VorTech MP40wQD QuietDrive Propeller Pump - EcoTech Marine

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VorTech MP40wQD QuietDrive Propeller Pump - EcoTech Marine

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Quick Overview

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

  • No hotspots

  • Three dimensional flow

  • Comprehensive flow modes

  • Ultra low-profile design

  • Safe


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Product Questions

How many would you recommend on a 60x24x24 sized tank.

Could I get by with one a a mostly LPS dominant tank?
Question by: Jay McGahan on Dec 2, 2016 8:42:00 AM
Great question! Two of these pumps would be perfect for your tank! :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Dec 2, 2016 8:43:00 AM
I have a 24x24x24 cube which powerhead would be the best fit Ecotech or Maxspect gyre and which one?
Question by: Ryan Espinoza on Apr 24, 2016 11:06:00 PM
Great question!
Both will work well! The Mp40 as a low profile easy to use features with no cables in the aquarium. The Gyre if you are looking for the unique gyre flow across the entire tank. Both will suit your needs perfectly! (The xf130 would be a great fit)
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 27, 2016 2:26:00 PM
What are the dimensions of the dry side component?
Question by: Chris Beltzner on Apr 11, 2016 11:22:00 PM
Great question!
The Diameter is 3" and the thickness is 2.25". Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 14, 2016 5:24:00 PM
I have a 300 gallon 8 ft long peninsula tank. I was thinking of getting 2 mp40's and wondering if this will be enough to move the water from one end and back as I plan to have both pumps on the end that is against the wall instead of one on each end.
Question by: Lori Willis on Jan 14, 2016 7:18:00 AM
Hey there!
With the MP40 they would tend to be a little small for the 8' length you will be needing. Overall you will need an option such as the MP60 to get the correct flow across the full length of the tank. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jan 14, 2016 3:06:00 PM
I have a tunze 6055 and would like to mix it with either an mp40 or mp10 for circulation on my 65 gallon (36x18x24)mixed reef. Would the mp 10 be enough or would I need to get the mp40?
Question by: Clay Wilcox on Mar 19, 2016 11:53:00 AM
Great question!
An additional MP10 would be a great fit for a 65 gallon tank! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 21, 2016 11:39:00 AM
Is the product 220-240v compatible?
Question by: Zachary on Jan 16, 2016 9:11:00 AM
Great question!
We are only aware of the products designed for use in North America. For voltage specific products you can contact the manufacturer directly to see if they have an international market available.
EcoTech Marine – 610-954-8480 service@ecotechmarine.com
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jan 26, 2016 5:25:00 PM
Will one MP40xQD be enough for my 125 gallon mixed reef tank (72" wide).
Question by: Jason Eddy on May 11, 2016 7:49:00 PM
Great question!
One Mp40 could work to great enough flow at a higher output however the flow pattern will be limited. We recommend two or at least another pump to break up the flow and eliminate dead zones. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 12, 2016 4:21:00 PM
I'm planning on getting a 220 gallon tank will the MP40wQD be enough?
Question by: Tony Bily on May 11, 2016 9:36:00 PM
Great question!
Two of the MP40's would be a fantastic option for a 220 gallon tank. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 16, 2016 9:24:00 PM
I have a 24x24x24 cube. I think my flow needs would be somewhere on the high end of the MP 10 and the low end of the MP 40. I would like the powerhead to be very quiet. Will I see much difference in the noise of these two pumps with the MP10 running high power or the MP 40 at low power?
Question by: Gregory Butner on Nov 8, 2016 1:23:00 PM
Great question! With the newest QuietDrive technology from EcoTech Marine, both of these pumps are extremely quiet! As far as flow requirements for your cube, I would recommend the MP40s over the MP10s. It is a nice feature that you can dial down the flow of the MP40s rather than hope the MP10s will be enough at full power, better yet, they will grow with you for a future tank upgrade! ;-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Nov 8, 2016 6:49:00 PM
I have a 72 gallon bow front mixed reef tank. How many powerbeads do i need? Is one mp40 good enough, two mp10s? two mp40s?
Question by: Jeff on Feb 24, 2016 3:05:00 PM
Great question!
Overall 2 powerheads can create more unique flow in the aquarium which may be the deciding factor. We would recommedn 2 MP10's as long as the glass thickness is 3/8" or under. If the glass is thicker you may need the MP40. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 24, 2016 3:09:00 PM
These say they have a night time mode, is that setting achieved manually?
Can the Reeflink be programed to control the night mode it so it goes on/off automatically so I don't have to do it.
If the Reeflink can be programed to control the pump and you hit feed mode does it go back to the program after the feed mode time is up?
Question by: Melanie on Feb 1, 2016 8:47:00 AM
Great question!
The night mode will trigger and last for a set amount of time if manually programmed to do so per the instructions. The same will go for the feed mode. In Reef link you will be able to further program the settings to turn on and off at specific times or after the original feed mode has been set. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 17, 2016 4:16:00 PM
Is the mp40qd apex compatible? Assuming I have the wxm module?
Question by: Heidi Clark on Mar 11, 2016 9:19:00 AM
Great question!
The MP40 QD is compatible with the WXM module for the apex. All Mp40's will come with the wireless chip installed. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 11, 2016 9:25:00 AM
Is this just a single pump or two? I have a 72"x24"x24" 180 gl tank. Will one pump be sufficient?
Question by: Mark Steffen on Jul 23, 2016 1:11:00 AM
Hi Mark,
The Ecotech MP40WQD pumps are sold individually. On a 180g tank, as a reef tank you would want to get at least two pumps since one most likely won’t be able to provide flow once the rock and corals are added. By having two pumps, you can truly create random flow from multiple directions. We find having a single flow direction can actually hinder coral growth and lead to some un-natural growth patterns as well.
Answer by: Charlie (Admin) on Jul 24, 2016 10:53:00 AM
I have a older oceanic 210 aquarium. Being that its a oceanic, it 3/4 inch glass. Would a mp40 still work thru it?
Question by: Dustin on Nov 2, 2016 9:22:00 PM
Hey Dustin,
The Vortech Mp40 pumps will work on glass thicknesses of 3/16′′ – 3/4′′. This will work just fine.
Answer by: Jason Smith (Admin) on Nov 8, 2016 7:24:00 AM
Will the new wireless qd pumps communicate with the previous generation wireless pumps?
Question by: Thomas German on Jan 3, 2017 6:44:00 PM
Great question! The wireless communication will work for all EcoTech products, old and new, as long as they have "wireless" RF Chip installed. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jan 11, 2017 1:29:00 PM

