- 3K Gyre Generation Pump with Controller (3000 GPH) - IceCap
Compatible with aquariums up to 1/2"
Max Flow 3000 GPH
Recommended for aquariums up to 100+ gallons
- Magnetic Mount
- 5 different flow modes
- Alternate flow modes
- Customizable flow cycles
- 24 hour program cycle
- Linear flow
- Controller with mounting cradle
- 1 year warranty
The 3K Gyre Generation pump from IceCap uses the same technology and water movement theory as the Maxspect Gyre but at a much better value. The 3K Gyre pump pushes a "sheet" of water across your tank virtually eliminating any dead spots with minimal amounts of flow. Compared to other traditional propeller style powerheads, the Gyre produces an even, linear flow that doesn't create any direct hot spots or dead spots.
The Gyre controller gives you 5 different modes of flow throughout a 24-hour programming cycle that you can tailor to your tanks needs, including a pre-set 10-minute feed mode. Included is a mounting bracket for the controller that secures the head unit anywhere you desire. The low profile of the 3K Gyre pump allows it to fit in tight spaces, and the magnetic mounting system makes installation a snap.
- Gradual Pulsing
- Alternating Gyre
- Dimension - 12.2" L x 3.1" W x 1.7" H
- Flow Rate - up to 3000 GPH
- Power Consumption - 8w - 40w
- Cable Length - 6.5 ft (controller to pump) 5 ft (power supply to controller)
- Min Aquarium Volume - 25 Gallons
- Max Aquarium Volume - 100+ Gallons
- Max Aquarium Thickness - 1/2"
1x 3K Gyre Pump
1x 3k Gyre Controller
1x 3K Controller Cradle
4x Protective Sleeves
1x Magnetic Mounting System
1x Power Supply
1x Instruction Manual
Note: Not compatible with Maxspect Gyre pumps or controllers.
Not very happy - noisy and unreliable after 6 months By dwizum on 4/22/2019dwizum wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI bought two of these about 6 months ago for a new 120 reef. They do move a fair amount of water, and the controllers are flexible with lots of options. However, they've been problematic. First, as many have pointed out, they're noisy. The noise persists despite "break in" or cleaning. It gets quieter if you set flow very low, but then what's the point? At 70%, you can hear a faint WRRRRRRRRR throughout the entire house.
The second problem has been reliability. One of them stopped pumping after maybe 2 months. I contacted support and they walked me through disassembly. The little plastic bushings that the motor shaft keys into, which are pressed into the rotors, had sheared off. Not really sure why - there's nothing in my tank that could have jammed or obstructed them and the pumps were running at constant 70% power, so it's not like they were getting slammed on and off over and over. Luckily the manufacturer includes extras in the package, which left me thinking - that part is so unreliable that they have to give you extras right up front when you buy it? How am I supposed to trust this thing? What happens when my extras run out? I've never had a pump which required me to keep an inventory of spare parts before. Perhaps it's not a big deal to replace a $5 part every few months, but why should I need to?
Here we are, 6 months later, and the other pump has totally stopped working. I haven't disassembled it yet, but I don't think it's the bushings this time, since the rotors seem completely frozen - they won't budge and the motor won't turn at all when it' activated via the controller. I'm here on BRS because I'm shopping for a different brand of pump to replace it.
I could understand occasional failures, but a pump that's this unreliable AND this noisy is not something I'm interested in for the long term.
Great pump for the $$$ By Justin on 4/10/2019Justin would recommend this product to a friendI've been using this pump for over a year now and love it!! Yes, there's a little bit of noise, thats how most pumps are, but it moves some serious H2O!! Clean the pump every few weeks to knock down the noise and keep it running in tip top shape. I gave this pump 4 stars because the controller is less than good, my screen broke a week after I had it....but I can still jump through the different modes if I put my hands in the water to feel it. I have this on a 75 sps dominated tank and I will be buying another cause the growth has really limited the flow. Great value for the amount of water this thing can push!!
very loud at any flow over 20%. By ying on 3/31/2019ying wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI own both the Icecap 1k and the 3k. Both uses the same interchangable controller. The 1k is essentially silent in all modes to about 80-90%. My protein skimmer pump makes more noise than the 1k. But the 3k is quite loud over 20%. That means a dull whine in constant flow mode. In random or other changing flow modes, the loud noise comes in and out with operating levels -> very annoying. I can only tolerate the 3k in constant mode and 20%, which makes it almost useless. The 1k is great. But the sound damping technology just doesn't work with the larger rotors of the 3k.
