This calendar is assuming that you received a reef tank for Christmas 2010 and you start setting it up on the 1st of January 2011. By simply entering your start date it will synchronise your reef Calendar and instruct you through each step of your Max aquarium set up and maintenance.

This will teach you how to run an amazing reef having to really only 1 quick thing a day!

We can have a function of the app for 130 and 250 tanks so it works out all the doses for you.

This is just an example of the idea; we can line up dates that make sense, when we decide what to do with the idea.

This will record and graph all test result and what supplement are added.

The app will have a glossary that allows you to click on a word to get a description of what it means.

January
1st
Watch Instructional Max DVD provided in the box, and be sure to refer to it as often as you need.
2nd

Unpack your Red Sea Max tank and set it up according to the Instructional DVD provided, to the point where it is running and full of water with a salinity of 1.020.

3rd
Check that the salinity is 1.020 and that the temperature is 25’C and then add 10-15kg of live rock.
As you complete any of your tests be sure to add the results to your iphone app for future reference, to receive your next instruction.

4th
Add a standard dose of Red Sea NitroBac to increase the colonies of good bacteria. Keep it in the fridge once you have opened it.
As you add any supplements to the tank, be sure to add them into your Max app for future reference.

5th
Check Ammonia and nitrite levels and add a standard dose of Red Sea Molybdenum to aid the growth of your good bacteria.
During the set up phase you should check your protein skimmer daily.
It is advisable to have a reduced period of light each day until the tank gets coral to reduce algae.

6th
Double check salt level and correct it if necessary.
Expect lots of brown algae growth, often created by silicate especially if you did not use R.O water. R.O water is water that has been treated using a reverse osmosis filter to purify tap water.

This algae will soon give way to a green algae, which is because of phosphate.

7th
Check pH and do a 25% water change using Red Sea Coral Pro Salt mixed in R.O water if your pH is below 7.8. This will lower your ammonia at the same time as raising your pH.
Don’t add Buff to raise pH until your ammonia level is zero, because the increased pH will make the Ammonia more toxic.

8th
Check Ammonia and Nitrite.
Clean and remove any algae build up on the glass.

9th
Clean out Protein skimmer, paying attention to the inside of the cone where the foam develops.
If you experience micro bubbles when the skimmer is on you must find where the water is not passing and creating back pressure e.g. a dirty sponge.

10th
Add a standard dose of Red Sea NitroBac to increase the colonies of good bacteria.
Replace filter wool if Dirty.

11th
Check that you have a maximum amount of surface agitation provided by the 2 circulation pumps and ensure you are not getting a build up of surface film.

12th
Clean the cover under the lights and ensure the light can pass it perfectly.
Check pH and Alkalinity and add a standard dose of Red Sea Buff if the pH is under 8.4 and the Alkalinity is under 4 meq/L.

14th
Clean and remove any algae build up off the glass.
Clean the strainer on the filter inlet.

15th
Top up water level with R.O water any time you notice the water level drop, which will often result in micro bubbles being created in the tank.
Clean out Protein skimmer, paying attention to the inside of the cone where the foam develops.

16th
Clean the glass in the aquarium using an aquarium safe sponge, aiming to remove the algae out of the tank, not just wipe it off allowing it to stay in the tank.
Clean pre-filter after every time you clean the tank.

17th
Stir the reef base and wave your hand over the rock to remove any sediment.
Add a standard dose of Red Sea NitroBac to increase the colonies of good bacteria.

18th
Clean off any dust that may have settled on the fans and grills.

19th
Wipe over the complete top of the tank to prevent the accumulation of salt creep.

20th
Ensure that your temperature and pH is correct then check that your ammonia and nitrite levels are zero and that your nitrate and phosphate levels are low so you can add your coral.

21st
Add your coral!
You may choose to add as little or as much as you wish!
From this point on you can add to the coral stocks any time that you wish providing that your water quality is good.

22nd
Clean out Protein skimmer, paying attention to the inside of the cone where the foam develops.
Check that none of your corals are stinging each other and move them if so.

23rd
Check that your corals are opening properly and move them to a new position in the tank if they are not, considering the light levels and water flow.
Some corals can take over a week to start to open.

24th
Add a standard dose of Red Sea NitroBac to increase the colonies of good bacteria.
Check pH and Alkalinity is not falling over time.

