- Vectra M1 DC (2000 GPH) - Ecotech Marine
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 Vectra M1 DC Pump. With their QuietDrive technology keeping the pumps noise to an absolute minimum in almost any application. The Vectra M1 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
- Flow: 2000 gph (7500 lph)
- Pressure: 21.5' (6.5m)
- Wattage: 80W
- Dimensions: 6.0" H x 5" W x 7.5" L
- Input Size: 1" (25mm)
- OutputSize: .75" (19mm)
- Programmable: Yes
- Return Mode: Yes
- Closed Loop Mode: Yes
- ESL/ReefLink: Yes
- Feed Mode: Yes
- Battery Backup Compatible: Yes
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. The input and output of the Vectra pumps have threads or quick connect collets that will accept standard US plumbing. The output of the quick connect collets may need a little finesse to fit the proper sized 3/4" fitting.
- 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.
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
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
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.
Great pump...excellent customer service By anton on 4/18/2018anton would recommend this product to a friendI purchased this pump shortly after it hit the market. About 18 months in, the pump had an issue. I called ecotech, and within minutes there were processing and shipping replacement parts based purely on me providing a serial number. I am amazed at the customer service.
Good pump from a GREAT company.
Disappointing By Josh on 4/10/2018Josh wouldn't recommend this product to a friendFirst one failed within 8 months of use. Power supply was up to 140 degrees, the pump itself also ran hot. I reinstalled my 10 year old Eheim as I was worried the power supply would catch fire. Ecotech eventually agreed to replace it after trying to tell me that it was normal to run that hot and that there has been no issues with them overheating, ect. Google it! There are tons of cases of these pumps burning up. I had to ship it to them at my expense so they could asses it. I then received an $80 import bill with the replacement because they filled out the shipping papers wrong. The 2nd power supply doesn't seem to get quite as hot, but I'm also hesitant to run it at full speed as the higher the speed, the hotter the power supply gets. When restarting the pump after a water change a few weeks ago, the controller froze up and had to be factory reset. I certainly don't see this pump having the same longevity as my old Eheim and Ecotech customer service is poor at best. There are better options for a premium pump, as this one sure isn't it!
JUNK!!! By Sean on 2/24/2018Sean wouldn't recommend this product to a friend2 bad power supply’s in a year! Plus I ran at full blast and the flow was no where near advertised. Put in a Varios-8 and could not be happier! They should stick to lights!
Fluctuating flow rates even with calibration By firstname.lastname@example.org on email@example.com wouldn't recommend this product to a friendExtremely disappointed as a return pump....even with calibration pump would not maintain a constant flow at all times...about every 12 hours the flow changed...with a 400 reef tank and 80gal sump it was a scary thing to keep tuning the sumps ....support from EcoTech was average.."calibration Should fix it"....it did not...pulled the pump and replaced with a Sicce Syncra pump ..working like a dream....maybe using the M1 in a closed loop application would be a better fit......
Powerful Unit By Zach on 1/19/2018Zach would recommend this product to a friendI am running a 210 gal reef tank and have never had an issue like so many of these people have said. (knock on wood) I find that it is even too powerful for my 210 gal. and rarely use it above half speed. I really like this product.
The Worst Return Pump ! By Rizo on 1/15/2018Rizo wouldn't recommend this product to a friendGuys,
Stay away from this pump.
Unlike many successful products from Ecotech, this is the worst by far !
They also do not offer any support for failed pumps and will always try to blame you.
Stay away, trust me !
another bad ecotech product By carl guennet carl guennet on 11/20/2017carl guennet carl guennet wouldn't recommend this product to a friendEcotech excel at marketing but that about it this pump is a fail from the start
Overall very happy - would 100% purchase again By Steve on 10/31/2017Steve would recommend this product to a friendSolid mid-sized pump. I have two of these - one for a return and one for a small manifold I added later. I like the flexibility of having two mediums to independently control rather than one large pump. Controllability is excellent. The whole build is, of course, high quality which you would expect from an scotch product. The fitting for the outlet is a little awkward to set up however - I ended up buying separate adaptors from home depot rather than using the provided ones so not a big deal. Overall very happy, would 100% purchase again.
bad connections. By Todd on 10/6/2017Todd wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have ordered 3 of these pumps and having problems with the .75" collars slipping when tightening them down. it appears that the collar is not sized correctly and you can even wiggle on or off its so lose.
Absolutely the best By David on 9/23/2017David would recommend this product to a friendBest pump. I’ve owned these for over a year. I’ve literally neglected the the sump cleaning for a long time and had algae growing everywhere down there plus hard purple algae in the pumps. They work flawlessly. On 100% they literally scream water flow. I have a 230ga tank and 60ga sump. All piping is hard pvc.
Going on my 3rd pump in a Year & a half By FLSharkvictim on 9/16/2017FLSharkvictim wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis will be my 3rd replacement in a little over a year and a half! COM ON~ Anyone else having problems with there Vectra series on these pumps besides me? The crazy thing about this is I do all my maintenance on of my water pumps every 3 months - 1 part vinegar - 1 part RO water and I am still having problems with these Eco-Tech Vectras ONLY. My TUNZE pumps run like the day I BOUGHT THEM. Pretty sure it's time to change pumps. I would go with the Abyss but they start out $1100.00 bucks which are a little steep for me on price. So my next one that's within my budget is the Reef Octopus - VarioS-8 Controllable DC Pump (2700 GPH). What are your thoughts?
