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These can be controlled with the Apex through the Ice Cap module included below. One module is required per pump. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Overall we would recommend the 150 for optimal flow on a system of your size. Reasoning behind the larger is the 130 is not going to have quite as wide as flow gyre across and the 150 is more proportional to the tank size. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
One of the Maxspect Gyre 150's will work perfect on a 6 foot tank. You may find a few dead zones that are not picked up by the flow of the 150. This can remedied by an addition if a smaller powerhead. Let us know if you have any further questions!
For a 250 gallon tank you would most likely want 2 of the XF150's for the flow to be adequate and enough across the entire tank. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
I am assuming 2 - XF150's on long ends is adequate. However, my back up plan is deep cycle marine batteries while out for day or two to oxygenate tank. 36 volts requires 3 marine batteries in series to draw 2 amps and to create my own relay switch. Tank needs mounting on surge side mounting solution must be wet.
Does Maxspect provide a power back up solution to this device?
Two the the XF 150's will definitely work great on the tank to spread the flow across! For the battery back up there is the Icecap battery back up which works with the Gyre. I have included a link below!
The XF130 would be a great fit! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Honestly on such as large system we would recommend closer to 4 of the units to be appropriate high flow. Often you will need to find out what types of corals and how high of flow you will need. We would recommend 4 units total.
These will now come with the rugged blade. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
While the 130 will work great It will be running at a higher output. For more control we have personally used the 150 with great results and more options for flow.
The Maxspect Gyre is the world's first "gyre"- generating water moving device for aquariums. Compared to traditional powerheads and wavemakers that are based on propeller nozzle flow technology, the Maxspect Gyre is based on advanced crossflow technology which produces massive horizontal water movement leaving little to no deadspots in its wake.
New Crossflow Technology
- Virtually no dead spots
- Evenly distributed flow rate throughout the entire aquarium
- Water bounces back from the other side to create a full circulation, ie. generating "gyre flows"
- Dead spots with relatively poor water movement
- Very strong flow in the center, making coral placement very difficult
- Very weak flow near the other end of the aquarium
- Gyre Pump with Magnet Mount
- Basic Controller with mountable craddle
- Power Supply
- Spare Rotors and Cages
- Dimensions (LxWxH): 11.8 x 2.9 x 2.4in
- Weight: 1.91lb
Standard Propeller Nozzle Technology
Gyre generators excel in moving sheer flow of water from one side of the aquarium to the other. The sheer flow of water is so strong that it bounces back from the opposite site to achieve full circulation within an aquarium, ie. generating "gyre flows".
Power Supply Unit
- Model: GM85-360200-F
- Input Voltage / Current: 115-230vAC 50/60Hz
- Output Voltage / Current: 36vDC 2A
- Weight: 300g /0.7 lb
Maintenance Black Hole By John on 10/25/2016John wouldn't recommend this product to a friendOn my second Gyre, and just ordered $190 of repair parts - my second order. The units are great in terms of moving water when they work - but care has to be taken to clean the units regularly. And cleaning is not a simple task - entire unit, including motor has to be disassembled, soaked and cleaned. The manual suggest every three months - that might be pushing the limits in a reef tank with on target alkalinity - builds up fast in the motor. The disassemble / reassemble is not something I would recommend if you are not handy. And hard to accomplish without damaging the bushings. Best idea is to go to Coralvue and buy a spare parts inventory to have on hand. Good technical design in terms of function - but terrible usability and maintenance. Documentation is complicated and confusing - but I got over that after the first few adjustments.
Works Great By rblarmer on 9/26/2016rblarmer would recommend this product to a friendLove the Gyre for its low profile look and massive amount of water movement, recently purchased XF250 with controller and now both are syncronized
wish they were APEX ready and would have been 5 stars but the cord on my earliest one came apart and was not abused. new cord design looks improved so high hopes because the first one only made it 10mos:(
Red light of death!!! By Anthony on 9/18/2016Anthony wouldn't recommend this product to a friendGreat product, when it works. Less than a year old and and get blinking red light. I'm sticking with the cheap powerheads now. They seem to last longer and if they break I'm out only $30 vs $300
Absolute Garbage By Nate on 8/30/2016Nate wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis product lasted 3 months and just stopped working. It was an absolute disappointment.
