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 have a 210g FW African tank. My Danner Mag24 is on its way out and I've been looking at DC pumps primarily for reducing power consumption. The pump will be an inline return pump with a manifold to feed a PhosBan reactor and UV filter (left over from my discus days). I know the L1 is probably over kill but I can adjust water volume with the pump's speed control. I don't need all the bells & whistles that DC pumps offer. The pump will be controlled on/off via an Apex system. My question is does the pump come with the necessary fittings to use U.S. sized PVC or do I need to order those separately?
Question by: Raymond Sugel Sr on Apr 29, 2017 11:43:00 AM
Hey there,
The L1 does come with slip-fit collars for the inlet and outlet which are set up for US plumbing. if you wish to do away with the slip collar and plumb onto the pump's threads, they do sell an adapter coupling which converts from the outside BSP threads to US slip.

Happy reefing!
Answer by: Zack (Admin) on May 2, 2017 12:38:00 PM
I'm looking for a pump that will work for my 120 gl tank. Sump will be in the basement so head height will be 12 feet. Will this pump work and if not what do you recommend. Thanks
Question by: John Ashton on May 23, 2017 6:40:00 AM
The Vectra L1 may be up to the task, but pumping up a floor does add a fair amount of head pressure that the pump has to overcome, and this will greatly reduce the output of the pump. I think this would largely depend on having a simple, straightforward return line with minimal elbows or extra fittings that might add more backpressure. If you're not looking for a massive amount of turnover, the L1 can likely still achieve a decent 5-7x/hr turnover rate through your sump.

Happy reefing!
Answer by: Zack (Admin) on May 30, 2017 1:03:00 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
Vectra L1 be strong enough for a 380 gallon fowlr tank a just only return pump? thanks
Question by: Onassis on Jun 4, 2017 1:20:00 AM
This may depend on your desired turnover rate and specifics of your plumbing setup, but I would be hesitant to say this would be powerful enough after taking into account flow loss due to head pressure and plumbing friction. If you have a fairly simple, open return line with minimal sharp turns and valves, and the head height is not too great, you could probably achieve about a 4-5x/hr turnover rate with this pump.

Happy reefing!
Answer by: Zack (Admin) on Jun 9, 2017 3:16:00 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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  • Easy By Hikari on 5/24/2017

    So far, this pump has been easy to work with and I'm excited to see the long term results.
  • Excellent Pump By Huck on 4/25/2017

    I purchased this pump when I upgraded my reef tank from a 65 gal to a 120 custom install. I purchased primarily because I used Ecotech products in the past and I was pleased with the quality as well as the customer service, so I decided to give the L1 a try, and I am glad I did. This pump is by far quieter and has more power than the Mag 9 that I was using before. I also love the fact that I can control the flow rate without putting additional back pressure on the pump.
  • Think twice before buying!! By joe on 4/14/2017

    I thought this pump was a premium option. Think again! I am on my third power supply. The pumps changes speed completely with a mind of its own. I am running it at a fixed speed as a return pump. It reeks havoc on all my equipment and pH when changing speeds because I use it to power a manifold. I dose kalk in my ato and it keeps messing with the water levels in my sump and skimmer. Ecotech charges 25 dollars to overnight you anything, now they are telling me to unplug it from my eb832 because it's not compatible. And that I need to take it apart to clean it. It's barely been running 2 months in a system designed to make certain nothing can make it through the pump. I have to clean it once a month??? Not happy!!!
  • Quiet Powerful Pump By Jeremy on 3/15/2017

    I bought this to replace a LifeGard Quiet One Pro 6000 return pump on my 180G FOWLR tank. The LifeGard was loud, I could hear it through the entire house. The Vectra is amazing, I can't even hear it when I am sitting a few feet away from the aquarium. I have it running at about 80% and it is providing a similar water volume as the LifeGard at full power.
    It would be great if the pump was controllable with my Apex, but I am able to control the on/off with an Apex outlet, and don't really need to adjust the power level very often.
    The slow start is cool too, the old pump used to startle my wife when it kicked on. The Vectra just quietly ramps up to full power with no drama.
  • Great pump By Chefbill on 3/13/2017

    So far so good. Only been running it for a couple of weeks with no problems. Will update in a few months.
  • Super quiet but lacking flow on bigger system By Matt on 2/23/2017

    I bought this pump after running a Sicce HF12.0 for 3 days on a new tank. The vibration from that pump was more than I could bear. I am really happy with how quiet the pump is compared to the Sicce. You can barely hear the pump through the wall (my tank is built into). Actually you can hear the water falling more than the pump. The only thing that I am disappointment with is the loss in flow through the system. Seems like I lost about half of what the Sicce could do. I am running a 210 6' tank, hard plumbing to a 60 sump and the drop in flow was big. At full strength I am probably getting around 1500 gph. Still not a bad trade off for how quiet this pump is. Maybe a bigger version will be made in the future.
  • Best Return Pump By Golden Pond on 1/14/2017

    Ok I was running a Waveline DC Pump and crapped out at 6 months. Completely seized. Don't think BRS sells it anymore. I upgraded to this 9 months ago. So much better. Very constant and easy to clean and super quiet and strong. Ecotech is a solid company.
  • Why No Apex Support? By Danny on 11/22/2016

    Extremely disappointed this pump can NOT run with my Apex. Actually not disappointed, I'm straight up pissed. Not sure if Neptune is trying to push people to buy the CORE pump or what. This needs to be fixed!
  • Best Yet By Bigsal on 11/6/2016

    I have had externals for the last 20 years but decided to try a emerald sump and went with this DC controlled pump to see if I save money. This is almost silent and pumps harder than anything I have had before. I like that I can control it with the control without valves causing back pressure.
  • 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!