Full Details

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.  The all new Vortech MP40W QD features a redesigned wet side, dry side, motor, power supply, and driver.  With the VorTech QuietDrive, 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
  • Spacers
  • Mounting hardware
  • Power supply



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  • Good, but doesn't last long By Andrew on 4/20/2017

    Very quiet and worked well for about 18 months then died. I've had 2 Vectra M1 die as well in the last couple of years - not sure this QD technology is up to the task.
  • Best I've owned By Chris on 4/1/2017

    These things are almost totally silent. At 100% I can't hear them from 2 feet away. They move a lot of water but it's in a more broad path than the cheaper competition. I don't feel like I need to aim them to move water through the whole tank. I like how easy I can take the wet side out for cleaning. The stock controllers are a pain though. Using a WXM of Reeflink would be a must.
  • great By Jeremy on 2/27/2017

    quiet.powerful.slick design, with no wire inside the tank.con...can not swivel the head to aim at other areas like some power heads can.
  • Excellent. By Brian on 2/15/2017

    Been running one on my 120 for 2 weeks. Shockingly quiet. Components look and feel high end. You pay for it though. Once the guilt wears off for justifying this purchase, I'll probably buy another for the opposite end. They are awesome :)
  • Only pump I'll buy from now on By Golden Pond on 1/14/2017

    Can't believe how great this pump is. No other pump compares not even a Gyre for flow.
  • Wetside is easily broken. By Robert on 12/5/2016

    I replaced a wetside on a less than 2 month old MP40wQD. I chose to replace it because I wasn't sure if I caused the damage. Last night I took the wetside off to clean the cover and the assembly. Dropped it in the sink and....you guessed it.

