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
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

Compatible with Maxspect Gyre XF130 and XF230 pumps only


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.


What's Included

1x XF230 Advanced Controller

1x Power Supply


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



9 Items

  • 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.
  • Excellent Powerhead By Bryan on 12/6/2016

    I have the first generation xf150 pump and bought the xf250 with the controller. Easy to hook both of them up. I have a 6 ft tank and with these two pumps on anti-sync, I am moving a lot of water with good, random flow. The instructions on how to set up the controller stink, but Coralvue site has a good video to help there. I have zero complaints with these pumps.
  • Huge Flow By Joshua on 10/21/2016

    I dont run more than 30% for 92 gallon rimless display. Powerful and I do not hear anything.
  • Awesome By Jason on 10/19/2016

    This is the best power head I have ever had.
  • Great product By Anthony on 10/6/2016

    Overall I like this new generation of the gyre and the new controller. The gyre itself seems to be a bit more rugged than the original. It was fairly straight forward to hook up my old xf150 to the new controller. I found the controller directions book to really lacking. However if one goes to the coralvue site there is a really good video on manipulating the controller