XF250 Gyre Pump with Controller (5300 GPH) - Maxspect

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XF250 Gyre Pump with Controller (5300 GPH) - Maxspect

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Quick Overview

Compatible with aquariums up to 3/4"

Max Flow 5300 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 800+ 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


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Product Questions

I already bought two gyre 150f 3 months ago can the new gyre link with the older ones?
Question by: Phand on Sep 16, 2016 7:56:00 AM
Hey Phand,
The previous generation XF150 pumps are only compatible with this controller. You cannot use XF130 pumps on this controller.
Answer by: Jason Smith (Admin) on Sep 16, 2016 9:21:00 AM
I have a 140 gallon tank and was wondering if the xf230 would be enough or do I need the xf2t0?
Question by: Don on Nov 18, 2016 10:34:00 AM
Great question! I would recommend the XF250 for that large of a tank. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Nov 18, 2016 10:49:00 AM
What is the power consumption of the xf250?
Question by: James Dotson on Feb 10, 2017 6:51:00 AM
Great question! The wattage for this pump ranges from 8~60 watts. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Feb 10, 2017 10:49:00 AM
I have a XF230 in my 200gal DT...Not enough flow, could I buy this and use my XF230 with it?
Question by: Benjamin Herman on Feb 2, 2017 9:58:00 PM
Hey there, great question! The XF230 and XF250 have different sized cables and are not interchangeable. You can only use an XF130 or XF230 with the XF230 controller. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Feb 3, 2017 9:53:00 AM
I want to run dual Gyre's in the preset Oceanic mode in my reefer 450, would you recommend the XF230 or XF250?
Question by: David on Jan 17, 2017 11:08:00 AM
Great question! For that size of tank, I would recommend two XF230 pumps which will be more than enough flow! :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jan 17, 2017 4:33:00 PM
I have an 80 gallon reef tank...which pump should I get?
Question by: Sebastian Milardo on Nov 27, 2016 7:43:00 PM
Great question! I recommend a single XF250 for your sized tank. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Nov 28, 2016 9:31:00 AM
Will my battery backup still work for my xf150 if I put it on the new controller with a xf250?
Question by: Josh on Nov 22, 2016 6:23:00 AM
Great question! The Battery Backup will work with these pumps. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Nov 22, 2016 4:48:00 PM
Can this pump work with the Apex Neptune System? or do I need its own controller. Thanks
Question by: Jennifer on Nov 22, 2016 9:38:00 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 Nov 22, 2016 2:33:00 PM
Can the xf230/250s be connected to an APEX or does it need a module like the xf130/150?
Question by: Mike on Nov 22, 2016 1:59:00 PM
Great question! As of right now, they cannot be plugged into the Apex for control, but it is possible that will become available in the future. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Nov 22, 2016 2:29:00 PM

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. By connecting two pumps, they 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 XF250 Specifications:

  • Dimension - 11.8" L x 2.9" W x 2.4" H
  • Weight - 1.9 lbs
  • Flow Rate - up to 5300 GPH
  • Power Consumption - 8w - 60w
  • Min Aquarium Volume - 50 Gallons
  • Max Aquarium Volume - 800+ Gallons*
  • Cable Length - 10 ft (controller to pump) 5 ft (power supply to controller)


Power Supply Specifications:

  • Model - GM85-240400-F
  • Input Voltage - 100/240vAC 50/60Hz
  • Output Voltage - 24vDC 4A
  • Weight - 0.7 lbs



What's Included

1x XF250 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


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.



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  • Great! By Debbie on 4/27/2017

    Wonderful flow. Wish it were a little easier to program.
  • good deal By butch on 4/6/2017

    dont play around with those want to be power heads this is the one i know you need one
  • monster waves By gyre on 3/29/2017

    this pump moves a ton of water
  • Better than mp40 By Colin on 2/14/2017

    I put two of these xf250's on my 75 gallon mixed reef and am completely beside myself on how much water they can move. I was running three mp40's and wanted to try something new as I could not get the flow right without blowing my sand all over the tank. With these pumps I've only needed to run each at a max of 10% and am having great results. The build quality is about the same as all other higher end pumps and in my opinion they are pretty quiet. My only complaint so far would be that the controller is a bit confusing and takes a bit of messing around to figure it out unlike the ecotech's which are super easy. I also run the maxspect ethereals with hopes that the ICV6 and the Gyres will one day work together. I no longer have any dead spots and my sand is already starting to look cleaner! If you are researching pumps and are stuck between these and the mp40's go with the Gyre and save yourself some money as the cost of the mp40's in my opinion does not gain you superior flow. Happy reefing!
  • Great Pump By Iamchadster on 2/12/2017

    I have a predominantly SPS system with tank dimension of a standard 120 gallon. I have owned most every water mover out there and nothing created flow with such a small footprint in the tank like this does. I'm not going to repeat what others have already said about how good it is, but it's important to point out a couple things.

    Your going to have a lot of flow with just one of these pumps. When it's cranked up to 70% on my system it really gets things moving. I purchased two of these because I've been brainwashed by the MP's/WAV's etc that you have to have opposing pumps to get good flow and patterns. Not the case with these, in most average size tanks one pump will be plenty. If you want some of the additional options of patterns that two pumps can offer then you will need two, but so far I have preferred less of a footprint in the tank to a few bonus flow patterns. My second Gyre sits in a box in the garage, two was just too much.

