Don't Waste Time on other Pumps By Greg on 8/11/2014
Greg would recommend this product to a friend
A friend tried to convince me that I wanted Exotechs but I rebelled and went with a Tunze. Don't get me wrong. The Tunze is a great pump and will be working in a new FOWLR I'm building. For a reef though the MPs are amazing. An MP10 on one and end an MP40 on the other of my 90G works wonders with the water. The randomness of the program keeps rock and sand clear. I can even see that behind the rock is staying clean. Add an Apex and it's just that much better.
My only complaint is that they are louder than the Tunze. It's certainly not unbearable but it's there.
MP40w ES IS ABOVE THE REST. By Danny on 7/31/2014
Danny would recommend this product to a friend
This pump will out perform any other with ease. The undertow it creates keeps my sandbed clean without disturbing it. I control mine with my reef link and it is very easy to adjust the flow & patterns with my ipad using Ecotech Marine's app. They are worth every penny.
Very nice pump By Marc on 7/20/2014
Marc would recommend this product to a friend
Purchased this pump to improve my water flow. It does a GREAT job. The only issue is that it does get a bit loud sometimes, but still very happy with my purchase.
Piling On... By Eric on 7/3/2014
Eric would recommend this product to a friend
I hate to sound like every other reviewer on here, but this pump is absolutely amazing!
My tank is only a few months old and had been running from day one with two Hydor Koralia 1500 GPH powerbeads. Decided that, before I go all reef crazy, I should upgrade to something that provides a bit more dynamic flow, I should replace them with a Vortech MP40 so I ordered one, took it home and installed it in place of both Koralias. I fired it up and was astounded at the amount of garbage it blew out of the live rock and off the substrate!
The pump itself is remarkably quiet considering the motor isn't under water, it's easy to program, easy to clean and much less of an eyesore than other powerbeads I've tried. In fact, I love it so much, I just ordered a second MP40 so I can take full advantage of the capabilities of these remarkable pumps and I can go all SPS crazy with my tank.
Top notch! By Brooks on 6/30/2014
Brooks would recommend this product to a friend
Had some basic marine land powerbeads and no comparison! These things are built to last! Easy to install and program to my Apex WXM. Got two 40W's. Was a bit concerned due to the high cost but its well worth the investment. The Apex has some real nice programs for setting the MP40's.
best wavemaker By Mario on 6/9/2014
Mario would recommend this product to a friend
Put off buying these pumps because of cost. I wish I never waited this long. Spent more money in the long run purchasing other pumps. Have my pair connected wireless to my Apex which makes programming much easier than holding buttons down on controller that it comes with. Great water movement on a 72" long aquarium. I've read comments on pump being loud. I just made sure my wet side was lined up with my dry side and vibration sound basically went away.
Extremely powerful By Chris on 5/28/2014
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
Very powerful pump. teamed with a Apex the flow is very customizable. They are considerably larger than the MP10's, but much stronger. Would definitely buy more of them if I had a need.
Top Notch By Chris on 5/16/2014
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
One of these pumps out performed all three of the pumps combined i had in the tank previously. Installation is a breeze, and they very little visual space in the display.
Wetside is a crap quality garbage By Jerry on 5/10/2014
Jerry wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I bought a VorTech MP40W a couple weeks ago from BulkReefSupply.com. The device is brand new with manufacture date Feb 17, 2014.
Today I was trying to set it up. I know it will be noisy, but the worst story comes. The entire wetside part stuck from running. The magnet in the wetside assembly keeps grinding the plastic cap. I opened the wetside assembly, and found that the axis of the wetside is not even stable. The magnet disk keeps shaking and touches the back plastic cap, eventully grinned it and stuck. Now the funny thing is, after a few times of retry, it seems the plastic is melted and stick together with the magnet disk. I could not even open the wetside assembly now.
I will call BulkReefSupply and VorTech on Monday to find out why. This whole thing stopped working in less than 2 minutes of operation, not even touch the water. What a crap.
Expensive, But Nothing Else Like It. By Chris on 5/4/2014
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
$465 is ALOT of money for a pump, almost too much for me, but I made the plunge about a year ago and I can say now I believe they are worth every penny.