    There is a very thin ceramic shimmy between the magnet of the impeller and the base of the housing. This thing breaks into pieces if not handled carefully.

    My four stars is based on this and the fact that if I set the speed to more than 50%, the temperature in my aquarium raises (but less than a degree). I would have subtracted two more stars if it weren't for the fact that I dropped the wetside in the sink.

    Great concept, but for this amount of bucks, it ought to withstand some mishandling.
  • $$ Expensive nice pump $$ By TWang on 10/31/2016

    This pump is awesome! I really like it. Great flow, quiet and very easy to clean. No more dealing with wires during cleaning makes my life easier. I do think it is rather expensive and you cannot angle the pump. I liked it so much i bought two more. My corals are super happy but not my wallet.
  • Should have got these along time ago !!! By Chad on 10/16/2016

    When I put these in my 125 and switched them to "Nutrient Transport Mode" the live rock just started releasing all kinds of detritus.
    The water column was filled with all kinds of debris and the filter socks were packed within a day."Using the BRS felt socks another awesome product" Was kind of alarming at how much stuff was in there to be honest.
    Very happy with these pumps. So much so that Im getting 2 MP10s for the back wall to further enhance the circulation in the tank.

  • Absolutely Fantastic! By Mark Steffen on 8/14/2016

    After weeks of reseach I decided on this pump for everything it offers and the others don't. My 180 gallon tank is 6 feet long and it easily powers through the tank with ease. The mode that stirs up waste in the tank and into the overflow is invaluable to keeping debris out of the tank. The powerhead is so quiet you can't hear it at all. Highly recommended!
  • didnt last very long... By joe on 6/9/2016

    I have 2 of these in the older version with white driver module. Suddenly, one went out completely and the other one went into some crazy error-code flashing with red and blue. Powering off and then on seems to restart it, but im very skeptical. Its a bummer because I went all in for their system of 3 Radion XP30 pro, the reeflink, battery backup for Vortechs, 2 MP40's and a radion 15 for my frag tank. The first XR15 radion didn't work right out of the box. Again, great marketing and C-service but their product engineers or QA guys are not the best.
  • nice upgrade from the old MP40wES By bfrench on 6/4/2016

    I was previously running two MP40wES pumps on my 140T reef tank. They worked wonderfully, the spin up for the motor was audible though, but my tank is in my office about 5 feet from my chair. Just installed one of the new MP40wQDs and all I can say is WOW! It's almost silent. I have to have my ear right next to the dry side to hear the motor spin up. Also they changed the design of the dry side so no more fiddling with the pegs on the rubber spacer. The wet side design has been changed as well. Verdict is still out on that for the moment. I like the older version as it had about 15-20% of the impeller shielded on one side which allowed for placement closer to the sand bed. Time will tell if these new pumps can be placed as close to the bottom of the tank as the old ones. Overall I'm ecstatic about the new model.

    I'm not sure who the other customers spoke with at ecotech support, but I have never had a negative interaction with them. They're top notch, you quickly get to speak to a human being who is in the US and understands their product. I would highly recommend ecotech.
  • Not Happy By David on 5/30/2016

    I usually don't bother w negative reviews but I think I have no choice. Most (I assume) buy high end products because we simply have no time for silly set-back re equipment (especially when you are paying top $). 1.) I unplugged my Radion to put a simple label on it, re-plugged it in and got the red lights of doom. 2.) after only 6 mo's my MP40 took a nose dive while running in a pretty low mode. 3.) I have Reef Link that I have to re-boot CONSTANTLY! My suspension it that it kicks you off because their servers can't handle the bandwidth bu who knows...
    All in all super disappointed, BIG marketing, GREAT customer service BUT equipment that talks a big talk and can't walk the walk. Really bummed...