Red Sea REEF-SPEC

Red Sea True Reef Specification for a successful Reef.
Creating optimal Reef Conditions in your aquarium.

The Red Sea  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.

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Red Sea  REEF-SPEC® General Features

 

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REEF-SPEC® Lighting

Current research into the photobiology of corals has provided new insights into the definition of Reef-Spec lighting and is the basis for the lighting configurations used in all MAX® aquarium systems.

 

Based on Red Sea’s research, the optimal light for sustainable coral growth in MAX® reef systems
(including the most demanding SPS coral species) has a PUR (Photosynthetic Utilized Radiation) value
of approximately 400 micromoles per square meter per second at the water surface.

 

The PUR is a combination of the relevant wavelengths required for zooxanthellae
photosynthesis, in combination with full visible spectrum (400-700nm) PAR readings.

 

The ideal PUR is achieved by providing the optimal light spectrum distribution and an optimal irradiance
of photon flux (intensity and polarization of the light) during the daily photoperiod.

 

All these factors have a significant impact on the photobiology of corals and therefore can only be
considered as a whole and not by their individual parts.

 

The all-new AI Hydra 26 HD & Prime HD units integrated into the MAX® systems provide the correct
lighting to facilitate strong growth of even the most delicate SPS corals.

 

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REEF-SPEC® Filtration

The heart of the Red Sea MAX® filtration is the protein skimmer, which removes the vast majority of the waste produced by the aquarium inhabitants, as well as thoroughly oxygenating the water.

 

Red Sea defines a REEF-SPEC® skimmer as being one which will pass the aquarium’s water volume through the skimmer 3 times per hour, and with an air:water ratio of 1:3. This skimmer specification sets MAX® filtration apart from other systems and is necessary in order to provide the water quality required by delicate SPS corals. In addition, all MAX® systems are equipped with full size mechanical and chemical filtration.

 

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REEF-SPEC® Circulation

Sufficient water flow is crucial to provide corals and other sessile invertebrates with the nutrients and minerals (e.g. calcium) necessary for growth.
Turbulence of the water surface is necessary to prevent the accumulation of a bio-film that reduces both light penetration and efficient gas exchange.

 

Red Sea’s REEF-SPEC® circulation defines a required turnover of 10-15 times per hour of the total water volume. Accordingly, MAX® systems are equipped with a full-size surface skimmer and powerful circulation pumps, all housed discreetly within the design ensuring the beauty of the aquarium is not compromised.