25th
Keep your salinity at 1.020 in a new tank when you are adding fish, but you may decide to slowly increase your salinity when your fish are established and settled in, because your corals will prefer the salinity higher e.g. 1.026.

26th
Check all pumps are flowing perfectly and clean out impellers if not.
27th
Clean and remove any algae build up off the glass.
Replace filter wool if Dirty.
30th
Clean out Protein skimmer, paying attention to the inside of the cone where the foam develops.
Check that your salinity is 1.020 so that you are ready for the fish.
31st

Replace your Red Sea Reef Carbon and any phosphate media.
February
1st
Watch Instructional Max DVD again, and be sure to refer to it as often as you need.
Dose Calcium + 3 weekly from now on to ensure healthy levels of Calcium are maintained.
2nd
If your corals are not looking good and your fish are happy it is worth increasing your salinity slowly to 1.026. If your fish are ever sick it is worth lowering your salinity slowly back to 1.020. You will find that the coral opens better at higher salinity, but fish will settle in better in low salinity. Consider raising your salinity in weeks that you are not adding fish to 1.026.
3rd
Watch to ensure that your fish are not picking on your corals.
Totally clean out the impeller and housing in your 2 circulation pump and in the skimmer pump.
4th
Check that all your coral is happy, opening nicely, so it is not being stung by other corals!
Stir the reef base and wave your hand over the rock to remove any sediment.
5th
Check Ammonia and nitrite levels and add a standard dose of Red Sea Molybdenum to aid the growth of your good bacteria.
Check your protein skimmer.
6th
Double check salt level and correct it if necessary.
Still expect lots of brown algae growth, often called silicate especially if you do not use R.O water for top ups, this algae will soon give way to a green algae.
Add a standard dose of Red Sea Molybdenum to aid the growth of your good bacteria
7th
Check pH.
Don’t add Buff to raise pH until your ammonia level is zero, because the increased pH will make the Ammonia more toxic.
8th
Check Ammonia and Nitrite.
Clean and remove any algae build up off the glass.
9th
Clean out Protein skimmer, paying attention to the inside of the cone where the foam develops.
Check that all your coral is happy, opening nicely, so it is not being stung by other corals!
10th
Add a standard dose of Red Sea NitroBac to increase the colonies of good bacteria.
Replace filter wool if Dirty.
11th
Check that you have a maximum amount of surface agitation provided by the 2 circulation pumps and ensure you are not getting a build up of surface film.
12th
Clean the cover under the lights and ensure the lights can pass it perfectly.
Check pH and Alkalinity and add a standard dose of Red Sea Buff if the pH is under 8.4 and the Alkalinity is under 4 meq/L, if ammonia level is zero.
13th
Expect a lot of green algae once the brown algae starts to subside.
The green algae is controlled over time using effect phosphate removing media.
14th
Add a standard dose of Red Sea Molybdenum to aid the growth of your good bacteria
Clean the strainer on the filter inlet.
15th
Top up water level with R.O water any time you notice the water level drop, which will often result in micro bubbles being created in the tank.
Clean out Protein skimmer, paying attention to the inside of the cone where the foam develops.
16th
Clean the glass in the aquarium using an aquarium safe sponge, aiming to remove the algae out of the tank, not just wipe it off allowing it to stay in the tank.
17th
Stir the reef base and wave your hand over the rock to remove any sediment.
Add a standard dose of Red Sea NitroBac to increase the colonies of good bacteria.
Replace filter wool if Dirty.
18th
Clean off any dust that may have settled on the fans and grills.
19th
Wipe over the complete top of the tank to prevent the accumulation of salt creep.
20th
Ensure that you temperature and pH is correct then check that your ammonia and nitrite levels are zero and that your nitrate and phosphate levels are low.
Clean and remove any algae build up off the glass.
21st
Check that all your coral is happy, opening nicely, so it is not being stung by other corals!
You may choose to add as little or as much as you wish!
From this point on you can add to the coral stocks any time that you wish providing that your water quality is good.
22nd
Clean out Protein skimmer, paying attention to the inside of the cone where the foam develops.
Check that none of your corals are stinging each other and move them if so.
Add a standard dose of Red Sea Molybdenum to aid the growth of your good bacteria
23rd
Check that your corals are opening properly and move them to a new position in the tank if they are not, considering the light levels and water flow.
24th
