EcoTech Marine

Vectra L1 DC Return Pump (3100 GPH)

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Introducing the World's Smartest Return Pump

With some of the most advanced pump technology on the market today Ecotech has stepped it up another notch.  With their QuietDrive technology keeping the pumps noise to an absolute minimum in almost any application. The Vectra L1 can be used as a standard Return pump, or Closed loop pump.  When in a closed loop application you can utilize the same EcoSmart modes that made their Vortech pumps so outstanding.

  • Pump Type: Centrifugal /  DC
  • Dimensions: 7.0" H x 5.0" W x 9.0" L
  • Flow: 3100 gph (11500 lph)
  • Pressure: 21.5' (6.5m)
  • Wattage: 130W
  • Input: 1.5" (38mm
  • Output: 1" (25mm)
  • Programmable: Yes
  • Return Mode: Yes
  • Closed Loop Mode: Yes
  • ESL/ReefLink: Yes
  • Feed Mode: Yes
  • Battery Backup Compatible: Yes


Flexible Installation

Included with the Vectra Pump are QuickCouple components,  these fitted couplers provide the flexibility to make installation, cleaning and adjustments a breeze. The Vectra also boasts the ability to rotate the volute of the pump to adapt to the needs of your plumbing setup.

  • Easy Connection
  • Fast Setup
  • Quick Disassembly
  • British Standard Pipe Threading

Return Pump or Closed Loop

The Vectra can be installed and operated as either a return pump or as closed loop flow pump.

  • Two distinct operational configurations
  • Return Pump features calibration and Speed Lock
  • Closed Loop features random and pulsing modes

Inline or Submersible

Vectra pumps feature a sealed motor and magnetic drive for internal and external operation as a return pump for Closed Loop flow. The Vectra’s flexibility will fit your needs for just about any setup that you wish to achieve.

Vectra Driver

The Vectra driver features EcoTech’s QuietDrive technology.

  • Choose between Return Pump or Closed Loop configuration
  • Access Vectra operational modes including Feed Mode
  • QD Technology minimizes DC motor noise
  • Fully adjustable flow
  • Communicates with other QD and EcoSmart compatible devices

EcoSmart Live Compatible

EcoSmart Live is EcoTech Marine’s web-based aquarium command center. It allows you to control your Vectra pumps, VorTech pumps and Radion LED lighting from anywhere in the world through a computer or mobile device (iOS and Android supported). EcoSmart Live is loaded with features such as setup guides, flow and lighting wizards, specialty modes, and the ability to create new modes with just the click of a mouse or tap of a finger.

Get real time information about your lighting and pumps or wirelessly update your product’s firmware. Having issues getting the coral growth that you expect? Our award winning customer service staff can log into your account and suggest changes for you.

Battery Backup Compatible

In an aquarium with no flow, fish and corals begin to die in as little as 4 to 10 hours. The Battery Backup is reef tank insurance in an aluminum housing.

By adding the Battery Backup, your tank is insulated from power interruptions, helping protect your valuable investment -and your tank inhabitants.
*Hours are estimated and will vary depending on battery life, pump mode and other factors.

The Vectra Advantage

Active Feedback

When used with the ReefLink, your Vectra pump can send you performance and status alerts right to your mobile device or computer. Your return pump is the heart of your aquarium; the faster you hear about an unexpected issue the more successful you will be as an aquarist.

  • Quiet Operation
  • Controllability

Cost Savings

Traditional AC pumps when used as a return pump for your sump are flow controlled through the use of a choke valve. This is method of control is inherently inefficient for two reasons. 1) The AC pump purchased must often be over-powered for your given setup to allow for flexibility. 2) By adding artificial impedance to your flow, electricity is wasted. The Vectra pump will always operate at the optimum efficiency because there is no need to use a flow restricting valve to achieve your desired flow rate.

