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The previous generation XF150 pumps are only compatible with this controller. You cannot use XF130 pumps on this controller.
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.
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|
Great Product By Mark on 1/15/2017Mark would recommend this product to a friendThese 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 1/9/2017Michael would recommend this product to a friendThe 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 12/31/2016Daniel would recommend this product to a friendI 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 12/13/2016Anneke would recommend this product to a friendI 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 12/9/2016Car guy would recommend this product to a friendBought 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 12/6/2016Bryan would recommend this product to a friendI 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 10/21/2016Joshua would recommend this product to a friendI dont run more than 30% for 92 gallon rimless display. Powerful and I do not hear anything.
Awesome By Jason on 10/19/2016Jason would recommend this product to a friendThis is the best power head I have ever had.
Great product By Anthony on 10/6/2016Anthony would recommend this product to a friendOverall 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