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a good wave pattern, or do I need a MP1W0QD, as well as a MP10QD?
The Mp10QD pumps can push out quite a bit of flow. Having two pumps does have its benefits of needing less overall flow to keep dead spots to a minimum and the ability to change the direction of the flow. However for a smaller tank, you can easily get away with a single pump that is controllable. The biggest concern with a single pump is allowing water to flow back and forth instead of just a constant stream.
This certainly can work well! Keep in mind this work on glass up to .375" thick. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
The flow rates would work well however you will need to ensure the glass thickness is under 3/8" or the Vortechs will not mount. In many cases we are forced to use the MP40 due to the glass thickness being 1/2". Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
You can use a single mp10 on a 60 cube just fine! For ideal flow patterns you may add an extra pump to keep dead zones at bay. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
For an SPS dominant tank of that size we would suggest a minimum of two Mp10QD pumps to get it going. Then once the SPS starts to grow and branch out, you could easily find yourself needing one or two more to get flow everywhere throughout the tank depending on how much coral is in the tank, and the aquascape.
EcoTech VorTech QuietDrive Features:
In a reef aquarium, having the perfect amount of flow and water movement is crucial to the health of your animals, as well as the overall success of the tank. With the VorTech Quiet Drive, choosing the proper water circulation equipment has never been more simple. VorTech pumps are designed by aquarists to be the standard in wave-making technology:
- Create massive water movement - Adjustable flow rates with included controller allow you to dial in a setting that is tailored to your aquarium
- No hotspots - With its broad flow pattern, the VorTech QuietDrive eliminates "flow hot spots"
- Three dimensional flow - A unique patented design is unrivaled in creating three dimensional flow conditions and gyres
- Comprehensive flow modes - 12 different flow modes allow you to choose the best setting for happy corals and fish
- Ultra low-profile design - With its patented design, the VorTech QuietDrive is the least visually obtrusive pump on the market
- Safe - No electrical components in the aquarium greatly reduces the risk of elctrical shock to you, or your animals.
|VorTech QuietDrive Quick Compare|
|Pump||Wireless Communication?||Maximum Flow Rate||Tank Size||Maxiumum Tank Pane Thickness||Power Consumption|
|MP10QD||No||1,500+ GPH||2.5 to 50+ gallons||0.375 inches (9.5mm)||8 to 18 watts|
|MP10wQD||Yes||1,500+ GPH||2.5 to 50+ gallons||0.375 inches (9.5mm)||8 to 18 watts|
|MP40wQD||Yes||4,500+ GPH||50 to 500+ gallons||0.75 inches (19mm)||9 to 38 watts|
|MP60wQD||Yes||7,500+ GPH||120 to 1,000+ gallons||0.375 to 1.00 inches (9.5 to 26mm)||10 to 60 watts|
What’s in the box:
- VorTech QuietDrive Pump
- QuietDrive driver/controller
- Mounting hardware
- Power supply
Loud By Erik on 8/19/2016Erik wouldn't recommend this product to a friendBought this last week and straight out of the box it was incredibly loud. Gave it a few days to see if it quiet down. It didn't. I emailed ecotech with a video of the noises and they are sending me a new dry side. Functionally the pump is awesome all the different modes are great and it moves a lot of water for its size and it looks great in the tank. But for the money it's a little ridiculous this happened right out of the box. Plus the shipping service they use says it's going to take over a week to get me the new dry side. Guess I'll have to put up with that loud pump for week.
Should've been my FIRST pump By Todd on 5/23/2016Todd would recommend this product to a friendAs a new reefer, I "saved" money and went with cheaper eBay brands for my first two pumps. While they did an "ok" job they both lasted less than a year each before going caput. I finally made the investment for a Vortech based on their impeccable reputation in the reefing community. I'm glad I did, from the packaging to the build quality to the support this thing is TOP NOTCH. I'm now a customer for life.
Great product By Diane on 5/11/2016Diane would recommend this product to a friendbest pump I have owned.