Works great for me, very satisfied! By Michael on 3/29/2019Michael would recommend this product to a friendI have a 165g (60" x 29" x 22") fish and soft coral only setup with 200lbs. of base rock and a canister filter. This is my first salt water tank and when I set it up 6 months ago, I learned that correct lighting and water flow are critical to a successful setup, especially with canister filtration. I researched and read reviews of all powerhead products and decided to purchase the Icecap Gyres based on performance and price. I placed two 3k's (each running at 50% constant mode) horizontally on my output end and one 1k (running at 100% constant mode) vertically at the intake end. I could have achieved my desired 4000gph with a single 3k and the 1k running at a 100%, but the water flow was too strong from the 3k. By adding a second 3k and running them both at 50%, I was able to still push 4000gph with a milder water flow for my corals and sand bottom. I especially like the variety of programming and placement options. I was able to dial in a configuration perfect for my environment My rock has cured just right and minimal algae growth on sand bed and glass. As for the sound they make, they are no louder than my two Radeon XR15 cooling fans. They do produce a little more sound with the nylon sleeves on them, but, since none of my critters are small enough to get into the blades, I do not use them. The only draw back is that each unit has its own programming controller while more expensive products are able to be programmed with a single device and in some cases, a wireless device. However, the cords are extra long and I was able to mount the controllers out of the way and with easy access. My tank is so crystal clear that the guys at my local fish store can't believe I have canister instead of sump filtration and I attribute this mostly to the Icecap Gyres.
Wouldn’t buy: NOISE By Fishdoc on 3/3/2019Fishdoc wouldn't recommend this product to a friendVery loud noise. Have cleaned it numerous times. Total waste of money. Will need to replace. Noise is real and very loud. Occasionally the noise goes away. Unpredictable. Not worth it. Company should address this known issue. Lesson learned again. But the quality item the first time.
Awesome pump for price By Joseph on 2/23/2019Joseph would recommend this product to a friendIs there a bit of noise yes,but it's hardly even noticeable unless its in a room that's totally silent like a bedroom. I love this pump is a workhorse, I have a mp40 in my tank as well this thing moves 3-4 more times Water then 40 does for a third the price. We shall see how long it last but replacement parts are all available cheap so win win for me.
I hear no noise - MASSIVE water movement By pokerrick on 2/21/2019pokerrick would recommend this product to a friendalso have a pair of Tunze. I know some complain about nose, but I can't hear a thing. I hear my Tunze's pulse but not this pump, so as reference this is quieter than pair of Tunze 6105
Just a great amount of water flow - really impressive
Seems legit By Doug on 11/27/2018Doug would recommend this product to a friendJust installed this unit in my 125. Has no problem sending water virtually all the way across the tank at 70%. Dead silent out of the box. Unit feels very solid, magnet is very strong. Will update in a few months and give the 5th star if it's still working the same.
Great Gyre 3K Pump! By Eddie "O" on 11/27/2018Eddie "O" would recommend this product to a friendonly had this for a week and at 30% Gyre this thing moves a tremendous amount of water in my 40g IM tank and I can here no noise what so ever at all like some others. A++ value aand performance.
The noise is really annoying By James on 11/26/2018James wouldn't recommend this product to a friendIt has a high pitch noise I can hear from the other side of the house. It’s a different high pitch for each speed, meaning any setting where the speed changes is even more annoying.
I like it. By Steve on 10/15/2018Steve would recommend this product to a friendI've had this pump for about 18 months. I do have some complaint about the noise - BUT - I just clean it and it seems to be fine for a couple months. I have it on a 4 foot long tank, and I'm very happy with the amount of flow it gives me, it's truly impressive. I went through a couple of the drive cogs, but I was not pushing them on all the way, and since the first set did not last long, I don't think that the originals were 100% engaged either. The documentation could have been a little better, but other than those couple of things, I'm totally happy with this pump and would buy it again.
An inexpensive option to a gyre - may take a little adjustment By Eric on 9/10/2018Eric would recommend this product to a friendI've had mine now for about three months; I've had the noise many mention but I've found that, at least for me, if it's loud either it's dirty or it has air trapped in the turbines. A brushing and some vinegar takes care of the cleaning; tapping it repeatedly to get all the air out seems to be the most effective way to stop the noise. I use it in a 48 x 24 x 16" growout frag tank and not in my living room, but it's pretty quiet (I run it at 80%). Just took a while to figure out how to quiet it down. It it as quiet as my Tunze 6105's? No. But then, it's about half the price and gives me a flat gyre with various flow options that are easy to set. For my purposes it works well.
What is the low end of flow for the ice cap 3k. I have 1/2 glass but was wondering it I could turn it low enough for my tank
Does this connect directly into my Apex? Or can I use my current icecap 150 module to connect?
How many watts?
This pump is rated at anywhere from 8w-40w depending on the speed setting.
Can the IceCap controller be hooked up to the Neptune Apex controller?
This pump is not Apex compatible at this time.
Can you confirm that these can only be used individually, so unlike the Gyre you cannot connect two together to the same controller that they come with correct?
That is correct, each controller will control one pump. Multiple pumps would require multiple controllers.
Hi I have a 56 gallon reef tank and seems like I'm having some flow issues. Would you recommend this to help? I currently have the return and two power heads 660 gph. seems like it isn't covering the whole tank right. Any suggestions? Thanks bulk reef supply!
Flow in a reef tank can vary greatly, and the amount of flow your tank may need is very hard to comment on, but if you have significant dead spots a high flow power head will definitely take care of that issue, but sometimes you can minimize the dead spots by changing the position of the power heads or the aquascape. The IceCap 3K can push a lot of water, and with that pump, you may be able to remove one of your current powerheads.