Vectra M1 DC (2000 GPH) - Ecotech Marine

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Vectra M1 DC (2000 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 Vectra M1 DC Pump.  With their QuietDrive technology keeping the pumps noise to an absolute minimum in almost any application.  The Vectra M1 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

  • Flow: 2000 gph (7500 lph)

  • Pressure: 21.5' (6.5m)

  • Wattage: 80W

  • Dimensions: 6.0" H x 5" W x 7.5" L

  • Input Size: 1" (25mm)

  • OutputSize: .75" (19mm)

  • 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

will this pump fit in the emerald 26 return?
Question by: Rory on Apr 23, 2016 11:11:00 PM
Great question!
The M1 would be tight an may fit however there would be vibration issues as the chamber is only 5" wide
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 26, 2016 6:59:00 PM
hi will 3/4 sch 40 pipe glue into the culping on the vectra ?
Question by: ron on May 8, 2016 7:44:00 AM
Great question!
3/4" pipe will be able to glue directly to the pumps coupler. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 10, 2016 4:51:00 PM
What is the minimum flow produced by this pump at zero head pressure?
Question by: Join the Revolution on Mar 17, 2016 9:45:00 AM
No answers yet. Be the first to answer the question!
I see below some questions for tubing, but I noticed some m1 accessories. VECTRA M1 SCH. 40 ADAPTER KIT - ECOTECH MARINE and the Vectra M1 Barb & Screen Kit. Reviews on the barb say it doesnt fit and need to be sanded down. My question is the easiest way to connect a 1 inch flexible tubing to this pump? With the method you described in the other 7/8 tube question?
Question by: David on Jun 3, 2016 4:31:00 PM
Great question!
The easiest way to attach 1" tubing to the M1 will to be using the method described earlier. The spigot x barb included in the kit from ecotech will be 3/4" and to increase the size you will need to adapter with both kits. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 9, 2016 10:39:00 AM
Is the m1 suitable for a 55g reef tank?
Question by: Art on Mar 18, 2016 12:21:00 AM
Great question!
The M1 certainly will work well with a 55 gallon when tuned down to a lower setting. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 18, 2016 2:48:00 PM
Hi, how would the m1 out be connected to tubing with 7/8th internal diameter?
Question by: Art on Mar 30, 2016 10:09:00 PM
Great question!
Tough answer, One way this might work is to Connect a small segment of 3/4" PVC pipe to the pump. out of the 3/4" pipe you can connect a reducer to increase the size from 3/4" to 1? (listed in the link below) Finally if your tubing is soft tubing you could connect a spigot x barb adapter (also 1") and press the 7/8" soft tubing over the 1" barb. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Schedule 80 Reducing Coupler 1” Slip x 3⁄4” Slip
SKU: 202568

1" Pipe Adapter Spigot x Barb
SKU: 207927
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 31, 2016 2:57:00 PM
I see the Vectra M1 is 80 watts, what is the amp at full power?
Question by: Doug on Sep 17, 2016 10:51:00 PM
Hey Doug,
That's a great question! I believe that 80 watts would be at full power, but in order to get the correct information, I would suggest reaching out to EcoTech to get that answer! Please let us know if you have any other questions!

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Answer by: Eric Crees (Admin) on Sep 26, 2016 10:41:00 AM
Are these pumps now apex WXM controllable?
Question by: Dustin Carroll on Jan 15, 2016 2:45:00 PM
Great question!
The WXM does not currently work with the Vectra pump. Hopefully in the near future they will have the proper programming set up!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jan 15, 2016 3:23:00 PM
What is the total head height this pump can handle
Question by: Sam Tirelli on Apr 29, 2016 7:25:00 AM
Great question!
This will stop flowing at 21.5' (6.5m). This is the head height of the pump. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 29, 2016 2:46:00 PM
Does the pump have an automatic shut off in case the water level is low?
Question by: Art on Mar 25, 2016 5:57:00 PM
Great question!
This pump does not have a low water shut off unfortunately. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 28, 2016 11:08:00 AM
Has support been added yet to the Neptune Apex system? Hopefully via the VXM module...
Question by: Marco Davila on Jun 23, 2016 6:31:00 PM
No, Unfortunately Support between the Vectra and WXM module does not seem to be an option. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 23, 2016 6:57:00 PM
Where can I find a 3/4in. Flat Seat Hose Barb that will fit on the Vectra M1
Question by: Justin on Mar 14, 2016 8:39:00 AM
Great question!
I have included a link below to the 3/4" Spigot x barb adapter. The spigot section can be mounted and glued directly to the vectra compression nut. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 15, 2016 11:41:00 AM
Is this pump powerful enough for a 180gl reef tank?
Question by: Mark Steffen on Jul 25, 2016 1:08:00 AM
Hi Mark,
The Vectra M1 pump would work really well on a 180 gallon tank depending on the overall head height that it will need to push. For most common systems that only require about 4 to 5 feet the Vectra M1 works great.
Answer by: Charlie (Admin) on Jul 25, 2016 8:20:00 AM

