XF230 Gyre Pump with Controller (2300 GPH) - Maxspect

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XF230 Gyre Pump with Controller (2300 GPH) - Maxspect

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Quick Overview

Compatible with aquariums up to 1/2"

Max Flow 2300 GPH

The new family of Gyre pumps now come with an advanced controller that unleashes a whole new world of options. With the ability to connect up to multiple pumps for a sync or anti-sync relationship, customizable flow cycles, and much more! The Gyres crossflow technology allows for an evenly distributed flow that helps remove dead spots in the tank.

With the unique flow patterns of the Gyre pumps, you do not have to worry nearly as much about positioning and aquascaping design. The Gyres crossflow technology allows for a gentle, evenly distributed flow that considerably helps removes dead spots in the tank making them perfect for frag tanks, and shallow lagoon-style aquariums.

Recommended for aquariums up to 100+ gallons

  • Controls up to 2 individual Gyre pumps

  • Super-Silent magnetic mounting

  • Longer, more durable cable

  • 5 Different modes of flow

  • Customizable flow cycles

  • 6 Adjustable flow variables

  • Linear flow

  • Single rotor End Cap included


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Product Questions

Everybody's favourite question: Is it Apex Compatible??
Question by: Mike Nicosia on Dec 2, 2016 9:11:00 AM
Great question! Unfortunately, at this time this is not compatible with the Neptune Apex, however it is possible they will allow for connection in the future. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Dec 2, 2016 9:19:00 AM
I'm having trouble getting the best balance of flow in my 60 gallon (2'x2'x2') cube. Would this pump be too much horsepower for my size of tank?
Question by: Tanner on Jun 6, 2017 6:57:00 AM
I would actually say this pump would likely be a good fit for your tank. Your rockwork may affect the type of flow patterns you get, but generally with the controllability of this pump, you should be able to get good movement.

Happy reefing!
Answer by: Zack (Admin) on Jun 13, 2017 3:33:00 PM
How long is the cord from the controller and from the controller to the plug?
Question by: Brian Vinson on Jun 19, 2017 8:58:00 AM
Hey There,
Thanks for reaching out to us. The pump cord to the controller measures 10ft. and 5ft. from the controller to the wall.
Answer by: Jason Smith (Admin) on Jun 21, 2017 5:45:00 PM
Does the cord go in the water? A big thick ugly cord inside the tank would not be very attractive.
Question by: Robert Rainey on Jan 15, 2017 1:39:00 PM
Great question! Yes, there is a cord that connects the pump to the controller. It is going to be submerged and directly connected to the pump head. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jan 16, 2017 12:08:00 PM
Would this work on a FOWLR 210 Gallon Tank 72x24x30? Thinking of getting 2?
Question by: Frank Adamo on Dec 7, 2016 10:33:00 AM
Hey there! I would recommend doubling up on these pumps for your size of tank. That will help eliminate dead spots throughout the tank and give you varying laminar flows. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Dec 20, 2016 4:36:00 PM
What back-up battery can I use for this product? Can I control it wirelessly?
Question by: Timothy on Jan 9, 2017 11:59:00 AM
Great question! The IceCap Battery Backup will work with these pumps, however there is no wireless connectivity. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jan 10, 2017 11:47:00 AM

Full Details

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


What's Included

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.



11 Items

  • Love it By Dave on 5/6/2017

    Put it in my 55 to replace 3 Aqueon pumps and wow! Currently have it set to random 10-20% because otherwise it starts shifting sand. Fish are playing in the current, anemones are happier, and I'm happier. Was so impressed that I ordered an additional pump an hour after installing this one.(and I'm currently upgrading to a 280 and will need it) There is some noise I noticed while playing with it at higher settings, though not nearly as loud as others make it out to be. A lot quieter than the ocean we're trying to replicate... Just sayin
  • I can live with the noise! By Dave on 4/5/2017

    I 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 4/4/2017

    Pulled 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 3/30/2017

    Very 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 2/8/2017

    Moves 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 1/20/2017

    I 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 12/19/2016

    Very 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 12/12/2016

    Does 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 11/25/2016

    I 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 10/2/2016

    I 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 9/21/2016

    I 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.