer service is second to none. Parts and upgrades for the 130d are everywhere world wide. I would buy again and I recommend this nano system. Get a auto water top system for tank it will make the protein skimmer run great. Keeping the water height stable is the secret to running a nano system. I recommend the Tunze 3155.

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Experience Level: Intermediate


If your looking to start a reef aquarium and dont want the trouble and hassle of buying individual components then look no further. I did the research for a long time and found this a much better system than ANY of the other plug-n-pray systems out there, hands down. It is also way better than any of the nano cubes out there which just have cheap parts in them. Red Sea really did all the homework for you and has put together a great system with quality components and took the time to do it right.

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Experience Level: Intermediate

90 days later....

I wanted to wait a few months rather than write a great review while still in the throws of newbie excitement. Am 90 days in as my reef has cycled thorugh algae blooms & overstocking. The aquarium is a solid piece of construction. Stand is high quality, and a nice looking piece of furniture. This is no low end system/stand. It takes a while to assemble the stand, but the end result is well worth it. Positives are great look, quality build, protein skimmer and jets work well. Water quality is very good if just shy of perfect. All in one has minor drawbacks as getting to the charcoal filter media involves some disassembly of the hood, pumps everytime. To me, the sheer beauty of the unit makes up for that small issue. I know have LPS/Many soft corals/inverts/fish prospering in the tank. Lighting seems sufficient, unless you are intent on having truly top of the line lighting. "Night lights" feature and timer work exceptionally well. As I live in central Texas (Austin) a chiller addition is mandatory, but the neccesary hardware is included to add that upgrade. My tank maintains at 78-80 with the house below 75 degrees. But anticipate a 2-3 degree spike due to the hight summer temps here. I've put a pretty strong bio load on this system already & its functioning strong. I honestly couldn't be happier and recommend the Red Sea Max to anyone from beginner to vet.

11 out of 13 found this review helpful

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Experience Level: Beginner

A Great Tank

After reading numerous reviews and reef keeping forums, I decided to get the RSM and I'm glad I did. All of the hardware is of top quality, all necessary parts came with the tank, nothing was damaged during shipping and setup was easy. Everything needed to set up is included, salt, test kit, hydrometer, lighting, filter media, power heads, protein skimmer, everything but livestock. The only thing I think can stand improvement is the water test kit. The one that I received was, I think =, expired because it showed incorrect ammonia and nitrate levels. I was getting the exact same levels of those chemicals even though I had added several Damselfish to help cycle the biological filter. I bought a different test kit and it agreed with the readings that the local fish store said I was getting.

16 out of 20 found this review helpful

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Experience Level: Expert

Great All in One Aquarium

I like this tank. I have a few friends who use it and I must say it is very nice. Plenty of features, nice stylish look also. This tank makes reefing easier.

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Experience Level: Intermediate

Great tank!

There is no comparison with the beauty of the Red Sea Max 130D and the stand but there are some flows to be fix if the manufacturer want to make it a perfect unit. I’m not regretting the purchasing of this unit but I had few problems that only dealing with a great customer service department from Marine Depot and Red Sea Max has made my problems much easier. The first issue is the high temperature do to the lights and the three power heads. Yes it has a little cooling fan but besides getting the small power supply burned within two weeks of running, it only brought the temp. down from 85F to 83F which is too hot for me and I’m just running the lights for five hours for now. I do live in Miami but my ambient temp. inside my home is 77F. I have a JBJ 24gal Nano and the temp. is at 77F with not chiller and the lights running for 9 hrs. Then I had a trouble with the skimmer power head, it was shutting down like twice a day and was making a laud sound, I could not find the reason. I want to say that Red Sea Max was there for me, I email them and a fan kit together with the skimmer pump was replaced immediately. Yes, there is an issue with the micro bubbles but you will not notice them in a few days they will reduce a 70%. I bought a Chiller Artica 1/10hp model DBA-075 and what a difference it makes. I’m running the chiller with a Maxi jet 1200 but there is not too much space in the back of the tank for it and I could not find where to place a UV light if I want to use one unless you put it in line with the chiller My only mayor issue now is the loudness of the skimmer pump; I thought that it was the old one but the new pump makes the hood vibrates. I have the tank in the family room and you could hear it in the master bedroom. The solution for me is running the skimmer with a timer during the day while at work. When it come to maintenance the tank that is another issue. You have to take the two power heads down when taking out the carbon bag for cleaning. T

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Experience Level: Expert

Good not great

Overall this is a good aquarium with some convenient designs and some design flaws. The glass scratches much easier than other glass aquariums I've had. The cooling fans became noisy after 1 week, but would then quiet down. They steadily became worse, would not quiet down, and needed replacing. Red Sea customer service says you have to replace them about once a year. I've never had to do so with Current and Coralife lights, and the notion of replacing them so frequently is ridiculous. Extremely poor design and annoying customer service - as if replacement is normal maintenance. Give me a break! Maybe I'm just irritable because of living with the annoying cooling fan buzzing like a chainsaw!!!

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Experience Level: Expert

Good but needs better lighting

I like this tank - overall, it is very well built. It has a lot of nice options to it and is one of the nicest all in one tanks on the market.The only area I think it lacks is lighting. It would be a big improvement if they went with a 150 watt HQI bulb. Based on my experience, it would allow you to keep more SPS coral which I love.

4 out of 6 found this review helpful

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Experience Level: Expert

Not Bad

I have the system for about 1 month now, and for the most part, I'm pleased. There are a few issues with the filtration system which you'd expect with an "all in one." We'll see how thing's go, but at this point I'd recommend this unit.

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