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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  • Good but not perfect By Patrick on 10/14/2016

    I purchased this pump as the return for my 250L Red Sea Reefer tank, and I'm very satisfied with my purchase, although the price did hurt my wallet a bit. I modified the return on my tank so that the return has a Locktight Y-spliter with 1.25" flares and am able to run the pump full speed, which has greatly improved the water movement and reduced the need for powerheads.

    My only negative comments are that the pump is very quiet but not silent like everyone says, and the multiple modes really are of little use to me, that being said I would still highly recommend it for those looking for a high-end pump option.
  • Terrible customer support By Rupert on 9/1/2016

    I am setting up an L1 and an M1 on a new 280 gallon system.
    Neither performs as per their output graphs.
    Does it look great - YES
    Does it sound quiet - YES
    Is the controller cool - YES
    Are the marketing materials too good to be true - YES!!!

    I installed digital flow meters on both circuits as I am trying to be super scientific on this and had planned on running:
    1. L1 feeding an SRO 6000 EXT which needs 900-1400 GPH. (I am maxed out at 1,000 GPH)
    2. M1 feeding in series a 1/3hp chiller and UV sterilizer and I was hoping to push 600 gph through that loop... I am maxed out at 400 gph.

    I isolated my system and did a bucket test into a trigger systems 10 gallon ATO tank timing the output for each gallon as the water level went past each gallon marking. Averaged out 21 gallon split times after throwing out the outlying first gallon data during pump startup.... performance was 50% less than what it should have been....

    Ecotech response.... oh we will send you an adaptor....

    My response.... I already have that adaptor installed....

    Ecotech.... your system has a back pressure problem.... our pump is perfect.

    (I also switched the M1 out for a Sicce pump rated for around 750gph.... so under half the size and it did about 80% of the M1)
    Me.... *&^$$^^&!!!!!!

    When given scientific data their response was to stick their head in the sand.

    Not impressed....

    If your flow rates are important to you don't believe their performance graphs!
  • ULTRA QUIET By Mark Steffen on 8/22/2016

    This pump is so quiet that I can't even hear it at max speed. This pump is totally controllable with the remote and has feed mode. Super clean looking and had NO issues installing this. Get one!
  • HIGHLY recommend! By FLSharkvictim on 8/6/2016

    I been in the hobby for over 25 years and I have never seen a pump like this perform! 1st off you can't even hear it run, it's totally quiet w/ ZERO noise, you basically can't even tell it's running. M1 is build like a tank and the 2000gph it pushes out is per hour is Incredible. Let's put it this way, i have it turn up to 80% and i have a Aqua UV Sterilize that's 25 watts hard plumbed off of it and i still can't turn it all the way up. I have to push through my UV a min of 700-800 gph or it would not be working the way I needed it to work which is to kill algae. I can't even imagine going with the bigger pump on my 120 gallon tank / specs are the following 48 x 24 x 24, It's absolutely perfect for my tank! My opinion, best pump on the market. Dont believe everything read in regards to the bad reviews. Ecotech has a great customer service and if s something is wrong they will make it right. Actually they help me set up my ecotec reeflink in no time..
  • Hope it lasts! By ReeferXL on 7/29/2016