Good and quiet but not powerful or easy to control By Brian on 9/4/2017Brian would recommend this product to a friendI bought this pump for my reefer 250 and it does a good job of returning water from the sump to the tank. It is very quiet and it has been working non-stop for over 90 days now without a hiccup. However, I was expecting more gallons per hour at full throttle but with my 3/4" pvc from the sump and through one manifold, 5 elbows and one check valve I only get 250 gph per my Neptune flow meter. If I divert water through the manifold to my carbon filter canister the 250 drops to 200 and the flow on my canister flow meter reads about 25. For a pump that is labeled 2000 gph that is very disappointing. And you cannot just turn the dial on the controller to raise or lower the speed, you have to go through a process of pressing the buttons to put it into manual mode first which is a real pain. However, I don't know any pumps that are better for the price so I would buy it again.
Will this pump fit in the emerald 26 return?
The M1 would be tight an may fit however there would be vibration issues as the chamber is only 5" wide
hi will 3/4 sch 40 pipe glue into the culping on the vectra ?
3/4" pipe will be able to glue directly to the pumps coupler. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
What is the minimum flow produced by this pump at zero head pressure?
I see below some questions for tubing, but I noticed some m1 accessories. VECTRA M1 SCH. 40 ADAPTER KIT - ECOTECH MARINE and the Vectra M1 Barb & Screen Kit. Reviews on the barb say it doesnt fit and need to be sanded down. My question is the easiest way to connect a 1 inch flexible tubing to this pump? With the method you described in the other 7/8 tube question?
The easiest way to attach 1" tubing to the M1 will to be using the method described earlier. The spigot x barb included in the kit from ecotech will be 3/4" and to increase the size you will need to adapter with both kits. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Is the m1 suitable for a 55g reef tank?
The M1 certainly will work well with a 55 gallon when tuned down to a lower setting. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Hi, how would the m1 out be connected to tubing with 7/8th internal diameter?
Tough answer, One way this might work is to Connect a small segment of 3/4" PVC pipe to the pump. out of the 3/4" pipe you can connect a reducer to increase the size from 3/4" to 1? (listed in the link below) Finally if your tubing is soft tubing you could connect a spigot x barb adapter (also 1") and press the 7/8" soft tubing over the 1" barb. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Schedule 80 Reducing Coupler 1” Slip x 3⁄4” Slip
1" Pipe Adapter Spigot x Barb
I see the Vectra M1 is 80 watts, what is the amp at full power?
That's a great question! I believe that 80 watts would be at full power, but in order to get the correct information, I would suggest reaching out to EcoTech to get that answer! Please let us know if you have any other questions!
EcoTech Marine – 610-954-8480 firstname.lastname@example.org
It says that this pump has EcoSmart Live which, "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. Apex has a module, the WXM that controls wireless pumps so I am just curious if these pumps will work on the apex module?
Are these pumps now apex WXM controllable?
The WXM does not currently work with the Vectra pump. Hopefully in the near future they will have the proper programming set up!
I have a 65 gallon sps reef and am considering using this pump as my return pump. The internal overflow system can only handle about 700 gph, can this pump be dialed down that low without damage to the pump?
I'm considering the Vectra for my system: my sump is in my basement and I need to know how long the cord is connecting the controller and the pump? Can an extension be added if necessary?
What is the total head height this pump can handle
This will stop flowing at 21.5' (6.5m). This is the head height of the pump. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Does the pump have an automatic shut off in case the water level is low?
This pump does not have a low water shut off unfortunately. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Hello, what is the warranty on this pump?
Ecotech Marine provides a 1 year warranty on their pumps. Have a great day and happy reefing!
Has support been added yet to the Neptune Apex system? Hopefully via the VXM module...
Hello - I currently run a 300 gallon SPS tank with the sumps down in the basement. Head pressure on my external Barracuda is 4500 GPH at 12ft head pressure. I was thinking of adding one of these pumps under display cabinet as a closed loop pump. Would this disrupt the Barracuda pump pressure if I used the ecosmart features on the closed loop pump? Meaning this would essentially hold back the return of my main external pump in feed mode when used. Please let me know...thanks Ed
Where can I find a 3/4in. Flat Seat Hose Barb that will fit on the Vectra M1
I have included a link below to the 3/4" Spigot x barb adapter. The spigot section can be mounted and glued directly to the vectra compression nut. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Is this pump powerful enough for a 180gl reef tank?
The Vectra M1 pump would work really well on a 180 gallon tank depending on the overall head height that it will need to push. For most common systems that only require about 4 to 5 feet the Vectra M1 works great.
Hi, what would I need to make this pump work/couple with a Red Sea Reefer 350 tank? It has that green flex tube for the return and I'm not sure what's the best fittings to use or size. Thanks for the help!