EcoTech Marine VorTech MP40wES Propeller Pump w/ Wireless EcoSMART Driver

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Ecotech Marine VorTech Propeller MP40 Pump w/ Wireless EcoSMART Driver

Features a new magnet, high performance plastic drive shaft screw, a revised wet frame cover and is fully backwards compatible with all EcoTech VorTech pumps. The new magnet is fully encapsulated within black plastic, cannot be scratched or damaged under normal use, is more durable, eliminates rusting and requires no regularly scheduled replacements.

Features for the MP40 include:

  • Long Pulse Mode allows for wave pulse timings of between 2 and 60 seconds, enabling you to create slow alternating flow throughout your tank. And, you can couple multiple masters and slaves to create spiraling or gyre flow too!
  • A new Night Mode – one of the most sought after enhancements - enables you to set your pump to operate for 14 hours in whichever mode you select for the day and go back to Night Mode for 10 hours. Master pumps will tell their slaves to go into Night Mode as well. Your Night Mode setting will be stored for as long as you want or until you cycle power to the pump, at which point you simply program the Night Mode again.
  • A Pump Disconnect feature automatically shuts down your pump if the dry and wet sides become separated.
Enhancements to existing modes include:
  • Feed Mode has been slowed from 1000gph to 500gph to make it easier than ever for you to spot feed corals and slow moving fish in your tank with the push of a button.
  • A modified range of adjustment for Short Pulse Mode makes it easier for you to fine tune wave form.
  • A novel save function for Pulse Mode enables you to save your own fine-tuned wave, providing you an even higher level of customization, and preventing you from ever having to re-program a wave again.
  • A more sporadic Reef crest Mode for both single pump systems and multi pump systems enables more pronounced speed changes constantly throughout the day
  • A more sporadic Lagoon Mode for both single pump systems and multi pump systems provides your tank with enhanced variability to better simulate a lagoon environment
  • EcoTech Marine has created a new benchmark for wave-like flow by taking a direct route to what we all desire as reef aquarium hobbyists; we wanted high flow, low heat, easy, efficient and controllable technology. Now we have it.
Bracketless Design

The VorTech minimizes the intrusion of equipment in your tank by using a patent pending bracketless design; this allows the motor to be on the outside of the aquarium and uses a magnetic field to transfer torque through the aquarium wall to the propeller located in the water.

No Heat Transfer - No Heat added to the water

Due to the use of high intensity metal halide lighting, inefficient return pumps, and powerheads, many aquarists must resort to expensive equipment or loud fans to keep their water temperature stable. The VorTech induces very little heat into the aquarium because of EcoTech Marine`s patent pending magnetically coupled design which transfers motion through the glass, but not heat.


The VorTech uses the most advanced motor technology available, allowing the water flow rate to be completely controllable. Operating on tanks between 20 and 500 gallons and producing between 100 and 3,000 gallons per hour of flow, the VorTech is the most versatile flow product on the market. The VorTech is designed to operate on gap thickness from 1/8" to 3/4".

No AC Current - No AC electricity in the aquarium water

The VorTech is safer than existing products because there is no dangerous AC electricity brought into the aquarium. This keeps your fish and corals happy and healthy, while minimizing your own risk of electrocution.

Run-Safe Design

The VorTech is designed to be the safest and most reliable product on the market:
  • Over-current protection - if the propeller becomes jammed, our micro controller will sense the problem and shut the motor down to prevent overheating.
Energy Savings

The VorTech moves more water within your aquarium than conventional powerheads, plus you save money by not having to invest in and run a costly chiller.

Low Maintenance

The VorTech is virtually maintenance free. Classic powerheads use an impeller attached to a magnet assembly which needs to be cleaned every few months. The VorTech need only be serviced minimally to replace a simple and economical bearing.

Battery Backup Accessory(Sold Separately)

In an aquarium with no flow, fish and corals begin to die in 4 to 10 hours. The EcoTech Marine Battery Backup is reef tank insurance in an aluminum housing. By adding the Battery Backup, your tank is insulated from power interruptions for up to 20 hours with the MP60w, 36 hours with the MP40w, 72 hours with the MP10w and 16 hours with the Radion XR30w.

Feed Mode

With the touch of a button, the VorTech enters into feed mode and all pumps shut down for 10 minutes to allow you to feed your aquarium.

Battery Backup Mode

The Wireless Wave Driver can also be used with the battery backup accessory.

  • Dimensions: 3" x 2.25" (Dry-Side), 3" x 2.25" (Wet-Side)
  • Flow Range: 1,000-3,200 GPH
  • Max Tank Thickness: 0.75"
  • Tank Size Range: 50-500+ Gallons
  • Clearance Neede Behind Tank: 3.0"
  • Power Consumption: 9-28 Watts

Ecotech Marine VorTech EcoSMART Features:

  • Improved Wireless Range
  • On/Off Button
  • Wave Auto-Tune Mode
  • EcoSmart Nutrient Transport Mode
  • EcoSmart Tidal Swell Mode
  • Dark Mode
  • New and Improved Night Mode, Feed Mode, Battery Backup Power Meter
  • The Classic Reef Crest, Lagoonal, Short Pulse and Long Pulse Modes are still included
  • A new more water resistant driver case

EcoSmart Tidal Swell Mode

In this EcoSMART mode water is circulated to create a harmonic balance in your aquarium reminiscent of the changing flow conditions that would be found in nature. Over the course of several hours, the flow pattern will go from very chaotic with an emphasis on left to right flow direction to an emphasis on right to left flow direction, all the while experiencing calm period in between and followed by a great surge of flow at the very end of the cycle. Adjusting the dial changes the maximum speed achieved at any time during this mode. Slave pumps should be positioned opposite the master and on the back of the tank to take full advantage of the EcoSMART modes.

