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EcoTech MP40 Pump w/ QuietDrive (Mobius Ready) - EcoTech Marine


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EcoTech Marine VorTech MP40QD Propeller Pump w/ Wireless QuietDrive Driver - Mobius Ready

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:

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 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 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 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 (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 (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.
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.
Pumps can be enabled to run a gentler night time program simulating calmer ocean conditions for the night time hours.


MOBIUS APP CONTROL (no internet connection required)
VorTech pumps can now be controlled via any smart device with the Mobius App.  Mobius is EcoTech Marine’s new app-based aquarium command center. It allows you to control your Vectra pumps, Versa pumps, VorTech pumps and Radion LED lighting without the need for an external controller, bridge, or even internet connection! Mobius interfaces with your equipment via Bluetooth LE, which is inherent to most modern smart devices. The app is free to use and loaded with features including setup guides, specialty modes, and the ability to create custom modes with just the tap of a finger.
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.


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

Technical Features:

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


  • Flow: 5,000 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 MP40QD MP60QD
    Flow: 2,500 gph (9,500 lph) 5,000 gph (19,000 lph) 9,000 gph (34,000 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.

    Manufacturer information

    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.

    5 Stars


    Reviewed on
    March 07, 2021

    Yes, I would recommend this.


    Great product, works great

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    Reviewed on
    February 13, 2021

    Yes, I would recommend this.

    Awesome Pump

    Pros: Everything about this pump is great

    These pumps are top of the line. Tons of flow, lots of settings, whisper quiet and the form factor in the tank can not be beat. Simple to connect and control with the Mobius App.

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    Reviewed on
    January 15, 2021

    Love the pump best on the market

    Love the pump best on the market

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    Reviewed on
    January 15, 2021

    Yes, I would recommend this.

    Love the pump best on the market

    Love the pump best on the market

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    Reviewed on
    January 15, 2021

    Yes, I would recommend this.

    Best Pump! Awesome Support!

    Pros: not heat, great support, mobius

    Cons: expensive

    Not only is this one of the best pumps on the market today but Ecotech's support is hands down the best in the industry. The pump motor is on the outside so that keeps the heat and cables out of the tank.

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    Reviewed on
    December 28, 2020

    Yes, I would recommend this.

    Perfect on my 120 penninsula

    Pros: Discrete and moves a ton of water

    Cons: Lack of direction control.

    I ran 2 of these on the end of my 120 peninsula and they were great. Amazing flow and so discrete in the tank. Their low profile and black wet side blended in with the black back wall. Mobius connects easily and convenient to update the flow patterns while standing right there.

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    Reviewed on
    December 18, 2020

    Yes, I would recommend this.

    Love It!!

    Pros: No wires in the tank

    Cons: Big motor

    Recently added an mp40 to my70 gallon sps dominant reef. I managed to remove two smaller powerheads that were running at 100% and run the mp40 at 40%. Better power consumption and no cords in the display! 10/10!

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    Reviewed on
    December 15, 2020

    Yes, I would recommend this.

    Go Vortech or Go Home

    Pros: Build Quality is Superb, Mobius software, Reliability

    Cons: Ex$pen$ive

    Yes, ecotech powerheads are expensive, but the premium you pay is rewarded in features, reliability and build quality.

    I love the mobius software and use it over my neptune programming on my SPS system

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    Reviewed on
    December 12, 2020

    Yes, I would recommend this.

    My go to choice

    Pros: No cord in the water, No heat transfer. Battery back up available. Adjustable flow modes. Reliable.

    Cons: None

    I own 2 MP40’s and they have been running continuously for years. They are infinitely adjustable and incredibly reliable. They have 12 different flow modes, low profile design and my favorite part is that there is no cord in the water. Heat generated by electric motor is virtually non-existent because the Vortech pumps used coupled magnetic drive which results in low power use and virtually no heat transfer. Use the available battery back up for those power outages too. Vortech pumps are the best choice for keeping my corals safe and happy.

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    Reviewed on
    December 05, 2020

    Yes, I would recommend this.

    The best there is

    Power, build quality, functionality. Just the best powerhead you can get.

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