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Ecotech Marine VorTech Propeller MP40 Pump w/ Gen2 Wireless Wave Driver

Ecotech Marine VorTech Propeller MP40 Pump w/ Gen2 Wireless Wave Driver

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Ecotech Marine VorTech Propeller MP40 Pump w/ Gen2 Wireless Wave Driver Information

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Ecotech Marine VorTech Propeller MP40 Pump w/ Gen2 Wireless Wave Driver
Features a new magnet, high performance plastic drive shaft screw, a revised wet frame cover and is fully backwards compatible with all 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.

New 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

An IceCap, Inc. battery backup powers the EcoTech Marine VorTech Propeller Pump for up to 24-hours during a power outage emergency.

Wireless Wave Driver

The Wireless Wave Driver allows effectively infinite wave control possibilities by wirelessly linking multiple VorTech pumps together. The pumps communicate with one-another through EcoTech Marine’s proprietary Triton Protocol. Each pump must have Wireless Wave Driver in order to take full advantage of the controllability of this device.

Wave Modes

Reef Crest Random Mode- Set the pump to the maximum desired speed and the VorTech Wireless Wave Driver automatically randomizes the flow throughout your tank. The pump will rapidly vary from one speed to another to simulate the high-energy conditions of a natural reef crest environment.

Lagoon Random Mode- Set the pump to the maximum desired speed and the VorTech Wireless Wave Driver automatically randomizes the flow throughout your tank. The pump will vary slowly from one speed to another to simulate a calmer, lagoon reef environment.

Pulse Mode-When entered into pulse mode, you will be able to pulse your VorTech pump at various frequencies to create standing surface and sub-surface waves within your aquarium. You can adjust both the maximum pulse speed and frequency. The generation of surface waves within your aquarium is possible through Pulse Mode.

Sync Mode- When entered into Sync Mode, your VorTech will automatically sync with the other pumps in your aquarium. Sync Mode can be used to sync in either random modes or in pulse mode. When syncing two pumps in Pulse Mode, the pumps can be placed on the same side of the aquarium to create large standing waves in your tank.

Anti-Sync Mode- When entered into Anti-Sync Mode, pumps will pulse in an inverse timing cycle to a master pump. Every time the master pump is at the maximum speed of cycle, the pumps entered into Anti-Sync Mode will be at the minimum speed of the cycle, and vice-versa. Place these pumps on the opposite side of the tank as a master pump to create tidal currents within your aquarium.

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.

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Installing the VorTech from ecotechmarine on Vimeo

Making a Wave from ecotechmarine on Vimeo

Assembling the Wet Side from ecotechmarine on Vimeo

Setting the Pin Spacer from ecotechmarine on Vimeo

Opening the Driver Box from ecotechmarine on Vimeo.


    • Flow: 500-3,000gph
    • Power: 12-40W
    • Maximum Motor Temp: 50-60 degrees C
    • For use with aquarium thickness from 3/16" to 3/4"

    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.


    Manufacturer`s Warranty: 1 year from date of purchase.

    Ecotech Marine VorTech Propeller MP40 Pump w/ Gen2 Wireless Wave Driver Reviews

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    I hate to say it...

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    Posted: 4/26/2010 from LOS GATOS, CA UNITED STATES
    3.0 5
    Experience Level: Intermediate

    Comments: So here's the thing. I want to be absolutely in love with this thing. There's so much to love about it. But, I have to admit there are some flaws. I like the great control you get with this, having the ability to place a powerhead in the tank without running ugly wires in there with it. And their customer/tech support is A+. I dislike the price, noise and lack of reliability. If you own one you will need a backup wet side, they do go bad. Regardless of how well you maintain them. Maybe these issues will be corrected in future design updates, but for now it's just the way it is.

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    Plastic nut sucks

    Reviewers Rating Unsatisfactory

    Posted: 4/7/2010 from SAN DIEGO, CA UNITED STATES
    1.0 5
    Experience Level: Expert

    Comments: After having two of these pumps for 1.5 years... here is the complaint. The wet side replacement is $75.00 i have replaced them 4 times. thats 300 dollars + freight in 1.5 years. the problem is the stupid plastic nut that holds the propeller, it gets loose over time especially in rapid wave modes or snail invasion. Nut loosens, driveshaft moves backward, magnet cooks housing, spend $75.00. So if you want to be married to eco tech and pay $75.00 every 6 months per pump go for it. As far as performance of the pumps in the tank, i will give them an A+ they are simply the best. So consider this problem when you purchase this pump.

