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EcoTech Marine VorTech MP40wQD Propeller Pump w/ Wireless QuietDrive Driver

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Is the EcoTech Marine VorTech QuietDrive flow pump for you? Reef Hacks files a hands-on review here.

First, VorTech took the pump motor out of the aquarium, now QuietDrive takes the noise out of the motor.

The Vortech MP40 has been upgrade to the new QuietDrive driver that reduces noise, improves efficiency and increases flow. The VorTech is no less amazing today than when it was first revolutionized the aquarium hobby. Three generation of pumps, over a decade of flow production, and tens of thousands of healthy aquariums are a testament to this uniquely designed powerhead. 

Vortech QD Flow:

In an aquarium, having the right amount of flow is crucial to the health of the ecosystem. With VorTech QuietDrive, choosing the correct water circulation equipment has never been easier.

VorTech pumps are designed by aquarists to be the gold standard in providing flow in marine aquariums. When it comes to broad yet gentle flow, the VorTech design is unmatched.

Magnetic Couple:

At the heart of the VorTech`s success is its unique, patented, magnetically coupled design.

  • No distractions from the beauty of the tank and its inhabitants
  • No wires in the aquarium
  • No unwanted heat added to the water column
  • No risk of electrical discharge harming people or marine life
  • No hassle when it comes to installing, relocating or cleaning the powerhead
QuietDrive builds on the unique advantages of the VorTech`s magnetically couple design and takes it to the next level. The revolutionary new drive system boasts increased efficiency and significantly reduces motor noise.

VorTech QD Modes:

LAGOON MODE
Lagoonal Random Mode simulates a low-energy lagoon environment. The speed of the pump is changed slowly to recreate the gentle currents of a lagoon.
REEF CREST MODE
Reef Crest Random Mode simulates a high-energy reef environment. The pump will change speed frequently and drastically to simulate crashing waves and surge tide. This is a favorite of SPS Corals.
GYRE MODE
Gyre Mode creates a flow pattern consisting of uniform clockwise and counterclockwise flow levels pulsing at a selected interval between two seconds and two hours.
SHORT PULSE MODE
Short Pulse Mode creates a flow pattern consisting of uniform high and low flow levels pulsing at a selected interval between 0.2 seconds and two seconds.
TIDAL SWELL MODE
Tidal Swell Mode (TSM) creates a harmonic balance reminiscent of the changing flow conditions found in nature. over the course of several hours, the flow pattern will go from very chaotic to calm, followed by a detritus-clearing surge at the very end of the cycle. The flow direction will change direction every cycle.
NUTRIENT TRANSPORT MODE
Nutrient Transport Mode (NTM) creates circulation in a two-phase program. The first phase uses wave motion to stir up detritus. The second phase follows with a surging motion to move the detritus into the overflow and out of the aquarium. This mode promotes maximum health, nutrient wxport and increased growth for sensitive corals such as SPS.
FEED MODE
At the touch of a button all VorTech wirelessly enabled pumps will temporarily pause their current mode and idle allowing food to be added to the tank without being cycled into the overflow and filtration.
NIGHT MODE
Pumps can be enabled to run a gentler night time program simulating calmer ocean conditions for the night time hours.

Capability:

MULTI-PUMP COMMUNICATION
All "w" denominated VorTech pumps come with an RF module installed. The RF module will allow up to 8 "w" pumps of any type to work together in sync, anti-sync or coordinated modes.
ESL VIA A MOBILE DEVICE (ReefLink and internet connection required)
All "w" denominated VorTech pumps are compatible with ReefLink. ReefLink provides completely wireless access to the world of EcoSmartLive, the web-based aquarium command center from EcoTech Marine.
BATTERY BACKUP MODE (EcoTech Battery Back-Up required)
Blizzard, hurricane, a downed utility pole; stuff happens. The power goes out... VorTech pumps are compatible with the EcoTech Battery Backup accessory.

Features:

  • Create massive water movement
  • Natural Gyre
  • Three dimensional flow patterns
  • Comprehensive flow options
  • Precise water movement control

Technical Features:

  • All new driver
  • More than 6 continuous operation modes
  • Wave Auto Tune, Feed Mode & Night Mode
  • Reduced motor noise compared to older MP10ES.
  • Higher output

Specification:

  • Flow: 4,500+ gph
  • Power Consumption: 9 to 38 Watts
  • Tank Range: 50-500+ gallons
  • Max Glass Thickness: 0.75"
  • Dryside Dimensions: 3" Diameter, 2.25" Height
  • Wetside Dimensions: 3" Diameter, 3" Height
  • Clearance Needed Behind Aquarium: 2.5"


    Model Comparison Chart

    Description: MP10QD / MP10wQD MP40wQD MP60wQD
    Flow: 1,500+ gph (6,000+ lph) 4,500+ gph (17,000+ lph) 7,500+ gph (28,000+ lph)
    Power Consumption: 8-18 Watts 9-38 Watts 0-60 Watts
    Tank Size Range: 2.5 - 50+ gal (9.5-190 liters) 50 - 500+ gal (190-1,800 liters) 120 - 1,000+ gal (450-3,800 liters)
    Max Glass Thickness: 0.375 inches (9.5 mm) 0.75 inches (19 mm) 0.375 – 1.00 inch (9.5 – 26 mm)



    VorTech Pump Flow Calculator

    Use our chemistry calculator to find out how many VorTech pumps they will need to provide adequate flow for SPS and LPS corals.


    Product Manuals & Documentation

    EcoTech Marine VorTech MP40wQD Propeller Pump w/ Wireless QuietDrive Driver

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

    EcoTech Marine VorTech MP40wQD Propeller Pump w/ Wireless QuietDrive 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.

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    Is a Reeflink required to operate these pumps via Ecosmart? or can I just connect to them locally?
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    Hi.No, ReefLink is optional.
    Answered : Oct 08, 2019
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    Vortech MP40 is a beast when it comes to moving water in my sps dominated tank..Must have for all reef addicts
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    Awesome Wavemaker

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    MP 40 is an awesome wave maker which not only moves hell lot of water but also almost invisible in the back of my tank..Must buy for all reef addicts
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    MP40

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    Easy to clean!!
    CONS
    Could be a little more costly that other pumps
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    Been using a pair of these for the past 6 years (switching out to the QD when released) and I have been very happy with their performance and reliability. Ecotech is great about support if the need arises and the pumps deliver one of the only options for keeping the cords outside of the water column...Read More
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    Lots of Flow

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    Lots of flow packed into a small footprint pump
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    Can't angle flow to different directions like other pumps
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    Just installed 2 mp40 in my 90 Gallon tank last night, and after playing around with the settings I am getting a massive amount of flow.Hooking them up the ESL was pretty easy, and adjusting the programming on them took a bit to get used to, but not difficult.
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    Wayy Better Now

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    Silent, good flow
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    I love how quite these are. I had the older versions and they where way loud. I can seriously crank the flow and not have to hear the old hum from the bearings. These are great.
    The variety of flow modes is why I went with ecotech, keeps the heat out of the tank. I would def buy another for m...Read More
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    I love these pumps

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    quiet, easy to use, easy to clean
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    kind of pricey but worth it
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    I love these pumps - We have been using Ecotech Pumps since we started keeping tanks. They are very reliable and Ecotech always takes care of us if we have issues with the pumps. We have 2 Mp40s on our 75 gallon tank and it is providing so much current that we have to turn them now a lot. We have a ...Read More
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    works great

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    Provides great flow and is very quiet.
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