Add a standard dose of Red Sea NitroBac to increase the colonies of good bacteria.
Check pH and Alkalinity is not falling over time.
25th
Keep your salinity at 1.020 in a new tank when you are adding fish, but you may decide to slowly increase your salinity when your fish are established and settled in, because your corals will prefer the salinity higher e.g. 1.026.
26th
Check all pumps are flowing perfectly and clean out impellers if not.
Clean out Protein skimmer, paying attention to the inside of the cone where the foam develops.
Clean and remove any algae build up off the glass.
27th
Replace filter wool if Dirty.
Check that your salinity is 1.026 if the fish are settled in and established. Lower your salt level to 1.020 if your fish are sick or if you are introducing new fish to the tank. Fish handle being introduced into lower salinity, much better than they do into higher.
28th
Stir the reef base and wave your hand over the rock to remove any sediment.
Check that all your coral is happy, opening nicely, so it is not being stung by other corals!
Replace your Red Sea Reef Carbon and any phosphate media.
30th
31st
March
1st
Watch Instructional Max DVD again, and be sure to refer to it as often as you need.
Start using your trace elements.
Dose the tank with Red Sea Success supplements.
With all types add 5ml for Max 130 and 10ml for Max 250 tanks per dose per week, to maintain adequate levels. Dose daily when the level needs to be increased.
Add a dose of Calcium +3 to help provide stable calcium levels for your coral. Use Calcium if you have to raise the level, if you get a low reading.
2nd
If your corals are not looking good and your fish are happy it is worth increasing your salinity slowly to 1.026. If your fish are ever sick it is worth lowering your salinity slowly back to 1.020. You will find that the coral opens better at higher salinity, but fish will settle in better in low salinity. Consider raising your salinity in weeks that you are not adding fish to 1.026.
Providing that you have maintained a zero phosphate level your green algae should be starting to reduce and will be getting replaced by an amazing purple coralline algae. If the phosphate level is present then the green algae will continue. If the phosphate level is high a red slime algae may appear which will be very unsightly.
Controlling your phosphate and ensuring it is zero is the key to having an algae free tank.
If you are getting algae and your phosphate level is zero you still need to start using more or better phosphate removers.
Add a dose of Buffer to help provide stable pH levels for your aquarium. Never add buff when you have ammonia. If you have low pH and ammonia first do a water change.
3rd
Watch to ensure that your fish are not picking on your corals.
Totally clean out the impeller and housing in your 2 circulation pump and in the skimmer pump.
Dose coral trace to ensure your corals get a stable supply of trace elements essential for their long term health.
Dose Magnesium to help the growth of your coral and to allow stable Calcium, pH and kH levels.
4th
Check that all your coral is happy, opening nicely, so it is not being stung by other corals!
Stir the reef base and wave your hand over the rock to remove any sediment.
Dose Green to ensure that your macro algaes get the iron that they require to flourish.
5th
Check Ammonia and nitrite levels and add a standard dose of Red Sea Molybdenum to aid the growth of your good bacteria.
Check your protein skimmer.
Add a dose of Vita to ensure that your fish are receiving the vitamins that they need to allow maximum health and colour.
6th
Double check salt level and correct it if necessary.
Still expect lots of brown algae growth, often called silicate especially if you do not use R.O water for top ups, this algae will soon give way to a green algae.
Add a standard dose of Red Sea Molybdenum to aid the growth of your good bacteria.
Dose Iodine to help suppress bacteria infects and aid the immune system of fish and coral.
7th
Check pH.
Don’t add Buff to raise pH until your ammonia level is zero, because the increased pH will make the Ammonia more toxic.
Dose Coral Trace,
8th
Check Ammonia and Nitrite.
Add a dose of Calcium +3 to help provide stable calcium levels for your coral.
Clean and remove any algae build up off the glass.
9th
Clean out Protein skimmer, paying attention to the inside of the cone where the foam develops.
Check that all your coral is happy, opening nicely, so it is not being stung by other corals!
Add a dose of Buffer to help provide stable pH levels for your aquarium. 10th
Add a standard dose of Red Sea NitroBac to increase the colonies of good bacteria.
Replace filter wool if Dirty.
Dose Strontium to help your corals form, namely your small polyp stony coral.
11th
Check that you have a maximum amount of surface agitation provided by the 2 circulation pumps and ensure you are not getting a build up of surface film.
