XF230 Gyre Pump with Controller (2300 GPH) - Maxspect

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XF230 Gyre Pump with Controller (2300 GPH) - Maxspect

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SKU: 210333

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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

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


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 Yes
XF-250 Gyre Pump No Yes Yes
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.



3 Items

  • 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.