Best Red Sea Aquarium in 2023
SCA 50 Gallon Starfire Glass Aquariums Complete Package 24x24x20 10mm
Instant Ocean Reef Crystals Reef Salt For 160 Gallons, Enriched Formulation For aquariums
- FORMULATED SPECIFICALLY FOR REEF aquariumS: Contains essential ocean reef elements in concentrations greater than those found in natural sea waterEXTRA CALCIUM: Encourages stony coral and coralline algae growth.
- EXTRA TRACE ELEMENTS: Provides vital nutrients.
- DETOXIFIES METALS: Neutralizes traces of heavy metals found in tap water.
Coralife LED BioCube Aquarium Kit, 32 Gallon
- Sleek modern hood with vibrant LED lighting; Hinge-top canopy design (also compatible with BioCube 14 and 29)
- Integrated 24-hour timer with three independent channels: bright white, sparkling blue and color enhancing LEDs for maximum beauty
- Automatic 30 minute sunrise/sunset and 60 minute moonrise/moonset functions to replicate natural day cycle
- Compact and customizable built-in filtration – easy to setup and maintain. Clear glass back panel for easy refugium set-up
- Quiet submersible pump, dual intakes and adjustable return nozzle
Red Sea Max Nano Aquarium, 20 Gallon
- The Red Sea Max Nano 20 Gallon Aquarium combines a contemporary, rimless design with state of the art technology
- This 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 Nano features the very latest in reef keeping technology including AI's Prime HD LED lighting with integrated Wi Fi control, filtration and circulation systems, an automatic top-off unit and an easy access power center
- Does NOT include the stand
Red Sea 42080 Net Cover, 24"
- Suitable for most open-top aquariums
- Extra strong, customized aluminum profiles
- 8mm (5/16″) thin strand, transparent netting
- Inside-rim or on-rim mounting options
- Includes components for one customized cut-out for filters
Red Sea Max C-250 & S-Series Replacement Flow Pump (Red Sea Part # 50420)
- Red Sea Max C-250 & S-Series Replacement Flow Pump for the Red Sea Max S-Series Aquariums
- Red Sea Part # 50420
- Each Red Sea Max C-250 & S-Series Aquarium has three Flow Pumps
New & Improved Random Flow Dual Nozzle - Red Sea Return Nozzle for Reefer Series Fish Tanks
- Replacement Nozzle for Red Sea Reefer Series Tanks Only
- Three internal fins cause random output through two output nozzles
- Customer 3D Printed Reef Safe Plastic
- Increase Flow, Increase Randomization and No More Sandstorms!
- Works on the Red Sea Reefer Series Tanks
Red Sea (3 Pack) 225 Micron Felt Filter Bags - 4 Inch
- (3 Pack) Red Sea 225 Micron Felt Filter Bags
- 4 Inch Filter sock designed for use with the Red Sea Reef Aquariums
- Great for keeping your water clear and healthy
- Will work with any 4 Inch filter stock setup as well
Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE21525 Marine Care Test Kit for Aquarium
- Marine care test kit includes all of the main kits you need to run a healthy marine aquarium
- Allowing you to easily monitor the nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, pH and alkalinity levels
- The easy-to-use tests come with simple instructions and color charts
- 100 Ammonia test with accuracy of 0. 02 ppm, 100 and 60 nitrate test with accuracy of 2 ppm and 0. 05 ppm
- 100 pH test with accuracy of 0. 2 ppm, 55 alkalinity test with accuracy of 1 dKH/0. 36 meq/L
Red Sea Fish Pharm ARE11230 Coral Pro Marine Salt for Aquarium, 175-Gallon
- Coral pro salt is the ideal salt mix for reef aquariums, encouraging accelerated, healthy growth and enhanced vitality of all corals
- All corals build their skeletons by absorbing the major, minor and trace elements that they need from the surrounding water
- Shown that the ratio between calcium/magnesium/carbonates is paramount for the corals to efficiently takes these elements from the water and grow
- Provides the basis for accelerated healthy growth of all soft, LPS and SPS corals and is particularly recommended for growing out SPS coral frags
- Available in 175-gallon bucket
The Shark Reef Aquarium in Mandalay Bay was Much Bigger and Better Than I Ever Expected!
