Vectra L1 DC (3100 GPH) - Ecotech Marine

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Vectra L1 DC (3100 GPH) - Ecotech Marine

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Quick Overview

Introducing the World's Smartest Return Pump

With some of the most advanced pump technology on the market today Ecotech has stepped it up another notch.  With their QuietDrive technology keeping the pumps noise to an absolute minimum in almost any application. The Vectra L1 can be used as a standard Return pump, or Closed loop pump.  When in a closed loop application you can utilize the same EcoSmart modes that made their Vortech pumps so outstanding.

  • Pump Type: Centrifugal /  DC

  • Dimensions: 7.0" H x 5.0" W x 9.0" L

  • Flow: 3100 gph (11500 lph)

  • Pressure: 21.5' (6.5m)

  • Wattage: 130W

  • Input: 1.5" (38mm

  • Output: 1" (25mm)

  • Programmable: Yes

  • Return Mode: Yes

  • Closed Loop Mode: Yes

  • ESL/ReefLink: Yes

  • Feed Mode: Yes

  • Battery Backup Compatible: Yes


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Product Questions

Does this pump have a back up battery available to purchase through this website?
Question by: emili brown on Mar 29, 2016 6:33:00 AM
Great question!
This will run using the Ecotech battery back up currently. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 29, 2016 3:45:00 PM
Would this Vectra L1 DC - Ecotech Marine pump be strong enough to run my 340 gallon mix reef tank as a return pump and a biopellet reactor, gfo, and carbon reactor??
Question by: Roland Martinez on Apr 15, 2016 10:52:00 AM
Great question! Unfortunately this pump would be slightly under powered, even if it were running stand alone on your 340 gallon system. We recommend the return pump be powerful enough to provide 10x turnover in one hour for a reef system (3,400gph for your system)
Answer by: Carter (Admin) on Apr 19, 2016 5:29:00 PM
I currently run an L1 at 100%. How long will the battery back up last with one Ecotech battery? How long with two?
Question by: Rob Oderman on May 17, 2016 6:35:00 AM
Great question!
The battery without the ecotech battery booster( coming soon from Ecotech) is not designed to run the L1 for more than a few hours. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 18, 2016 6:40:00 PM
what is the gph on this pump ?????
Question by: jeff reedy on May 6, 2016 4:21:00 PM
Great question! The GPH of the Ecotech L1 Vectra is adjustable, maxing out at 3100GPH.
Answer by: Carter (Admin) on May 9, 2016 12:20:00 PM
What is the gph on this pump with the max head pressure?
Question by: Adam Jonas on May 31, 2016 10:46:00 PM
Great question!
Max Head Pressure means at that height the water flow GPH will be 0. at half of the head height the max flow will be half of the full amount.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 2, 2016 2:30:00 PM
Does this pump work with wmx from apex?
Question by: Brian on Jun 26, 2016 1:37:00 PM
Hey there! The Vectra pumps are not controllable with the Apex WXM Module. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jun 29, 2016 6:28:00 PM

Full Details

Flexible Installation

Included with the Vectra Pump are QuickCouple components,  these fitted couplers provide the flexibility to make installation, cleaning and adjustments a breeze. The Vectra also boasts the ability to rotate the volute of the pump to adapt to the needs of your plumbing setup.

  • Easy Connection
  • Fast Setup
  • Quick Disassembly
  • British Standard Pipe Threading

Return Pump or Closed Loop

The Vectra can be installed and operated as either a return pump or as closed loop flow pump.

  • Two distinct operational configurations
  • Return Pump features calibration and Speed Lock
  • Closed Loop features random and pulsing modes

Inline or Submersible

Vectra pumps feature a sealed motor and magnetic drive for internal and external operation as a return pump for Closed Loop flow. The Vectra’s flexibility will fit your needs for just about any setup that you wish to achieve.

Vectra Driver

The Vectra driver features EcoTech’s QuietDrive technology.

  • Choose between Return Pump or Closed Loop configuration
  • Access Vectra operational modes including Feed Mode
  • QD Technology minimizes DC motor noise
  • Fully adjustable flow
  • Communicates with other QD and EcoSmart compatible devices

EcoSmart Live Compatible

EcoSmart Live is EcoTech Marine’s web-based aquarium command center. It allows you to control your Vectra pumps, VorTech pumps and Radion LED lighting from anywhere in the world through a computer or mobile device (iOS and Android supported). EcoSmart Live is loaded with features such as setup guides, flow and lighting wizards, specialty modes, and the ability to create new modes with just the click of a mouse or tap of a finger.

Get real time information about your lighting and pumps or wirelessly update your product’s firmware. Having issues getting the coral growth that you expect? Our award winning customer service staff can log into your account and suggest changes for you.

Battery Backup Compatible

In an aquarium with no flow, fish and corals begin to die in as little as 4 to 10 hours. The Battery Backup is reef tank insurance in an aluminum housing.

By adding the Battery Backup, your tank is insulated from power interruptions, helping protect your valuable investment -and your tank inhabitants.
*Hours are estimated and will vary depending on battery life, pump mode and other factors.

The Vectra Advantage

Active Feedback

When used with the ReefLink, your Vectra pump can send you performance and status alerts right to your mobile device or computer. Your return pump is the heart of your aquarium; the faster you hear about an unexpected issue the more successful you will be as an aquarist.