Dose Green.
Dose Magnesium.
12th
Clean the cover under the lights and ensure the lights can pass it perfectly.
Check pH and Alkalinity and add a standard dose of Red Sea Buff if the pH is under 8.4 and the Alkalinity is under 4 meq/L, if ammonia level is zero.
Add a dose of Vita
13th
Expect a lot of green algae once the brown algae starts to subside.
The green algae is controlled over time using effect phosphate removing media.
Dose Iodine.
14th
Add a standard dose of Red Sea Molybdenum to aid the growth of your good bacteria
Clean the strainer on the filter inlet.
Dose coral trace.
15th
Top up water level with R.O water any time you notice the water level drop, which will often result in micro bubbles being created in the tank.
Clean out Protein skimmer, paying attention to the inside of the cone where the foam develops.
Add a dose of Calcium +3 to help provide stable calcium levels for your coral.
16th
Clean the glass in the aquarium using an aquarium safe sponge, aiming to remove the algae out of the tank, not just wipe it off allowing it to stay in the tank.
17th
Stir the reef base and wave your hand over the rock to remove any sediment.
Add a standard dose of Red Sea NitroBac to increase the colonies of good bacteria.
Replace filter wool if Dirty.
Dose Green.
18th
Clean off any dust that may have settled on the fans and grills.
Add a dose of Buffer to help provide stable pH levels for your aquarium. 19th
Wipe over the complete top of the tank to prevent the accumulation of salt creep.
20th
Ensure that you temperature and pH is correct then check that your ammonia and nitrite levels are zero and that your nitrate and phosphate levels are low.
Clean and remove any algae build up off the glass.
Dose Iodine.
21st
Check that all your coral is happy, opening nicely, so it is not being stung by other corals!
You may choose to add as little or as much as you wish!
From this point on you can add to the coral stocks any time that you wish providing that your water quality is good.
Dose Strontium.
Dose coral trace.
22nd
Clean out Protein skimmer, paying attention to the inside of the cone where the foam develops.
Check that none of your corals are stinging each other and move them if so.
Add a standard dose of Red Sea Molybdenum to aid the growth of your good bacteria
Add a dose of Vita 23rd
Check that your corals are opening properly and move them to a new position in the tank if they are not, considering the light levels and water flow.
Dose Magnesium.
24th
Add a standard dose of Red Sea NitroBac to increase the colonies of good bacteria.
Check pH and Alkalinity is not falling over time.
Add a dose of Calcium +3 to help provide stable calcium levels for your coral.
25th
Add a dose of Buffer to help provide stable pH levels for your aquarium.
Keep your salinity at 1.020 in a new tank when you are adding fish, but you may decide to slowly increase your salinity when your fish are established and settled in, because your corals will prefer the salinity higher e.g. 1.026.
26th
Check all pumps are flowing perfectly and clean out impellers if not.
Clean out Protein skimmer, paying attention to the inside of the cone where the foam develops.
Clean and remove any algae build up off the glass.
Dose Green.
27th
Replace filter wool if Dirty.
Check that your salinity is 1.026 if the fish are settled in and established. Lower your salt level to 1.020 if your fish are sick or if you are introducing new fish to the tank. Fish handle being introduced into lower salinity, much better than they do into higher.
Dose Iodine.
28th
Stir the reef base and wave your hand over the rock to remove any sediment.
Check that all your coral is happy, opening nicely, so it is not being stung by other corals!
Replace your Red Sea Reef Carbon and any phosphate media.
Dose coral trace.
30th
Use a pipe cleaner to clean out the pipe running into your chiller.
31st

April
Totally clean out the impeller and housing in your 2 circulation pump and in the skimmer pump.

30
May
31
June
Use a pipe cleaner to clean out the pipe running into your chiller.
Totally clean out the impeller and housing in your 2 circulation pump and in the skimmer pump.
30
July
Replace your Max light tubes, as by now the spectrum and intensity would be decreasing. This will not be visible to the naked eye.
31
August
Totally clean out the impeller and housing in your 2 circulation pump and in the skimmer pump.
31
September
Use a pipe cleaner to clean out the pipe running into your chiller.
30
October
Totally clean out the impeller and housing in your 2 circulation pump and in the skimmer pump.
31
November
Re-gas your chiller as it may be starting to run inefficiently.
30

December
Use a pipe cleaner to clean out the pipe running into your chiller.
Totally clean out the impeller and housing in your 2 circulation pump and in the skimmer pump.