Vortechs really shine when you have them hooked up to a aquarium controller such as Ecotech's Reeflink or a Neptune Apex. I would encourage anyone considering one of these to also pickup one of those as well. Adjusting the modes automatically throughout the day to change around the flow patterns has really helped my SPS dominant tank. There is a small learning curve with the programming but it is time well spent. I couldn't imagine going back to static on/off type powerheads.
I liked the first one so much I recently added a second MP40 for the opposite side of my 120.
This pump rocks! By Chris on 4/30/2014
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
It will send a wave across a 6 foot tank, it's a challenge to program, the service is near perfect, all in all best pump hands down. That said, if you have anything dumb enough to swim into this, your going to loose him.....
The foam covers are cheap/worthless and until Vortech comes out with something better watch out for your inverts!
Pricey but Fantastic By Shane on 4/30/2014
Shane would recommend this product to a friend
The MP40 is a fantastic pump - but pricey. Like most folks, I have a pair of them so they can work off of each other. Very solid build - highly recommend a single or a set of these to folks that have descent sized tanks and like a lot of flow. Be careful with your sand size.
Vortech MP40w ES By gary on 4/30/2014
gary would recommend this product to a friend
This is a very nice pump that has many features and boy does it move some water !!!! I would highly recommend this unit, your corals and fish will love you for it !
Best money spent By David on 4/30/2014
David would recommend this product to a friend
I bought two of these and man they are awesome. They move water like nothing else. After you buy them, you won't think twice about the price.
Well worth the money!!! By Michael on 4/30/2014
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
I put off going to these for a long time because of the cost. If I would have bought these to start I would have actually spent less. the wave function is incredible. 2 will make a 1" standing wave in a 6' tank. 1 will handle anything 4' and if your tank is under 4 feet look at mp10's. the flow rate is misleading because it is such a huge push of a wall of water instead if a stream. my frogspawn just sort of wave back and forth in the flow with the pumps set at a little more than half.
Excellent Wave Maker By Siloex on 4/30/2014
Siloex would recommend this product to a friend
I think this is the Ferrari of all wave makers. Unbelievable movement and a whole slew of options at your disposal. The thing even has a calm mode to simulate night conditions. This is a little on the expensive side but you definitely get what you pay for with this product.
LOVE IT By TUBA on 4/30/2014
TUBA would recommend this product to a friend
SHOULD'VE BOUGHT THIS A LONG TIME AGO, NOW I HAVE 4 AQUA CLEAR POWERHEADS LAYING AROUND COLLECTING DUST. THIS THING REALLY DOES A GREAT JOB MOVING WATER THROUGHOUT THE TANK.
The only power head I will EVER buy By Heinz on 4/30/2014
Heinz would recommend this product to a friend
There are times to try and save money and buy a cheaper alternative but this IS NOT one of them. These pumps are well thought out designed extremely well and have an awesome set of built in programs. It is unobtrusive taking up very little space on the side of the tank; I like to look at my reef not my pumps stretching out into the middle of my tank. They are quiet I have a 75 gallon tank in the bed room and the last thing you need at night is a noisy pump cycling. Save up if you need to but DO NOT buy anything else. For a 75 gallon tank you will need a MP40W ES and a MP10W ES.
Incredible pump By Tom on 4/30/2014
Tom would recommend this product to a friend
I debated buying this for weeks because of the cost. I can honestly say I was so impressed with the 1st one I purchased a 2nd. The really bring the tank to life. NTM keeps the water, rocks, and sand bed clean. Customer service is top notch. I can create up to a 2.5" wave in my 90. Configuration was easy, Only wish that it would integrate with my RKE. Yes they are expensive, but well worth it =).
The Best By Todd on 4/30/2014
Todd would recommend this product to a friend
I started out with an MP 20 but as soon as the ecosmart Driver came out I upgraded the driver and power supply and now have an MP40 W es . I cant say enough about what this thing has done for my SPS Reef.
My Millepora looks like Cousin It and all my others look fantastic and growing like weeds.
Not to mention the battery backup giving me the security to leave my house for a few days for a trip.
None Better By Corey on 4/30/2014
Corey would recommend this product to a friend
Solid pumps inside and out. Wave drivers are very easy to setup and configure. These pumps have a lot of power, I have to turn them down on my 150 tall to keep the sand on the bottom in place. I love these pumps. They don't come cheap, but quality rarely does.
Well worth the coin! By KCRdwing on 4/30/2014
KCRdwing would recommend this product to a friend
These pumps are amazing! Already thinking about adding a couple of the MP10's to the back of the tank.