Worth it so far. By Doc on 7/21/2016Doc wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have had the gyre f-150 in operation for 2 weeks. It moves a lot of water. The design is ingenious and it cured my cyno problem in about a week. I had 2 MP 40s on a 180 gallon reef primarily zoos buttons and softies a bonded pair of blue chins and a huge blue tang. Not nearly enough flow. In an attempt to get more sps going. I bought the MP 40 WES models the white ones on sale. I love them but they were not enough to keep detritus off the sand and there were lots of dead spots. I put the Gyre f-150 vertically in the back to move water behind a reef wall about 8 inches off back and the mp 40s are on opposite sides in the front. Finally a combination that works. But I hope the unit continues to work. It does seem a little flimsy hence no 5 rating. I was going to get another MP 40 but alas the new ones don't talk to the old ones without a chip upgrade. Jeez, I am willing to spend a few bucks but that didn't seem right. I did not read the other reviews before purchasing and hope the ones that say the lifespan of this product is short are not true. I will register the product for warranty purposes before the 30 days expires. (Thanks for the heads up L. Erickson).
It was great while it lasted By L. Erikson on 7/20/2016L. Erikson wouldn't recommend this product to a friendRed light of death not even 6 months into using it. The whole warranty registry in 30 days or "gotcha!" just turns me off of this as well. It moved water really well while it lasted, but the wiring and controller/instructions were not the best. Ran through the troubleshooting and maintenance with no success.
I've had my Ecotech MP10/40 running for 3 years without a single problem, but I will wait for next gen to try the Gyre out again. It really moved water well.
Don't Bother if you have Snails By Helen on 6/15/2016Helen wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis started out so promising: lots of power and great water movement. Then...nothing. We contacted support who mailed us a new part. Apparently the part that turns the propellers wears down fast. Then, we got a snail in it. That totally tore up the propellers. These things are so fragile! After replacing them three times, we are giving up.
Good product, but very difficult to clean and reassemble By RogerAGrimes on 6/4/2016RogerAGrimes wouldn't recommend this product to a friendOverall, I really liked the product the first few months, but I found out that even though I have a B.S. degree and 50 computer certifications, I was too dumb to properly re-assemble the unit after cleaning. I think this is a fatal flaw with the product. There are far too many parts, many tiny parts, and many parts that aren't so hard to break. I didn't break anything, but I did find that I was not a good enough re-assembler (even after months of watch the YouTube videos) to re-assemble in such a way that I got consistent flow. Every time I re-assembled the unit after cleaning I could not guess what flow would be coming. Sometimes the flow would blow all my sand across the tank, other times it would barely be coming out. I love this product, but it needs to have less parts, be easier to clean and reassemble, and result in a more consistent running experience. I do blame myself for half the problems (i.e. my inability to re-assemble correctly and consistently), but the product's current design has to be at fault for at least half of it.
Bad By Sad aquarium on 4/19/2016Sad aquarium wouldn't recommend this product to a friendBad bad bad. After 8 months stopped working. Just a paper weight now.
Short life By Bill on 4/19/2016Bill wouldn't recommend this product to a friendLoved this when I first started using it but over time I'm having too many issues. The way the cord comes off the motor housing is a poor design as it kinks, this caused my first issue, luckily I was within warranty and they replaced it. My second problem are the cages. They are very flimsy and it doesn't take much for them to bend or break. Multiple times I've had dwarf cerith snails venture close and get sucked in causing the pump to totally stop or worse, bend the cages. If this pump were built stronger I would recommend it because I love the idea of it, but it just isn't durable enough compared to other pumps that are out there.
Great product w/ maintenance By ae86oni on 4/1/2016ae86oni would recommend this product to a friendPump is great. Have never had a powerhead move so much water. keeps the rockwork and sand nice and detritus free. Protein skimmer is constantly pulling crap out of my water... literally.
The only downside is that you have to replace the bushings periodically, as they will wear out, especially the propeller bushings. Though they recently updated the propellers to a "ruggedized" version that have a much more sturdy propeller and bushing. If you buy one after reading this, yours should come with the new system. I ordered a set of the new propellers that should be here soon. Hopefully the bushings will be more durable, as mine wore out in 8 months. I did contact MaxSpect and after a few email to diagnose why mine wasn't working, they sent me some new parts for free since it was still in warranty. Thanks Carlos! I went ahead and ordered extras bushings when I ordered the new propellers. Highly recommend ordering plenty of extras! Luckily they're cheap.
****Also make sure to watch the videos on their website for taking it apart to clean it and putting it back together CORRECTLY**** It's very simple to do, but must be done a very specific way or the pump won't work right. You'll save yourself some headache down the road if you do. Trust me.
All in all, I highly recommend this product for your tank! You won't be disappointed!
Very happy with this purchase!! By Karrie on 3/26/2016Karrie would recommend this product to a friendI have a 50 gallon and am in the process of updating to a 110 gallon and needed something that would work for both. It is working wonderful at 30% for the 50 currently. I can watch the flow work its way around the entire aquarium. It is completely silent - I am so happy with my purchase!!