Vectra M1 DC (2000 GPH) - Ecotech Marine

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Vectra M1 DC (2000 GPH) - Ecotech Marine

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Quick Overview

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


Full Details

 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. 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.


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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  • Overall very happy - would 100% purchase again By Steve on 10/31/2017

    Solid 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 10/6/2017

    I 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 9/23/2017

    Best 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 9/16/2017

    This 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 9/4/2017

    I 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.
  • Worst pump and no customer service. Avoid this product and avoid Ecotech By Gorally on 5/30/2017

    I had this pump less than a year. The power supply die one day. It is more like it is not producing constant power, there is a clicking nose from the supply, took it to the retailer ( Big Al's in Canada) and they told me i let moisture get in. Are you kidding me, I have this for my fish tank, the environment will be humid. My power supply was sitting five feet above ground level. They actually void my warranty. I called Ecotech and they said because they have no present in Canada, they have to take the word from the retail. bTW my supply was never opened and I don't know how they can claim I let moisture get in. I think this is just BS. For a premium price and you get dirt cheap product and sneaky support. I once thought they are reputable company with tons of promise. Now I rather spend my money in Alibaba.
  • Wondering if its any good By Christopher on 5/17/2017

    Had this pump for just about a year now - on my 2nd Power Supply and now I am onto my 2nd Driver Board probably -- Just crapped out again last night. I would think for the premium nature and the premium cost of this pump -- it should last and work a little bit more reliably. I cannot recommend this pump due to its unreliable nature. Look elsewhere. EcoTech Marine has good customer service, but this pump is junk. Luckily my reef is not overly full and I can run a few hours without my return pump while I put in the spare.
  • Pump failed after 9 months of use. By jg8098 on 5/12/2017

    Purchased this pump new from BRS, it has failed after 9 months of use. I would not recommend this pump.
  • Quiet but doesn't last By Andrew on 4/20/2017

    My first one failed just after a year of service. EcoTech replaced at no cost to me (well $1) and the second one failed after 6 months - I'm done. FYI just had a MP40QD fail after 18 months so I'm not sure the QD technology is something that lasts.
  • Great pump By Mtnrunner on 4/10/2017

    I really like this pump. It is very quiet. The variable speed makes it a snap for controlling the amount of flow. I'm very satisfied and would recommend.
  • Too Expensive. POS By Seed on 3/24/2017

    This pump basically sucks and so does their support. The first one I received it looked like it was a return repackaged. The second one I received it worked pretty well for about 6 months. Then I pulled the unit out to clean just the pump and it failed.

    The lights on the controller which I never touched flashed every color of the aurora borealis. I called support and they sent me a new pump. I asked for a new controller. That didn't work of course.

    They then sent me a new board to replace. That worked sort of, when I went to recalibrate the unit I could only get it to run at 35%. Any higher and the pump would wind up, cut off, wind up, cut off. I called their tech support, was routed to a guy and then he hung up on me. I tried calling another hour and their support was down.

    I ran the pump @35% until today when I shut it off so my anem would get off the return drains. After an hour I turned it back on and it flashed a bunch of green hues, the white LEDs kept recycling. I called support again and they said the PSU is probably bad. I had to put my CC down again just to get a $10 PSU shipped, which will take 5 days.

    If you value your tank DON'T buy this pump. It sucks especially for the price. I'd rather pay $500 for something that worked well even after simple maintenance. I hope the Varios is better. I may consider an external on my next build.

    Thank god for BRS though. They keep me happy cause they're the best.
  • Quiet pump and nice web interface but flow not as advertised By rdlauer65 on 3/21/2017

    I have been using the M1 for a little over a year and have been happy with the level of noise. That said, my assumption (very wrong) was that the flow rate would be about half of the 2000 GPH advertised due to the 4.5 feet of head, a couple of 90 degree elbows and a back flow valve. After installing the Neptune FMK, I was very surprised to see my max flow rate at just under 400GPH so decided to do a bucket test. The test result was 406GPH so the flow meter wasnt lying. After some looking around, this appears to be the case with a lot of pumps on the market so do yourself a favor and test to make sure you are getting the flow you are looking for regardless of the brand since advertised flow rates are likely well off.