Awesome Pump By Jarod on 4/30/2014
Jarod would recommend this product to a friend
I love the settings for my aquarium. The pump can actually push more water than my aquarium can handle. If you buy one of these at setup you could arrange your rock to maximize its efficiency.
WOW !! By maria on 4/30/2014
maria would recommend this product to a friend
Could have save a lot of time and money if I had just bought this first. Wasted a lot of time and money trying to get the proper flow. These are perfect right out of the box. In five minutes you have all the flow you'll ever need.
forget the rest and buy the best By Julian on 4/30/2014
Julian would recommend this product to a friend
Wave action... need I say more.
What else can you say... By Chris on 4/30/2014
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
These pumps are awesome. Love the wireless communication with my Radions. The flexibility to make these pumps do exactly what you need is unprecedented. Plus they look great doing it. Little pricey, but a must have for every reef junkey.
Great Product By Sean on 4/30/2014
Sean would recommend this product to a friend
What can I say about this powerhead that hasn't already been said. It's an excellent product that works. The cost is high, but I replaced 4 other powerheads with it and I am getting much better flow.
The best purchase I have made for my tank By Aaron on 4/30/2014
Aaron would recommend this product to a friend
This pump is outstanding. I no longer have any algae growth in my main display. All of the detritus is swept up by it's variable speeds and ends up where it belongs, in my sump/ skimmer.
No other pump even remotely compares.
As far as the noise, I can only hear it when it goes above 75%, and it's more of a gentle whur. My overflow is much louder so it does not bother me.
The "EGG McMUFFIN" of pumps! By SKIDOG on 4/30/2014
SKIDOG would recommend this product to a friend
Quickly. They are AWESOME. You see those beautiful tanks on the internet. This is ALOT of their success. My tank went from ""nice" to "INCREDIBLE" after 12 hours of running 2 MP40s. I have a 90gal. I think ECOTECH MARINE shouldn't charge as much for them is the ONLY reason I put 4 stars for value. Don't get me wrong, they are still worth EVERY PENNY! If you have any doubts listen, I held off for quite awhile but now I KNOW I should have PULLED the TRIGGER on this purchase along time ago! 5 STARS PRODUCT!
spendy but the best always is By nathan on 4/30/2014
nathan would recommend this product to a friend
1st this pump is to much 400 would be much better (which is why i gave it a 4 in value) with that said i still bought 2 with battery back up and absolutely will never buy anything else. you can do so much with this pump, and the peace of mind you get if the power goes out is very nice.i have heard of a few people complain about the noise but i must say it isn't that bad, don't get me wrong they are far from silent but what do you expect the motor is on the outside of the tank
Yikes By Mike on 4/30/2014
Mike would recommend this product to a friend
Even though this wireless pump is not wireless (except apparently with one exception that's useless unless you have more than one), is kind of noisy at its highest settings, and is obviously expensive, I love it. I have never seen a product have such a pronounced effect on livestock in the tank. Even the freaking fish are enjoying the "reef crest" flow mode, and the elegance in the middle of my tank has expanded impressively within a few hours. It's a snap to install and use. Looks like I can remove the other clunky powerheads I was using and eliminate the clutter without any problem. And while I can hear it whirring at the higher flow rates, it does not bother me at all. I think the MP40 is a better choice for a 75 reef compared to a single MP10. Even at full blast in reef crest mode, it's not overpowering. I have it dialed back to about 70% and that seems to do the trick.
AMAZING PUMPS By William on 4/30/2014
William would recommend this product to a friend
These pumps are by far the most amazing pump on the market. The ability to adjust the flow and the variety of flow programs is outstanding. They are well worth every penny you spend for them. They are well styled and do not take up a lot of space inside the tank. I give my highest reccomendation for these pumps.
awesome By andrew on 4/30/2014
andrew would recommend this product to a friend
The pump is well made and makes the tank look great. it moves so much water around in my 75g.
Pretty Good but By john on 4/30/2014
john would recommend this product to a friend
The unit gets out of balance and then noisy. In my opinion after using this and tunze top unit the taam Polario is way better if you have a large tank. The water is pushed everywhere and no noise at the top of a center overflow it is hardly seen.
