- 3K Gyre Generation Pump with Controller (3000 GPH) - IceCap (RETIRED)
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.
The good, the bad, and the honest truth By John on 5/1/2020John would recommend this product to a friendDISCLAIMER: So I originally ordered this from BRS in February of 2017. I ended up moving and didn't build my tank until late 2019 so this sat in storage (inside in a cool dry closet) for over a year. When I took it out of the box for the first time in September of last year, it still looked brand new and well packed. Rubber fittings, cords, etc, all looked pristine.
THE GOOD: This pump is STRONG! In a 5ft long 100+ gallon tank, this pump is able to push a current to the far side of the tank. I had to dial this monster back down to 30-40% to keep it from moving sand off my 1.5-2.5" sand bed. It also has many direction options to change up the flow and create that "chaotic" natural ocean effect. The fact that you can dial it all the way down to a very low percent gives you the control to hit the perfect flow rate. The pump is also very sleekly designed. It takes up a minimal footprint and has a very clean look in my tank - love that!
THE NOT GOOD: First, it can be loud, very loud...especially when it's new or has been recently cleaned. I wish I could share a video of this here. It has a very noticeable hum between "rest periods". It can be heard across a 25ft room. As the Icecap videos state, it does quiet a bit as bacteria creates a "slime layer" and as the parts wear off the hard corners. It's almost a deal breaker for my wife it's so loud.
Second, after 5-6 months of running it stopped completely. This was due to the propeller bushings wearing out causing the motor shaft to no longer turn. I was a little surprised to see this happen so fast, but these are inexpensive to replace. You definitely always want to keep a few of these on hand.
Third, the instructions are cryptic. You're going to need to find the Youtube video. It's titled, "IceCap 3K 101: Assembly, Installation & Operation". ONce you've gone through the menu a few times you start to get a feel for how it was designed and it is very flexible.
I recommend this product because of its power, flexibility, and sleek design. The noise is definitely a factor so if you're looking to make your tank quiet, this may not be the best power head for you.
Noise can be addressed By Matt on 9/4/2019Matt would recommend this product to a friendBought two of these because they seemed to be such a great deal. Programming is awkward but i am a set it and forget it kind of guy so I labored through and figured it out. They ran 0 to 40% for 2 weeks at opposite sides of the tank and they worked flawlessly with no detectable sound. Out of the blue they start whining.... It was an extremely annoying sound and my wife told me i need to get rid of them. Well, i tried cleaning them but it didn't fix the problem but i did notice they were quiet after feeding time when they get shut down momentarily. The trend was obvious... when these pumps develop a whine you can turn them off and a few minutes later turn them back on and voila!... they are quiet again. I could not figure out why so i went online and someone else did figure it out. They said air gets trapped in the impeller and that is what creates the whine. He fixed the problem by using the alternating gyre mode on the pump. Essentially -10% to +70%. The small negative spin in alternating modes clears the pump of trapped air. I did the same on my pumps and sure enough... no more noise. They are silent. The main reason they get 4 stars is the value. These are great pumps for the price.
Great pump, moves a ton of water! By Aaron on 8/28/2019Aaron would recommend this product to a friendI've owned my 3K for about 9 months now and have had zero problems. To be honest, I can't even hear the unit running. I have a 4 foot and run the unit in 3 modes for morning, day and evening. Morning and day is around 30% and night at 10% to 20%. Occasionaly, once or twice a week, I'll pump it up to 100% to stir up any loose sediments. Now, to be fair, at 100% I can barely hear a slight sound. Let me stress this though, running this beast at 100% does not for happy coral or fish make. I'd be very interested in seeing a 4 tank that had to run these units at max, must have a lot of aqua sculpture, because of the amount of water this thing pushes even at 30%. Honestly, with a 3-4 foot tank you could probably get away with the 1K. Again, great buy and value. Get one, you'll enjoy!
Easy NO, power yes By Joe on 7/13/2019Joe wouldn't recommend this product to a friendOk pump has insane power. I am running it at 10% on my 56 column and it's blasting corals. Probably should have went with the 1k. However the set up for 1k and 3k are identical. And the manual is a frickin finger painting. I had to watch youtube videos for an hour to figure this thing out. Come on if a consumer has to spend 160 bucks for a product they are excited to spend money on... then they shouldnt hate it by the time they actually get it working. I'll pay more for a maxspec next time just so I dont have to waste an evening understanding the kindergarten drawing diagrams in the ops manual
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.
Is there anyway that I can make this work on my Red Sea reefer 750? Glass is 3/4 inch.
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.