Excellent product By Jim on 3/23/2016Jim would recommend this product to a friendGreat water movement nwithout a lot of unsightliness inside the tank. Would definitely buy again
You get what you pay for. By Kyler on 3/11/2016Kyler would recommend this product to a friendI had 2 cheap powerheads that i though was doing an alright job. I bit the bullet and bought one and wow it makes a difference. The build quality is great, and its a a million times better than the powerheads i had. I cant wait to buy another one to replace the others!
Strong & Low Profile By Morris on 3/1/2016Morris would recommend this product to a friendGot the MP10QD (not wireless) for my 29 gallon and of course it's more than enough flow for a tank that size. I like that the motor is on the outside of the tank, it's super strong and practically silent on most modes. It does however make a humming noise when I have it on wave mode, but nothing too loud. All in all, I'm very satisfied with the pump and would definitely recommend it as a main source of flow in a tank of the same or similar size as mine or as supplemental flow in a larger tank. Shout out to BRS on the delivery date, it got to me pretty quick and was on point.
Had my doubts at first, that has now changed By Alex on 2/15/2016Alex would recommend this product to a friendWhen I first got my MP10QD for my 38gallon and hooked it up according to how it's supposed to be setup. I noticed how loud the vibration sound of the impeller was. I could hear it from easily 30 feet away at full speed. This really concerned me and was not impressed at the $235 that I spent on it. I took apart the wet side and inspected everything to make sure nothing was uneven or out of place and everything was fine. So I read reviews of people having the similar problem. They recommended on running it at constant low speed for a few days and slowly increasing the speed by one notch every day or so. It has been one week later and the pump vibration has become undetectable over the existing protein skimmer sounds.
The powerhead itself is strong when at the highest setting and the different settings are nice but I can see them being utilized to the fullest when a second MP10QD is at the opposite side of the tank. It truly has already blown off plenty of my detritus from the sand and rocks when at it highest setting. I can tell that my corals are enjoying increased water flow. Is a little odd knowing that the wet side cannot be pointed in any particular direction except perpendicular with the glass but it is a clean look with I prefer at the end of the day.
Great little pump By Svet on 12/20/2015Svet would recommend this product to a friendGot my MP10QD a week ago and installed it in my fusion 40. Pump gives plenty of flow and has numerous settings to choose from. It is very quiet like a buzz from a bee when you are right next to it. A bit pricey but a quality product which keeps it price and easily upgradable to wireless version in case you need a 2nd to work in sync as well.
Quiet and efficient. By Surfking61 on 12/15/2015Surfking61 would recommend this product to a friendThe MP10 is very quiet and uses power very effectively. It has some nice modes to play around
with and really moves water in my 30 nano tank. The only downside initially is the high cost. I am
really liking it so far. Be interesting to see if it holds up under the continuous work load. Caution is needed when using the wave mode. It puts a lot of stress on the seams of a tank. A must have if you can afford to part with the extra money.
Easy to Install and Runs Quiet By Michael on 10/8/2015Michael would recommend this product to a friendI've had this pump installed on my 28g cube for a couple of days now and I really like it so far. Installation is pretty easy to do with the included instructions, but if you're at a loss check out ecotech's online videos for help. I was impressed with the multiple control modes as well as the quiet operation of the unit.
Great so far By Brett on 8/20/2015Brett would recommend this product to a friendDefinitely worth the premium over other brands. Not saying other brands aren't worth their salt ;-) just saying the extra you pay for the quality and added features makes it fun
Good, but not perfect By Rolf on 6/29/2015Rolf would recommend this product to a friendA bit pricey, but worth it for my 25 g cube. Vast improvement over my original 2 small koralia's, although it's not really a fair comparison. I find the controller's "fit and finish" a bit weak, and I did have the wet side fall off into my tank (dry side stayed put) last night, but I'm hoping that's a one time thing. The program modes are great, just wish I wold have sprung the little extra for the "w" version because I just ordered an Apex controller... Regardless, would by again with little hesitation.