Only 170.00 ! But it is a large soda can size so under 150 gallon mabe too big.
cutting edge, this is the frontier of pump technology By joshua on 4/30/2014
joshua would recommend this product to a friend
With its endless features and unmistakable performance, this pump is by far the best thing on the market.... So I bought TWO!! Although one can be run on a system, I'd recommend getting at least two, one at each end to tak full advantage that the programmed modes have to offer. The sleek look of only the wetside being exposed in the tank is great, no bulk or wires in your display, and the ingenious power transfer through the glass is nothing short of a breakthrough. A+ Ecotech!
bad bad bad By reefer10 on 4/30/2014
reefer10 wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
this pump is cheeply made crap so mad i spent 460 on it its so loud i hate to hear it and everytime im in bed its all i can hear and think about im gonna take it out to the range and use it sor taget practice and then ship it back DONT wast ur money !!!!
Powerful, Programable and Pricey By Geoffrey on 4/30/2014
Geoffrey would recommend this product to a friend
I use the MP40w and two MP10w VorTech's in my 90 gallon reef tank. I can get the water flowing anyway I want. I prefer the tidal surge mode on two pumps and a constant fast mode on the MP10w positioned at the bottom of my tank. I have owned them for a year without any issues.
Great pumps, but no consensus on which pump combinations to buy By Laura on 4/30/2014
Laura would recommend this product to a friend
I bought 2 mp40s & an mp 10 for my 95 gallon build (per Vortech rep recommendation), a nd had to return 1 mp40. I would have had to run all pumps at 25% to prevent everything from blowing all over the place! Still, great pumps.
good product but expensive By Benjamin on 4/30/2014
Benjamin would recommend this product to a friend
I bought 2 of these pumps 1 year ago and had not any problems. They are a bit noisy, and also have many features such as wave maker, feed mode, which offset the slight noise they produce.
A Great addition to your investment By Micah on 4/30/2014
Micah would recommend this product to a friend
THIS IS A GREAT POWER-HEAD like its advertised small footprint fully controllable great flow and under flow little to no noise ect... I like the fact that it can be sync with radion led fixtures and an option of a backup battery in case of power fails. My only gripe is the cost, but I am a firm believer of you get what you pay for, so worth the investment...
highly recomend By Jeremy on 4/30/2014
Jeremy would recommend this product to a friend
I love this thing wish i had money for another one. I have it in a 120 gal with 2 other small power heads and if i run it over 50% i have a sand storm, It moves alot of water. highly recomend but i think they are overpriced but they run excellent.
Worht It By Jeffrey on 4/30/2014
Jeffrey would recommend this product to a friend
All in all this is a very nice piece of equipment to invest in. Plenty of movement when its not on full power. An it looks so much cleaner in the tank the other poweheads
It does move water... By Matt on 4/30/2014
Matt would recommend this product to a friend
It does move water, but it's flimsy, inflexible and over-priced. Having the motor outside the tank is a gimmick IMO and just looks ugly on the outside of the tank and creates potential for the pump "wet side" to be knocked (torqued) off into your corals or rocks if the pump jams for any reason. Don't skimp on the sticky pads to hold the cord on the outside of the tank for the same reason.
This pump will flow an area about 2' x 3' depending on your rock and coral layout.
Need earmuffs By Justin on 4/30/2014
Justin wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
The flow is amazing but it comes at a huge price(the noise). The pump has been broken in and setup correctly but the noise is still unbearable. I will be returning the pump and getting a Tunze.
If noise is not a concern, this is the pump to get. I did noticed a difference in my tank within 2 days.
Great pump By Garcastle on 4/30/2014
Garcastle would recommend this product to a friend
Great pump, actually FUN to use. With all the work we have to do for our tanks, it's nice to have a toy every once in awhile that is a joy to use. Can't wait to buy a second and have them work together
Great purchase... By joseph on 4/30/2014
joseph would recommend this product to a friend
The MP40w ES was one of the best purchases I have made. I have 2 running on my 90 callon.
The Best!!! By wallace on 4/30/2014
wallace would recommend this product to a friend
This is the best pump hands down. I was worried when I decided to buy it because I had heard that they were loud. I can tell you that mine is quiet!! Noticed a big difference in the polups on my acros the first 5 hours.
Nicely designed By Waterart on 4/30/2014
Waterart would recommend this product to a friend
I have been impressed with the pair of MP40's that I purchased. Only down side is they can be tricky to configure. But, besides that, I have been pleased.