  • Quiet Operation
  • Controllability

Cost Savings

Traditional AC pumps when used as a return pump for your sump are flow controlled through the use of a choke valve. This is method of control is inherently inefficient for two reasons. 1) The AC pump purchased must often be over-powered for your given setup to allow for flexibility. 2) By adding artificial impedance to your flow, electricity is wasted. The Vectra pump will always operate at the optimum efficiency because there is no need to use a flow restricting valve to achieve your desired flow rate.



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  • excellent pump By Anton on 10/25/2016

    I have tried several different return pumps over the years. This is the best by far. It is quiet,small and ,powerful. It feeds five reactors ( Biopelet, Carbon, Phosphate,Calcium reactor, and soon to set up algae reactor), off a manifold in my sump. The ability to control flow without restricting valves is a plus. The low energy usage and low heat production seals the deal for me.
  • Don't buy for CLS config By shane on 10/20/2016

    I've only had the Vectra L1 for six months and have had issues since day one. I'm running it on a 200g tank in a CLS config with two 2" bulkheads feeding it. Pump is externally mounted at mid tank level.
    When i first installed I noticed a stray voltage leak that could only be resolved by a grounding probe. After two months the pump began ticking and overheating. I pulled it for cleaning and there was minimal buildup after cleaning the pump continued to overheat and run at a reduced flow rate. I've even had it overheat to the point it spiked voltage enough to throw the break on the whole circuit. At this point I can't run it more than 24hrs at a flow higher than 40%. I'm in process of working with Echotech on a solution, hopefully they can remedy this with a replacement pump.
  • Dual Vectra L1's pumping up 12 feet! By Mitch on 8/13/2016

    Running dual L1's to run a 360 gallon tank from a 90 gallon sump downstairs. The head height is around 10ft from my Lab stand where my sump is located. 1 pump was "just" enough but installed a second for a bit more flow (running on less power) as well as redundancy. The pumps (both) keep my tank at 78.6 degrees w/o use of any heaters at all. With 3/4 plexi temperature fluctuations are non-existent. SOUND: I hear nothing from these pumps. I CAN hear a slight hum if I turn off my Reef Octopus 300SSS but otherwise any normal person would consider these silent. I've plumbed in/out of the sump. Oddly both were quieter OUTSIDE of the water? However I like that I no longer need heaters to maintain my 78 degrees & I live in Alaska! The cold is cold! I'm running this with 4 EcoTech MP40s as well as 8 Radions. Hooking up Apex now but understand the Vectras are not supported (yet)? This is minor considering you can control the vectra with the apex power bar. Highly recommend!
  • Wow By LogTech on 8/1/2016

    In my 2 years of reefing so far, I've upgraded, changed my designs, and all the way used inexpensive pumps. I really enjoyed the Mag drive pumps, but none of them have compared to this. I have the L1 now and can't imagine using another pump for my application. It is by far the quietest pump I have been around and really moves some water. This pump easily drives the basic flow of my 220 gallon reef tank from my 55 gallon sump and I am very happy with it.

    The features on the basic controller are a little intimidating at first, but very intuitive after you become familiar with it. Feed mode is awesome. Why didn't I have this before?!
  • buyer beware By Eric on 7/31/2016

    ive had 2 pump failures in the last 6 months ! first one actually shocked my tank leaching electricity into my reef. second one just flat failed died within a month of them replacing the first pump.
  • great pump silent and slow start up is great for keeping bubbles to minimum By rblarmer on 7/25/2016

    great pump silent and slow start up is awesome at keeping micro bubbles to minimum-if any downside (there is not) would love them to be apex controllable :(
    you can still control the start and stop with apex just no pulsing or flow variables...
  • Silent with no vibration By Steven on 5/17/2016

    I jus installed this pump on my 210. I had a iwaki 100rlt external for a few years and the noise was crazy loud. Well it's the fan on the pump that makes all the noise. Don't know why they claim it's quiet. Anyway if this pump works out I will hard line it externally. Time will tell. One thing is this pump lacks the psi needed to flow throw 3/4in pvc pipe at around 8 feet of head pressure. It still works but not tons of pressure. But my tank is so quiet I'm finding more little noise that are annoying me.
  • Pump failed in five months By John on 4/28/2016

    Pump failed in five months. Impeller hard to turn. Ecotech is replacing the pump.
  • The best if the best By Sgt Harold on 2/28/2016

    I think there no other return pump I would want ! In my bed room this is the quietist ! I hav reefo flow hammerhead for my 450 mix reef and this pump equals that pump, so happy
  • Nasty Surprise By Anand on 2/10/2016

    Pump is great; but Ecotech discontinued Apex support. So you cannot control the pump with your apex controller.
  • Great! By Matthew on 12/7/2015

    Soooo much more quite than my previous spa type pump (reeflo Dart/Snaper gold). Now all I hear is water falling down my overflows. the control is great, easy to install and operate. Love it.
  • Absolutely silent By Mike on 11/18/2015

    I was running an external pump for my 220g reef, and the humming began to drive me a bit nuts. I ordered the Vectra L1, and plumbed it as an internal in my sump. I actually thought I didn't have it plugged in it was so quiet. Easy setup, and the adjustability is a nice touch. I just like how silent it is