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Max E-170 LED Complete Reef System (45 Gal)

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From lighting, filtration, and stunning looks the Red Sea MAX E-all in one series has a great recipe for success allowing you to have your own piece of the ocean right in your living room. 

It has been a long time coming for a company to come out with such an inclusive system like Red Sea. From ultra clear glass, proven filtration components and awesome lighting you probably will not be able to find a better tank and stand value package out there.


Red Sea MAX E-170


Overall dimensions: 24" L x 22.6" W x 56" H (light not included in height dimension)


Red Sea is constantly innovating and keeping up with current technology in the aquarium market, and reef keeping hobby. The MAX E tanks now include LED lighting along with a full filtration system, along with circulation and return pumps. The ultra clear glass lets you see your fish and corals true colors in a sophisticated rimless design that will instantly bring life and elegance to any room.


Max-E tanks now include Red Sea ReefLED 90 Lights

Over the past few years Red Sea has a lot of time dedicated to testing and researching LED lighting, and the culmination of those efforts led them to the ReefLED 90. Designed for optimal growth while producing great coloration with a pleasant shimmer effect. Red Sea didn't just stop with great function and form, they integrated the control of the light into the ReefBeat smart aquarium app. The ReefLED 90's built-in WiFi lets you directly connect the light to your smart device to set the daily schedule, color, intensity, and other features. Every Max-E Aquarium Kit includes the ReefLED lights along with the appropriate amount of mounting arms.


One-Plug Power Center

Connect up to 7 individually switched electrical items into the Red Sea MAX Power Center. Just a single plug needs to go to your walls outlet, and everything else can be controlled within the cabinet of the Max E aquariums through simple on/off rocker switches. Keeping the power center in the stand where there is no sump allows for a safe and convenient location letting you easily control your tank.



Every MAX-E tank comes with a stand made for saltwater aquariums with marine-spec laminate cabinet, weatherproof epoxy painted doors, push open latches, and soft close stainless steel hinges. Stands are available in two exterior colors (black or pearl white) where the interior will be black on both stand color options allowing for a cleaner overall appearance over time.


Ultra Clear Glass

Standard glass can "wash" out colors because of a small percentage of iron in all glass making it have a slight yellowing appearance. Red Sea uses an Ultra Clear beveled edge glass that has a low iron content allowing you to see the true color of your fish and coral without having any color distortion. The 12mm thick front glass lets Red Sea produce a rimless tank without the need for any ugly bracing.


Filtration and Circulation

Proven Multi-stage filtration lets you keep even the most delicate corals and fish. The included return and circulation pumps are secretly hidden in the filtration compartment keeping the display portion looking clean and elegant. Along with the Reef-Spec MSK900 skimmer, media towers, extra space for additional filters and provisions to add a chiller too.

MSK900 skimmers have a 3:1 water to air ratio creating the perfect skimming conditions within the body of the skimmer. With the advanced design of the protein skimmer, it will not be affected by water fluctuations due to evaporation and has an adjustable outlet gate creating the perfect skimmate consistency for the water conditions.


Red Sea MAX® E-Series Features

Red Sea MAX® E Model
System water volume
Combined aquarium and sump (not including optional sump for
170 L
(45 gal)
260 L
(69 gal)
Aquarium volume
Display tank
140 L
(37 gal)
213 L
(56 gal)
Rear Sump volume
Rear sump (MAX® E)
30 L
( 8 gal)
47 L
(13 gal)
Aquarium glass thickness
Ultra clear front and side panels
12 mm
12 mm
Surface skimmer
Built in Surface Skimmer with removable combs
Lighting system
Red Sea ReefLED 90 (90W)
1 unit
2 units
Lighting – standard configuration
 Full spectrum with nominal total output
Lighting control  WiFi based system compatible with all iOS, Android, and WiFi enabled Mac or PC. Yes Yes
Total circulation lph (gph)  Hidden circulation pumps (not including sump return)
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
Integrated power center
Individually switched sockets for pumps and accessories with Circuit Breaker
7 Outlets
7 Outlets
Mechanical filtration Low-density sponge filter media Yes
Media Rack
For rear sump
Yes Yes
Chemical filtration
High grade phosphate-free activated carbon
(7 oz)
(14 oz)
Cabinet frame
Marine Spec  Yes Yes
Cabinet Compartments
 Dedicated chiller compartment (not in E-170 if optional in–cabinet sump installed) Yes Yes
External Length
60 cm
90 cm
External Width
   57.5 cm
57.5 cm
External Height
 Excluding LED light unit  142 cm
 142 cm


