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In most cases when choosing a powerhead, you will look into a bulky and intrusive propeller style powerhead that leaves dead spots in corners and makes you limited in coral placement due to the sheer force of the flow they need to produce. The Gyre pumps use crossflow technology to help evenly distribute the current throughout the tank without creating a single concentrated point of flow. Since the sheet of water that it produces makes a "gyre" flow pattern that is very efficient and gentle giving you more coral placement and aquascaping options. The design of the Gyre body and silent suspension mounting system keeps the entire package very low profile and super quiet.
The new Advanced Gyre Controller now lets you couple up to two Gyre pumps together off a single power supply. The two connected pumps can run in sync, anti-sync, or a couple of other modes giving you more control over the output. It now also lets you set a full 24-hour flow cycle without the need to connect to a third party controller.
If you choose not to set your own custom flow cycle, Maxspect also expertly programmed a couple of 24-hour cycles, like Lunar Tidal Cycle (LTC) or the Oceanic Gyre Cycle (OGC). On top of all of that Maxspect added new flow patterns too, like Random and Gradual Pulsing mode in addition to the traditional Constant, Pulse, and Alternating Gyre modes.
Gyre XF230 Specifications:
- Dimension - 10" L x 2.95" W x 1.57" H
- Weight - 1.4 lbs
- Flow Rate - up to 2300 GPH
- Power Consumption - 8w - 35w
- Cable Length - 10 ft (controller to pump) 5 ft (power supply to controller)
- Min Aquarium Volume - 20 Gallons
- Max Aquarium Volume - 100+ Gallons*
Power Supply Specifications:
- Model - GM85-360200-F
- Input Voltage - 100/240vAC 50/60Hz
- Output Voltage - 24vDC 3A
- Weight - 0.7 lbs
1x XF230 Gyre pump
1x Magnetic mount
1x Advanced Controller
1x Controller mount
1x Power supply
1x Set of spare rotors
1x Set of directional cages
1x Set of snail screens
1x End Cap
Maxspect Controller/Pump Compatibility Chart
|Name||XF-230 Controller||XF-250 Controller||XF-280 Controller|
|XF-130 Gyre Pump||Yes||No||No|
|XF-230 Gyre Pump||Yes||No||No|
|XF-150 Gyre Pump||No||Yes||No|
|XF-250 Gyre Pump||No||Yes||No|
|XF-180 Gyre Pump||No||No||Yes|
|XF-280 Gyre Pump||No||No||Yes|
*Maximum aquarium volume may require multiple Gyre pumps to create desired flow rate. In most cases, it is best to install multiple smaller powerheads over a single larger to create flow in various directions and patterns.
I can live with the noise! By Dave on 4/5/2017Dave would recommend this product to a friendI have two of these on a 75 gallon reef tank. No dead spots anywhere in the tank. I use the pre-programmed OGC cycle and it's amazing. Only issue is noise above 40%. Very loud for an internal pump. Maybe it will get quieter as it breaks in but in any case the even spread of the flow is worth a little noise to me! You won't get better flow from an ecotech.
Loud pump, pushes a lot of water! By Jason on 4/4/2017Jason would recommend this product to a friendPulled the MP40wQD off my Red Sea Reefer 250 and replaced it with the gyre 230. Gyre works better in my tank, but it is loud. Opened a ticket with coralvue and they said "it needs to break in and give it time for bacteria to form on the pump". It's been well over a month now and still the loudest part of my system. Lookup Pelphrey on YouTube, did a full video comparing the gyre 230 to the mp40wqd.
Very powerful By Mike C. on 3/30/2017Mike C. would recommend this product to a friendVery happy with this product so far, Circulation is great!! It has replaced 4 power heads that I had in my 65G. I will be purchasing another to utilize the A & B pump feature to get more out of the systems custom programming. I have had no noise issues with the pump itself, just with the amount of surface water noise because of the power of the pump. I have dialed it in and made some adjustments and now its good.
Moves water but loud By Zack on 2/8/2017Zack wouldn't recommend this product to a friendMoves a lot of water but definitely the loudest thing in my tank. Spend the extra and get the mp40.
Realy moves some water! By GEORGE on 1/20/2017GEORGE would recommend this product to a friendI replaced two powerheads that were blowing sand away no matter where they were aimed with this. I'm amazed at the water this moves in my 75g display without disturbing anything on the bottom, at only 50 percent power in pulse mode. I don't know if I got a good one but, my pump can hardly be heard up close with no break in. So far really happy with it. It spreads out the water movement without concentrating it one spot.
Powerful By Gyre on 12/19/2016Gyre would recommend this product to a friendVery powerful. Haven't had it on for a long time but like it so far. Let's see how long it lasts. So far, so good.
great By kecked on 12/12/2016kecked would recommend this product to a friendDoes what it should. Excellent compared to last version. NOISY! HOPING IT BREAKS IN QUIET.
My previous generation is dead quiet.
Worried at first By Zachary on 11/25/2016Zachary would recommend this product to a friendI installed my Gyre 230 right when I got it. The directions are mildly confusing but that could have been due to my initial excitement of installing it. When I first installed the pump on my 60 gallon cube it was on 50%. There was a buzzing noise that I could hear at 30 feet away do I bumped it down to 30%. I could still hear the noise, I started getting worried but I decided to let it sit over night and I was happily surprised the next morning it was gone. When I bumped it to 40% the noise returned and went away after three hours. I'm unsure if this is normal so I'm going to call the manufacturer. Add of right now I'm alright with this product, it's moving water splendidly.
I will give an update when I learn more.
best flow of any pump By Mike on 10/2/2016Mike would recommend this product to a friendI have two of these pumps on my nuvo 40 and I'm thrilled with the results. I found these pumps to be very versatile and appear to be of very high quality. I also like the added value with how nicely these pumps can scale from small to large tanks (the 230 can be split in half for smaller tanks.)
As David mentioned in his review there is some noise when the pump operates above 50% power. However in my application they are far below 50% and completely silent.
This thing is Noisy! By David on 9/21/2016David wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI love the circulation this gives in my Reefer 250 (36x21 inches). But it is noisy. I've tried both recommended mounting positions, and both produce lots of noise. The quality is okay, but not up to the standards of an Ecotech product. I will be replacing this product with something much quieter. Despite the excellent water circulation, I would not recommend this product due to the noise.