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    Save ur money-Overpriced, loud

    Reviewers Rating Unsatisfactory

    Posted: 2/8/2010 from SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA UNITED STA
    1.0 5
    Experience Level: Intermediate

    Comments: First off I have to preface this with my tank has 3/4" glass so the design of mounting the dry side on the outside with essentially sticky tape (because the magnets are horribly underpowered) skews my perspective. it does move a lot of water no argument there (and has lots of variability with the driver provided); however it's the loudest component i have (over 2 Mag18s) and it since the magnets cant support the weight when the sticky tape to tank falls off you are left with no water movement but the pump does not shut off--save your money. Enough people are buying these that price will come down with time if you cant resist.

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    Excellent pump, Too expensive

    Reviewers Rating Great

    Posted: 2/4/2010 from Lake Orion, MI UNITED STATES
    4.0 5
    Experience Level: Expert

    Comments: This pump does a fantastic job in my tank. It replaced two tunze nanostreams (which combined for half the price...) and provides much better flow. As mentioned by most people, the noise is completely negligible if you have even a single other piece of equipment running near the tank. However, this price seems even more ridiculous now that I own it. It is a very simple piece of equipment and I suspect Ecotech is getting quite rich. I thought long and hard about whether I was willing to spend this much on a powerhead, but after getting some gift certificates I went for it. I don't think you can beat the performance, but if money is tight I would look at other products.

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    Great if working

    Reviewers Rating Average

    Posted: 1/2/2010 from TX STATES
    3.0 5
    Experience Level: Intermediate

    Comments: No doubt this has a sleek profile and performs well. This is the second time it has messed up in one year. I wish I bought something else.

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    Go Tunze and save yourself

    Reviewers Rating Below Average

    Posted: 11/12/2009 from OKLAHOMA CITY, OK UNITED STATE
    2.0 5
    Experience Level: Expert

    Comments: After having this for almost a year, I would not buy another one. It produces quite a bit of noise not matter how often you try to tweak it. The night mode feature is pretty limited and a royal pain to get it set correctly (timing is everything). I have 4 controllable Tunze streams and they are hassle free compared to this device. The ability to "aim" a stream of water is a huge plus when dealing with large colonies of SPS.

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    Fantastic wave maker

    Reviewers Rating Excellent!

    Posted: 11/6/2009 from HEYBURN, ID UNITED STATES
    5.0 5
    Experience Level: Intermediate

    Comments: The ecotech marine vortech propeller is fantastic! It was very east to install and our fish love it. Recomend this product to everyone. Thank you!!!!!!!!

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    Reviewers Rating Great

    Posted: 10/2/2009 from SUGAR LAND, TX UNITED STATES
    4.0 5
    Experience Level: Intermediate

    Comments: this product is by far the best powerhead out there. I would have given it 5 stars but the price is really high, and on my 72 gallon reef I thought one would be enough. It wasnt though, so only buy this product if you can afford two and have anything over 55 gallons.

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    Not Happy

    Reviewers Rating Unsatisfactory

    Posted: 9/21/2009 from KNOXVILLE, TN UNITED STATES
    1.0 5
    Experience Level: Intermediate

    Comments: Wet side self destructed after 2 months. ceramic bearing froze every 2 weeks. propeller would stop but motor would continue to drive shaft. Shaft wore through. This product has not been perfected and is way overpriced given my experience and the problems I have read about. If interested in purchasing wait a year or two until they get it right.

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    solid product

    Reviewers Rating Excellent!

    Posted: 7/30/2009 from SAN MARCOS, TX UNITED STATES
    5.0 5
    Experience Level: Expert

    Comments: this pump replaced three koralias and a tunze wavebox my aquarium look so much more open, and the flow it greats is wonderful, I will be ordering another one soon in the future

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