Note: Optional sump, heater, and chiller not included


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Product Questions

How tall is the tank without adding the light fixture, and without the stand?
Question by: Morgan on Nov 10, 2023, 10:04 AM
Hey there,
Thank you for reaching out to us. Display dimensions - 60cm x 50cm x 51cm. Please let me know if you need anything further.
Answer by: Thomas Wofle (BRS Staff) on Nov 15, 2023, 9:46 AM
Hey there,Thank you for reaching out to us. Display dimensions - 60cm x 50cm x 51cm. Please let me know if you need anything further.
Answer by: Matt Lucero (BRS Staff) on Nov 15, 2023, 1:27 PM
I don't see the optional sump listed. How much and how do you order it?
Question by: Keith Ward on Feb 9, 2023, 11:12 AM
We do not carry the optional sump unfortunately. You can reach out to a local fish store to see if they are able to order it directly from Red Sea.
Answer by: William Reed (BRS Staff) on Mar 10, 2023, 2:41 PM
Does this tank come with 3 prong, American outlets or European electrical outlets?
Question by: Kelvin McNeil on Aug 11, 2022, 5:01 PM
Hey there,
Thank you for reaching out to us. This comes with America outlets.

Please let me know if you need anything further and take care!
Answer by: Matt Lucero (BRS Staff) on Aug 12, 2022, 2:09 PM
What are the shipping costs for the Red Sea max aquarium to high springs fl
Question by: Barry Toles on Nov 20, 2021, 12:03 PM
Hi, thanks for the question, Red Sea Aquariums are DropShipped via Freight Shipping directly from Red Sea and shipping fee is Free. Happy Reef Keeping.
Answer by: Christian (BRS Staff) on Nov 23, 2021, 12:05 PM
Can you buy this tank without the stand I need to put it on the counter
Question by: Robert pietrantonio on Nov 6, 2021, 5:09 PM
Unfortunately, you cannot buy it without the stand from us. Red Sea may sell it that way and I would reach out to them.

Red Sea – 1-888-REDSEA9 redseainfo@redseafish.com
Answer by: Matt Lucero (BRS Staff) on Nov 8, 2021, 12:44 PM
What is the inside dimension of the cabinet for the max E170? Length, width, height inside?
Question by: william parrish on Feb 5, 2020, 6:05 AM
Hey there!

It is 21"x21" and 30" tall.

Take care
Answer by: Thomas Billington on Feb 5, 2020, 11:17 AM
what is the height from the floor all the way to the top of the light fixture? in other words, what is the minimum clearance I would need to place the entire setup under a slight overhang?


Question by: Gary Henkel on Jan 23, 2020, 11:04 AM
Hey there!

You would need to allow yourself 70" of clearance.

Take care
Answer by: Thomas Billington on Jan 23, 2020, 3:40 PM
Total height is 56”. What are the heights of the stand and aquarium individually?
Question by: BJ Lochow on Feb 17, 2019, 8:20 AM
Hey there,
Thank you for reaching out. I am sorry for the delay in answering your question.
The Red Sea Max 170 tank is 22" tall and the stand is 34" tall.
Please let us know if you have any other questions!
Answer by: William Glenn on Feb 25, 2019, 3:05 PM
Is this the complete tank setup. Tank / Stand / Sump?
Question by: Brandon on Jan 12, 2018, 1:32 PM
Thanks for contacting BRS!
This tank does come with a stand and a hidden sump in the back of the tank and offers the ability to add an optional sump under the tank as well. Have a great day!
Answer by: Noah Winn on Jan 12, 2018, 2:56 PM