    I have a M1 Vectra. Failed after fours months of use. Flashing green light. Not happy with ecotech service and I'm sending mine back to ecotech for repair at my cost. They are requiring me to send the whole product back for repairs. I got the feeling from the tech support agent they know about this problem but don't want to shell out the money to recall the product and make it right for all customers. They did absolutely no trouble shooting over the phone. It was like they knew there product had defects. I have also had problems with the battery backup and booster I bought to work with this pump.
  • Great Pump By Nathan on 7/12/2016

    I had the advantage of 6 months of reviews before purchasing my pump so I knew about the fitting (abs to pvc, slight size mismatch from UK to US). I needed a Reeflink for my MP40s so it additionally working with the M1 pump worked out. I don't know why some complain that you HAVE to calibrate the pump for it to work isn't true, to take full advantage of its capabilities you should. going from a large, high heat producing and energy consuming return pump to this is a great improvement. I like the variable speed on demand with the knob and the variety of settings from the Reeflink. I also don't use an eternal controller.I feel the price is worth the technology and features.
  • Quiet! By Mark on 7/4/2016

    Very quiet pump. I like the fact that you need to calibrate it. It takes a few minutes but this way, you set the max output to prevent any accidental disasters. i did notice someone in these reviews mentioned you need the Reeflink to set this pump to feed mode in conjunction with with Vortech pumps. I have not had this issue? If I set one of my Vortech pumps to feed mode, both my tanks with Vortech pumps and my Vectra go into feed mode without Reeflink.
  • Hint for getting the outlet barb in the m1 By Ralph on 6/25/2016

    Just received the m1 pump today. I found the same problem getting the outlet barb more than a fraction of the way in the outlet coupling others have reported. I had a piece of 1" pvc left over from building a plenum. It has a flair on one end to join two pipes together. The 1" end will shove all the way into the coupling so tight it may not need glueing. The same is true for the 3/4" slip barb on the flared end. You may have to purchase a long piece of pipe and cut to desired length, but this is easier and cheaper than other fixes.
  • Has it's fair share of flaws By Theoden on 5/28/2016

    This pump is quiet and pumps a decent volume of water in my 65 gal reef tank. I use it as a return pump exclusively and it works as intended.

    1. Those silly British threads and lack of adapter included with the pump.
    2. Those barbed accessories you can buy from Ecotech do not fit without modifications.
    3. The controller on mine runs warm and the large heat sink on the back of it puzzles me.
    4. If you think you're going to link this pump wirelessly with your Vortech pumps you're kidding yourself. You have to buy the Reef Link to hook everything up wirelessly. All I wanted was to be able to put my Vectra and Voretch pumps in feed mode by pushing one button and I cannot. Fail.

    1. I love how quiet this pump runs so far.
    2. I love how it slowly ramps back up from feed mode or the power being off. No hard starts.
    3. I like the long power cords on all parts of this pump.
    4. I love being able to tune this pump to my tanks plumbing and not having to manually adjust the flow like I did on my Sicce return pump.

    Overall I'm "ok" with my purchase, but it seems a little sloppily put together and released to us. I expect far better from Ecotech Marine.
  • Beast! By Michael on 5/17/2016

    This thing is more than enough for my high flow sps dominant 75 gallon! SUPER quiet too!
  • Ongoing reveiw By Mark on 4/1/2016

    received my New pump at first sight looks great well built. this is my first Ecotech product so I am very excited to get to using it. on first in stall I was a little miffed that the Outlet was not a true 3/4 Sch 40 PVC pipe so I'm having to sand down the pipe to fit, but that's part of after market. I would have liked to see there be at least an extra Threaded fittings if you didn't want to have to Glue the only Collar fitting sent in the box. not a huge fan of having to make anything Super permanent on the Aquariums since it makes removal and cleaning hard. hoping to get it up and running this week.
  • Great pump. SILENT. By Phil on 2/24/2016

    The pump itself is great and runs pretty much silently. Having to calibrate the pump is and extra (unneeded) step in my opinion but I guess with smaller tanks its a good safety feature if you do it. Only 3 stars because of the fittings, they are too shallow, too hard to glue properly and overall kind of a pain in the butt to work with. I installed it with the included slip fittings and ended up dismantling it the next day to put the PVC/slip fittings on. It would have been easier with the PVC initially because they are 1.25 slip and 1.5 slip so you can put in a threaded riser for pretty much any size you need eliminating the need to redo plumbing. Buy the PVC adapters and make you life way easier.