The Shark Reef Aquarium is something any person will want to see at least once, and it's kid friendly too!
If you get to the Excalibur, you can then take the free tram down to Mandalay Bay. From there, it is quite a long walk to get to the aquarium. Just follow the signs going through the casino, and around the restaurants, and then down a bit more. You can't miss the huge signs advertising the aquarium as you get closer.
Pricing and Hours
The aquarium is open from around 10AM-8PM everyday but check the website for exact times depending on when you are going. An adult ticket is $17 which seems quite pricey at first, but once you start exploring the aquarium you'll find it was totally worth it. We passed right by the photo person that tries to sell you a (probably) $20 picture on the way in. All they do is put your picture on a background so it's not too exciting.
Take the Audio Tour!
Usually I don't take the audio tours when I visit places like this, but this time they were handing them out to everyone so we decided to give them a try. Each tank and area of the aquarium is numbered and typing in the numbers on your audio tour brings up a lesson and story about the animal you are seeing. The audio tour turned out to be very interesting and actually made us stay at the aquarium longer since we tried to listen to each one completely before moving on. You can stay in the aquarium as long as you want until closing, so why rush through it? Take the tour!
What You'll See
There are a variety of animals in the aquarium when you first enter. It starts off slow with a few strange reptiles and fish, so at first you may be thinking "is this it". The animals are cool, of course, but the entrance to the aquarium seems small. However, once you make it around the corner you will start to realize why you spent the money! The aquarium actually goes on and on around various corners. There are many places were there is a whole wall of glass where you can look underwater and watch the fish, sharks and other sea life swimming around.
One of the best things about the Shark Reef Aquarium are the big tunnels. There were at least two of these tunnels that you could walk through or sit in as sea life surrounds you. Watch a shark swim overhead and see the sea life from a completely different perspective. It feels like being in the ocean! The glass is so clear that sometimes it's hard to believe that there is anything between you and the fish.
Besides these tunnels, the second best thing about this aquarium is near the end. there is a dark room surrounded by walls of glass. On the other side of the glass, this part of the aquarium seems to go on forever! Sharks swim close and then disappear off into the distance. The tank is so huge that you can't even see the end of it and it really felt like we were peeking into the ocean. In this particular tank, we also saw the largest turtles we've ever seen, a few huge stingray, and more! I could have sat there for hours watching if we didn't have other plans that day.
In one room there was a small pool where a few stingray were swimming around. We were allowed to reach in and pet the sting ray. The signs tell you to just put in one finger, but some people were letting their kids splash around their hands and almost hit the rays. Don't be dumb, and don't let your kids be mean to the animals. Just touch them gently and that's it.
Finally, my favorite animal at the aquarium were the jellyfish. You could walk all around the jellyfish tank to see them floating and swimming from all angles. This is something you'll never usually get to see this close up (for fear of being stung) so they are definitely interesting to watch.
Bring your Camera!
I never spend that much money unless I have pictures to show for it. My camera has an aquarium setting and I was able to capture much of the sea life in photos. However, some of them (like the sharks) moved too fast for me to take a clear shot. I made a few short videos as well so I can remember my visit to the aquarium and exactly what it felt like to be surrounded by sea life.
Would I go again?
Definitely! I probably won't make it back to Vegas for awhile, but next time I do go back I would visit this aquarium again to see what's new. If you visit Vegas often, it may not be something you see everytime, but I'd like to see it anytime I can since we don't get to go to Vegas that often. They may not have had whales and dolphins like some other aquariums do, but this is definitely the largest underwater attraction I've seen. Photos do not do it justice. If you have the chance, make it a point to visit the Shark Reef Aquarium with the whole family!