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UPC 019962011849
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Product Questions

Can this pump be controlled with an apex?
Question by: Matthew Richard on Apr 3, 2018, 10:19 AM
Thanks for checking with us! The Vectra pumps are not compatible with the Apex systems unfortunately. Have a great day :)
Answer by: Chad on Apr 3, 2018, 11:02 AM
Can you vary the flow control when used as an external return pump? Wondering if I would be able to reduce flow overnight like "night mode" with the Vortechs?
Question by: Dennis on Sep 12, 2017, 10:17 AM
The Vortech Vectra pumps can be programmed to reduce their flow at night, however, you will need the ReefLink control module to do so. The ReefLink would let you control any wireless Ecotech product.
Answer by: Charlie on Sep 13, 2017, 1:44 PM
Vectra L1 be strong enough for a 380 gallon fowlr tank a just only return pump? thanks
Question by: Onassis on Jun 4, 2017, 1:20 AM
This may depend on your desired turnover rate and specifics of your plumbing setup, but I would be hesitant to say this would be powerful enough after taking into account flow loss due to head pressure and plumbing friction. If you have a fairly simple, open return line with minimal sharp turns and valves, and the head height is not too great, you could probably achieve about a 4-5x/hr turnover rate with this pump.

Happy reefing!
Answer by: Zack on Jun 9, 2017, 3:16 PM
I'm looking for a pump that will work for my 120 gl tank. Sump will be in the basement so head height will be 12 feet. Will this pump work and if not what do you recommend. Thanks
Question by: John Ashton on May 23, 2017, 6:40 AM
The Vectra L1 may be up to the task, but pumping up a floor does add a fair amount of head pressure that the pump has to overcome, and this will greatly reduce the output of the pump. I think this would largely depend on having a simple, straightforward return line with minimal elbows or extra fittings that might add more backpressure. If you're not looking for a massive amount of turnover, the L1 can likely still achieve a decent 5-7x/hr turnover rate through your sump.

Happy reefing!
Answer by: Zack on May 30, 2017, 1:03 PM
I have a 210g FW African tank. My Danner Mag24 is on its way out and I've been looking at DC pumps primarily for reducing power consumption. The pump will be an inline return pump with a manifold to feed a PhosBan reactor and UV filter (left over from my discus days). I know the L1 is probably over kill but I can adjust water volume with the pump's speed control. I don't need all the bells & whistles that DC pumps offer. The pump will be controlled on/off via an Apex system. My question is does the pump come with the necessary fittings to use U.S. sized PVC or do I need to order those separately?
Question by: Raymond Sugel Sr on Apr 29, 2017, 11:43 AM
Hey there,
The L1 does come with slip-fit collars for the inlet and outlet which are set up for US plumbing. if you wish to do away with the slip collar and plumb onto the pump's threads, they do sell an adapter coupling which converts from the outside BSP threads to US slip.


Happy reefing!
Answer by: Zack on May 2, 2017, 12:38 PM
Does this pump work with wmx from apex?
Question by: Brian on Jun 26, 2016, 1:37 PM
Hey there! The Vectra pumps are not controllable with the Apex WXM Module. :-)
Answer by: Randy on Jun 29, 2016, 6:28 PM
What is the gph on this pump with the max head pressure?
Question by: Adam Jonas on May 31, 2016, 10:46 PM
Great question!
Max Head Pressure means at that height the water flow GPH will be 0. at half of the head height the max flow will be half of the full amount.
Answer by: Connor on Jun 2, 2016, 2:30 PM
I currently run an L1 at 100%. How long will the battery back up last with one Ecotech battery? How long with two?
Question by: Rob Oderman on May 17, 2016, 6:35 AM
Great question!
The battery without the ecotech battery booster( coming soon from Ecotech) is not designed to run the L1 for more than a few hours. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor on May 18, 2016, 6:40 PM
what is the gph on this pump ?????
Question by: jeff reedy on May 6, 2016, 4:21 PM
Great question! The GPH of the Ecotech L1 Vectra is adjustable, maxing out at 3100GPH.
Answer by: Carter on May 9, 2016, 12:20 PM
Would this Vectra L1 DC - Ecotech Marine pump be strong enough to run my 340 gallon mix reef tank as a return pump and a biopellet reactor, gfo, and carbon reactor??
Question by: Roland Martinez on Apr 15, 2016, 10:52 AM
Great question! Unfortunately this pump would be slightly under powered, even if it were running stand alone on your 340 gallon system. We recommend the return pump be powerful enough to provide 10x turnover in one hour for a reef system (3,400gph for your system)
Answer by: Carter on Apr 19, 2016, 5:29 PM
Does this pump have a back up battery available to purchase through this website?
Question by: emili brown on Mar 29, 2016, 6:33 AM
Great question!
This will run using the Ecotech battery back up currently. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor on Mar 29, 2016, 3:45 PM