    Apex compatibility with these pumps is achieved via the ICE CAP module interface. BRS, needs to update the question section as I assure you that they work fine with an Apex. I am a fairly experienced user with the Apex and have tried control via the Apex and with the Gyre Controller. Apex control provides constant, pulsing, ramp-up/down and with another cable you can get osc gyre mode, but I chose not to. The Icecap interface will also control 2 pumps if needed and will occupy your 0-10v variable speed ports on your Apex. As of now I went back to the Gyre controller as it provides a little better user interface once you get it figured out and OSC gyre mode without the need of another cable. Yes I lose some control via the Apex but it's a trade off I can live with for now.

    If you are on the fence, I would suggest pulling the trigger on one of these as they have really lived up to their promise. I have owned this pump for about two to three months and with the exception of a little algae it looks/sounds/performs like new.
  • Could be better and beware of preset bug By Toby on 2/10/2017

    I own a pair of 130s, 150s and now a pair of the XF250s with the new controller.
    Maybe it's the more rugged propellers but the 250s are noticeably louder than even my old 150s.
    Also, there is a know issue where some of the presets do not adhere to your maximum flow rate selection. I found out the hard way when my 40% max was suddenly at 80% and sandblasting my corals.
    Maxspect has a firmware relaxes as if 10/2016 that addresses this. Make sure you have that and you should be good to go.
    Other than that, they are the only circulation pumps I'll ever buy. Fantastic flow. Just wish they were quieter. And I hope they will eventually be compatible with the Vertex Cerebra Controller as the Maxspect controller leaves much to be desired as to ease of use.
  • Awesome flow! By Eric on 2/8/2017

    I am using this in a fish only 180 bow front. I have struggled a bit with getting the flow right. I turned off my vortechs and hooked this up. Love it! The controller is a bit hard to understand for programming but once you get it set it works great. Packaging was great as well. Looking forward to adding more of these to my system.
  • Great Product By Mark on 1/15/2017

    These are amazing! I have 2 of the xf250's with the controller on my tank. These have no sound at all. I cannot hear them even when sitting next to my tank. Programming is a bit of a nightmare, but I have changed it to OGC mode, automatic and it changes it up. I set it to a max of 30%, tank is 90gal, and it is perfect for me. The coral and fish seem to enjoy the flow.
  • 50/50 By Michael on 1/9/2017

    The gyre is GREAT for new flow and changing up flow.... two MP40's on the sides of my tank (odd 150.... 4 feet long, 2 feet high 2 feet deep) and gyre on the back wall. The controller however..... tough to figure out unless you have an MD or PHD...... I wish either they made it so it was APEX compatible or made it so us normal IQ folk could navigate the controller. If you don't mind the controller issues GREAT FLOW.
  • Good pump By Daniel on 12/31/2016

    I have a 135 gallon tank (72"L x 24"W x 18"H). I currently use 2 Vortech MP40's but wanted to add the maxspect gyre to see how it worked in my tank.

    The gyre does what it claims- it creates a nice gyre type flow. For longer tanks with open rockwork, the gyre should work extremely well. With one gyre on each side, I suspect the flow patterns created would be even better, but I just have the one at the time. Since I already own Vortech MP40's, I am using those in conjunction with the gyre to create more random flow with the gyre flow that the maxspect creates. The gyre itself puts out plenty of flow, and so far I have only needed to run it at 50%. It kind of reminds me of having two MP40's side by side with the wide, laminar flow it puts out. I had read other reviews of some people talking about the pumps being noisy- I have found that the pump is extremely quiet, even quieter than my Vortech MP40's. Also, I am very particular about having cables in my tank, which is one reason I like my Vortech pumps. However, the slim profile of the maxspect gyre and being placed towards the top of the tank has made it visually appealing and not an eye sore at all.
    The controller is easy enough to use, and there are various modes and features that you can play around with to customize the type of flow you are wanting to create in the tank. The controller will support two maxspect gyre's- I kind of wish I had two of them so that I could really take advantage of the flow options, but the one is certainly adequate for the tank. All in all, this is a good / great pump!
  • Better than the rest By Anneke on 12/13/2016

    I have had other leading pumps. These move way more water. I ditched my MP40s for these because they simply leave no dead spots, and I my sand bed stays white. I have two xf250's set at 30% in my 5 foot, 135 gallon tank. I don't notice much sound and the set up was easy.
  • Be careful what u wish for By Car guy on 12/9/2016

    Bought 2 250's for a 240 reef tank. Way to much pump(s). Usually pumps are over rated these are not. They move a lot of water. Beware. Seems it would be better to have pumps running at 80% (smaller pump)than 30% (bigger pump) This offers more flexibility and fine tuning for ramp up and down of gyre. Controller Is small and easy to program but u do have to deal with 3 cables going to it. Seem like would be better to have cables merge some where else into one then the controller. Now you have 3 more cables running around your cabinet to th controller. There's a great preset program OGC which is very effective and uses the gyre potential without have to write massive lines of code.