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Product Questions

will this pump fit in the emerald 26 return?
Question by: Rory on Apr 23, 2016 11:11:00 PM
Great question!
The M1 would be tight an may fit however there would be vibration issues as the chamber is only 5" wide
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 26, 2016 6:59:00 PM
hi will 3/4 sch 40 pipe glue into the culping on the vectra ?
Question by: ron on May 8, 2016 7:44:00 AM
Great question!
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!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 10, 2016 4:51:00 PM
What is the minimum flow produced by this pump at zero head pressure?
Question by: Join the Revolution on Mar 17, 2016 9:45:00 AM
No answers yet. Be the first to answer the question!
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?
Question by: David on Jun 3, 2016 4:31:00 PM
Great 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!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 9, 2016 10:39:00 AM
Is the m1 suitable for a 55g reef tank?
Question by: Art on Mar 18, 2016 12:21:00 AM
Great question!
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!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 18, 2016 2:48:00 PM
Hi, how would the m1 out be connected to tubing with 7/8th internal diameter?
Question by: Art on Mar 30, 2016 10:09:00 PM
Great question!
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
SKU: 202568

1" Pipe Adapter Spigot x Barb
SKU: 207927
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 31, 2016 2:57:00 PM
I see the Vectra M1 is 80 watts, what is the amp at full power?
Question by: Doug on Sep 17, 2016 10:51:00 PM
Hey Doug,
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
Answer by: Eric Crees (Admin) on Sep 26, 2016 10:41:00 AM
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?
Question by: Matthew Moore on Dec 28, 2016 8:57:00 PM
Great question! Unfortunately, this EcoTech product is not compatible with the Neptune Apex WXM module. In order to connec the Vectra pumps to EcoSmart Live, you would need the ReefLink listed below. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jan 4, 2017 3:32:00 PM
Are these pumps now apex WXM controllable?
Question by: Dustin Carroll on Jan 15, 2016 2:45:00 PM
Great question!
The WXM does not currently work with the Vectra pump. Hopefully in the near future they will have the proper programming set up!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jan 15, 2016 3:23:00 PM
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?
Question by: Matt Hall on Dec 17, 2016 1:40:00 PM
Great question! Unfortunately the manufacturer has not provided us with the various flow ratings at each set point, but it is absolutely capable of long term use at each setting without the worry of damaging the pump. As long as you use the available presets, you will be just fine! :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Dec 22, 2016 5:29:00 PM
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?
Question by: Brad on Jan 16, 2017 1:36:00 PM
Great question! The cord on that will be about 10ft with the driver power supply. You can easily add an extension cord if necessary. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jan 16, 2017 2:26:00 PM
What is the total head height this pump can handle
Question by: Sam Tirelli on Apr 29, 2016 7:25:00 AM
Great question!
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!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 29, 2016 2:46:00 PM
Does the pump have an automatic shut off in case the water level is low?
Question by: Art on Mar 25, 2016 5:57:00 PM
Great question!
This pump does not have a low water shut off unfortunately. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 28, 2016 11:08:00 AM
Hello, what is the warranty on this pump?
Question by: Rod on Nov 1, 2016 12:50:00 AM
Hello there,
Ecotech Marine provides a 1 year warranty on their pumps. Have a great day and happy reefing!
Answer by: Zack (Admin) on Nov 7, 2016 5:30:00 PM
Has support been added yet to the Neptune Apex system? Hopefully via the VXM module...
Question by: Marco Davila on Jun 23, 2016 6:31:00 PM
No, Unfortunately Support between the Vectra and WXM module does not seem to be an option. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 23, 2016 6:57:00 PM
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
Question by: Ed on Jan 11, 2017 1:07:00 PM
Great question! Using this pump in a closed loop setup is much like adding more power heads to your tank. In this setup, all it will affect is the various flow rates and patterns in the tank. It will not affect your return pump and its primary operation of recirculating the water through the display and the filtration system. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jan 12, 2017 4:03:00 PM
Where can I find a 3/4in. Flat Seat Hose Barb that will fit on the Vectra M1
Question by: Justin on Mar 14, 2016 8:39:00 AM
Great question!
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!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 15, 2016 11:41:00 AM
Is this pump powerful enough for a 180gl reef tank?
Question by: Mark Steffen on Jul 25, 2016 1:08:00 AM
Hi Mark,
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.
Answer by: Charlie (Admin) on Jul 25, 2016 8:20:00 AM
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!
Question by: Richard on Jun 5, 2017 12:49:00 PM
The Vectra pumps come with slip couplers and if you wish to connect to the 3/4" output, you will need a spigot x barb fitting.

Happy reefing!
Answer by: Zack (Admin) on Jun 12, 2017 1:33:00 PM