EcoSmart Nutrient Transport Mode

In this EcoSMART mode, water is circulated in a two phase program consisting of wave motion to stir up detritus and surging motion to move the detritus into your overflow where it can be skimmed out. This effect promotes maximum health and nutrient export, as well as increased growth for sensitive corals such as SPS. Adjusting the dial changes the maximum speed achieved at any time during this mode. Slave pumps should be positioned opposite the master and on the back of the tank to take full advantage of the EcoSMART modes.

Classic Reef-Crest and Lagoonal Random Modes

In random mode you can toggle between two different modes, Reef-Crest and Lagoonal. When a pump is in Lagoonal Random Mode, the dial is used to set the maximum operational speed, and the driver will automatically randomize the pumps output to simulate either a high (Reef-Crest) or low (Lagoonal) energy reef environment. If this pump is a master, the associated slave pumps will replicate the master in sync or anti-sync modes.

EcoSMART Driver General Operational Modes

APEX Ready
When you connect Apex Ready certified products to your Apex System, many new options will unfold. How about having your LED lights dim or change color temperature at the touch of your iPad? How about programming your Tunze or VorTech pumps for some serious wave action? That’s what you get when you pair up the Apex System and an Apex Ready certified product.

Product Manuals & Documentation

EcoTech Marine VorTech MP40wES Propeller Pump w/ Wireless EcoSMART Driver

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

EcoTech Marine VorTech MP40wES Propeller Pump w/ Wireless EcoSMART Driver

Additional Info 1 available for download in Adobe PDF file format

Manufacturer Info

EcoTech Marine has revolutionized the way people think about water movement in reef aquariums. Our technologically superior pumps produce unmatched broad yet gentle flow, while placing the motor outside the tank—preserving the beauty of your aquarium and enhancing the health of your aquarium ecosystem. The EcoTech leadership team consists of aquarium enthusiasts and engineers with a penchant for challenging the status quo. When EcoTech took root in the science labs of Lehigh University and University of Oklahoma, we realized there were serious differences between the native aquatic ecosystems in nature and the terrestrial habitats created in aquariums—and that little was being done to address this gap in the marketplace. Since that day, we have worked tirelessly to improve the “state of the art” to enable our customers to have the healthiest, safest and smartest aquarium possible. That’s why our products offer a wide variety of easy-to-program modes and have been thoroughly tested and endorsed by marine-biologists—making it the most versatile and life-like pump on the market.

66 Reviews



Experience Level: Beginner

very good!!

all is ok !!

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Experience Level: Intermediate

The Best

To be fair, their competitors make great basic inexpensive circulation pumps. If you demand more Bells and Whistles these pumps are definitely the best. Heavy duty wires, enclosures, and wonderful LED controller. To be able to control flow indivually or coupled with mult programs is awesome. My chiller barely goes on anymore since my 6 ecotech motors are outside the tank vs my previous Hydor pumps. Visually the units are more attractive because of their small size. Some mild noise is noticed since the units are not completely immersed in water. Simple set up with wide flow pattern. I have 2 MP 40's on either side of the tank, in the middle of the glass, with visible ripples on the surface water. The other 4 MP 10's are on the back wall and sides. Fish love riding the currents and during feeding all the food remains suspended. Subjectively the water appears more clear. I did try to compare the basic current produced by the MP 40 and one of my Hydor 1650's with the Ecotech set approximately the same. The Current seemed broader with the Ecotech but it would be nice If companies performed some good objective comparisons. Great product, very well made.

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Experience Level: Intermediate

My MP40

The EcoTech Marine MP40 has great flow, but is a bit noisy. No matter what adjustments I try to make, I can't seem to get it to quiet down. I guess I'll have to get used to it.

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Experience Level: Intermediate

What a pump

I have been wanting a ecotech vortech pump for a while. When they went on sale, I had to get one just to see what people were saying was true.And man what a pump it is.Now I got to save my money to get me another one to match. It is awesome especially with the different settings it has.It is the pump of all pumps.

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Experience Level: Expert

Vortex pump

Great product

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Experience Level: Intermediate


This pump puts out a lot of water movement and it is cool that you can program different water movement with it. It is bulky on the outside of the tank with housing and cord and I did have some problem getting it to update firmware, but working with eco-tech was quick and fixed the issue. Very expensive, but I am pleased with my investment. Marine depot was very quick and easy to work with.

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Experience Level: Expert

The best

Might be a bit pricy, but for the ease of use and problem free operation. I would not use any other, have had them on a few tanks, now have 2 on my 220. Have had zero issues with all I have owned. Add the best flow to tank that I have seen. And I have tried cheaper ones and have always had issues with all of them. From falling off the glass to impellers locking up.And pluses the added heat in tank, so tank temps are more stable.

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Experience Level: Intermediate

Mp40w es

Purchased this online. Shipping was fast,was packaged nicely,no damage. Set it up works perfectly. Got exactly what I asked for.

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Experience Level: Expert

MP40's Excellent

I went from MP10's to 40's and the same quality as I expected from Ecotech. Great flow and whisper quiet. Thanks Marine Depot!!

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Experience Level: Intermediate


Yes they are expensive! I bought 2 for my 90 gallon and they are great.The corals have responded really well

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