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.
Works only in constant flow mode By Guy on 8/28/2017Guy wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis is a waste if you are trying to do the gyro or pulsing modes, Everytime I put this pump in any mode other than constant flow mode, it runs for about 3 minutes and then shuts off. I have been back and forth with IceCap and still can't fix the problem. Save your money and buy the originator Maxspect.
Noisy and bad controller mount By Brian on 6/24/2017Brian wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have run the MP40wqd, various Koralia pumps of all sizes and gens, an MP10wqd, and various others. This is the only pump that was so loud I stopped using it. The first one I received made a high pitched whining noise. I worked with Icecap customer support and they had me try replacing parts but it was still loud (and a huge pain to take apart even with their recommended tools). They then sent me a new motor drive, and it's the same level of noise. The pump is just loud, and I'm running it only between 30% and 70% power in various modes. This is a price point I'd buy a gyre at, but with it making anywhere near this level of noise, it's a no-go for sure. To make matters worse, the mounting panel broke on its own and now the pump control panel has nothing to attach to. I would return the pump if I could, but working with customer support took me out of the return window.
Now using as only powerhead By Bmack on 4/28/2017Bmack would recommend this product to a friendBought as a supplement to two MP40s on my Red Sea 425xl. Used it on center, on the overflow to get behind the rock work. Ran around 30 percent. Was still getting dead spots especially on the bottom. On a whim, removed the vortechs and put this on the side, then programmed it. Love it. All dead spots clean. Running for about two months now. Compared to vortechs it's silent.
Powerful, maybe to much so. By ABABRAHAM001 on 4/19/2017ABABRAHAM001 wouldn't recommend this product to a friendGot this thing and put it in my saltwater bin to mix the water and break it in. It started fairly quit but in a day it got scary loud. No grinding or anything so hoping it was just breaking in I let it ride. Within 2 days it was running fairly quiet again and now just gets loud when it needs cleaned. Sometimes it some how gets some air boubles in it making it loud but shutting it off for the feed cycle fixes that. No dead spots in my 50 gal 24x24x20 cube. Way too powerful for my tank. Heaviest flow I used was 30% intermittent and 30% reverse for couple hours a day and 10% constant the rest. My frog spawn and candies didn't like the flow and released from their bases hoping to get blown to a lower flow area. No parts to remove one side of the turbine so I am now running it with one propeller removed and leaving the empty cage, taking up space unnecessarily at this point. Hope this solves my problem but won't know til I get some new frogspawn or the old one reattaches to something.
Just don't do it... By Aviido on 4/14/2017Aviido wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI had very high hopes for this pump. Gyre style fow at a price that was more my budget. It ran great for the first 2 months... And then I started to notice the noise. It started out kinda miniscule and gradually got more noticeable. And then the screen started to flip. The display is literally upside down and backwards. If I unplug it and replug it in, it resets itself and everything would be fine for about a day. Now one side of the impeller is working at all. This is the only powerhead that I have for my newly setup 55 gallon tank. Looks like I may be out a pump until this gets resolved.
Decent functionality for the price By RTC on 3/9/2017RTC would recommend this product to a friendI don't have the fanciest set-up. I got into the hobby piece-meal, and it's really what I can afford for now. That being said my soft coral is doing great and so are the fish.
Programming took me a while since the directions STINK, and this is something that can be easily addressed by the company. Not sure why anyone would have thought that what they included was enough instruction. For someone who has never used your product IceCap could have been halfway thoughtful. Guess not.
That being said, the pump itself does a good job of moving a lot of water in a number of ways. I think for what you pay it's perfect. It seems a solid build and I have had no mechanical issues yet. (Although I do think this could be prone to getting snails caught in the impeller area if not using the mesh provided.)
My only disappointment is the amount of motor noise. Since I have a basement sump, the loudest part of my tank had been the fans for my LED light. No longer, as I now have a loud hum up, and a hum down on different modes. Not as bad as maxijets starting and stopping on my Red Sea wavemaker, but I think once MJ's started running they were quieter. In other words if I had to compare a maxi jet 1200 versus this motor just running I think the IceCap makes more noise.
Maybe IceCap will improve the programming manual and dampening the motor noise. If they did? This would be a 5 star pump.
Update on my 2/18 review By Stephen on 3/2/2017Stephen would recommend this product to a friendNow that I've had the pump for a few weeks it has gotten noisy, can hear the grinding from two rooms away. I have added 2 powerheads back to the tank so I could turn down the power. I haven't cleaned the unit yet which may help.
Great so far By Eric on 2/27/2017Eric would recommend this product to a friendWhen I first set the pump up it had a loud hum and by loud I mean LOUD. I contacted Icecap (Coralvue) support and they said it would work itself out if left alone and it did. The pump is very quiet and moves a ton of water. I bought this to take care of the flow in a frag tank. I may end up moving the MP10 off my display to the frag tank,, move this over and running it opposite an MP40 on reef crest. Very pleased so far long tern reliability is another animal. I'll just have to wait and see.
Excellent So Far By Brian on 2/26/2017Brian would recommend this product to a friendI had 2 opposing MP10's and 2 returns with spreader nozzles in my 65g display and always struggled with dead spots. I removed the MP-10s and installed one 3k Gyre and I'm getting much better circulation throughout the tank. Running it random mode @ 30% during the day, with a one hour reverse gyre mode at +/- 30%, and direct flow at 10% for night. Great so far, we'll see how it holds up.
Awful By Milton on 2/22/2017Milton wouldn't recommend this product to a friendJust got mine today put it in my tank and it is making a terrible grinding sound, right out of the box. Maybe i just got a bad one or the low price is bad quality control. Have sent a message to brs.
Great! By Bayareametalfab on 2/18/2017Bayareametalfab would recommend this product to a friendWe just added 2 to our office tank these things kick but! The programing was simple and they really get the corals moving.
They cleaned the sand bed in minutes after being installed in the tank.
3k failed after 4 days of use. By Big C on 2/18/2017Big C wouldn't recommend this product to a friendPurchased unit and installed the day it arrived. Worked great the first 48 hours. Started making some noises out on of the impellers. Within 24 hours on side of the unit will not rotate and the other side continues to run at what seems to be 100%. Tried all the modes and powering the unit on and off multiple times with no luck. Will update if customer service responds.
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This pump is rated at anywhere from 8w-40w depending on the speed setting.
This pump is not Apex compatible at this time.
That is correct, each controller will control one pump. Multiple pumps would require multiple controllers.
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.