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!

EcoTech Marine – 610-954-8480
Answer by: Eric Crees (Admin) on Sep 26, 2016 10:41:00 AM
It says that this pump has EcoSmart Live which, "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. Apex has a module, the WXM that controls wireless pumps so I am just curious if these pumps will work on the apex module?
Question by: Matthew Moore on Dec 28, 2016 8:57:00 PM
Great question! Unfortunately, this EcoTech product is not compatible with the Neptune Apex WXM module. In order to connec the Vectra pumps to EcoSmart Live, you would need the ReefLink listed below. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jan 4, 2017 3:32:00 PM
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
I have a 65 gallon sps reef and am considering using this pump as my return pump. The internal overflow system can only handle about 700 gph, can this pump be dialed down that low without damage to the pump?
Question by: Matt Hall on Dec 17, 2016 1:40:00 PM
Great question! Unfortunately the manufacturer has not provided us with the various flow ratings at each set point, but it is absolutely capable of long term use at each setting without the worry of damaging the pump. As long as you use the available presets, you will be just fine! :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Dec 22, 2016 5:29:00 PM
I'm considering the Vectra for my system: my sump is in my basement and I need to know how long the cord is connecting the controller and the pump? Can an extension be added if necessary?
Question by: Brad on Jan 16, 2017 1:36:00 PM
Great question! The cord on that will be about 10ft with the driver power supply. You can easily add an extension cord if necessary. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jan 16, 2017 2:26:00 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
Hello, what is the warranty on this pump?
Question by: Rod on Nov 1, 2016 12:50:00 AM
Hello there,
Ecotech Marine provides a 1 year warranty on their pumps. Have a great day and happy reefing!
Answer by: Zack (Admin) on Nov 7, 2016 5:30:00 PM
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
Hello - I currently run a 300 gallon SPS tank with the sumps down in the basement. Head pressure on my external Barracuda is 4500 GPH at 12ft head pressure. I was thinking of adding one of these pumps under display cabinet as a closed loop pump. Would this disrupt the Barracuda pump pressure if I used the ecosmart features on the closed loop pump? Meaning this would essentially hold back the return of my main external pump in feed mode when used. Please let me know...thanks Ed
Question by: Ed on Jan 11, 2017 1:07:00 PM
Great question! Using this pump in a closed loop setup is much like adding more power heads to your tank. In this setup, all it will affect is the various flow rates and patterns in the tank. It will not affect your return pump and its primary operation of recirculating the water through the display and the filtration system. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jan 12, 2017 4:03:00 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. The input and output of the Vectra pumps have threads or quick connect collets that will accept standard US plumbing. The output of the quick connect collets may need a little finesse to fit the proper sized 3/4" fitting.

  • 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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  • Quiet but doesn't last By Andrew on 4/20/2017

    My first one failed just after a year of service. EcoTech replaced at no cost to me (well $1) and the second one failed after 6 months - I'm done. FYI just had a MP40QD fail after 18 months so I'm not sure the QD technology is something that lasts.
  • Great pump By Mtnrunner on 4/10/2017

    I really like this pump. It is very quiet. The variable speed makes it a snap for controlling the amount of flow. I'm very satisfied and would recommend.
  • Too Expensive. POS By Seed on 3/24/2017

    This pump basically sucks and so does their support. The first one I received it looked like it was a return repackaged. The second one I received it worked pretty well for about 6 months. Then I pulled the unit out to clean just the pump and it failed.

    The lights on the controller which I never touched flashed every color of the aurora borealis. I called support and they sent me a new pump. I asked for a new controller. That didn't work of course.

    They then sent me a new board to replace. That worked sort of, when I went to recalibrate the unit I could only get it to run at 35%. Any higher and the pump would wind up, cut off, wind up, cut off. I called their tech support, was routed to a guy and then he hung up on me. I tried calling another hour and their support was down.

    I ran the pump @35% until today when I shut it off so my anem would get off the return drains. After an hour I turned it back on and it flashed a bunch of green hues, the white LEDs kept recycling. I called support again and they said the PSU is probably bad. I had to put my CC down again just to get a $10 PSU shipped, which will take 5 days.

    If you value your tank DON'T buy this pump. It sucks especially for the price. I'd rather pay $500 for something that worked well even after simple maintenance. I hope the Varios is better. I may consider an external on my next build.

    Thank god for BRS though. They keep me happy cause they're the best.
  • Quiet pump and nice web interface but flow not as advertised By rdlauer65 on 3/21/2017

    I have been using the M1 for a little over a year and have been happy with the level of noise. That said, my assumption (very wrong) was that the flow rate would be about half of the 2000 GPH advertised due to the 4.5 feet of head, a couple of 90 degree elbows and a back flow valve. After installing the Neptune FMK, I was very surprised to see my max flow rate at just under 400GPH so decided to do a bucket test. The test result was 406GPH so the flow meter wasnt lying. After some looking around, this appears to be the case with a lot of pumps on the market so do yourself a favor and test to make sure you are getting the flow you are looking for regardless of the brand since advertised flow rates are likely well off.
  • Quiet By bchas41 on 3/12/2017

    My first one had a power supply failure, but their customer service got me a replacement ASAP. I thoroughly enjoy how quiet the pump is and love the capabilities that the DC pump gives you to dial in the flow.
  • It's a pump but an overpriced and not that powerful By Coralman101 on 11/2/2016

    I tested the pump just as previous reviewer did and found similar results.
  • 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.