- Gyre XF350 Pump Kit with Controller (5280 GPH) - Maxspect
The pump that revolutionized water flow for aquariums has reached the pinnacle of design, performance and control. The 3rd Generation aptly named the Gyre 300 series incorporates all of the amazing features of the original Gyre pumps and improved them to make the best GYRE flow pump yet.
- Unique Flow Virtually Eliminates Dead Spots
- Evenly Distributed Linear Flow
- Discrete Design
- Twin Directional Flow Cages
- Clip on Flow Directors
- Waterproof Silent Suspension Magnet Mount
- Advanced Controller with Mount
The engineers at Maxspect completely redesigned the pump with less parts and a more intuitive assembly for easier maintenance of the rotors. Gyre 300 series pumps include an extra set of bushings to help reduce downtime while cleaning and keep your pump operating at full capacity. The new design has simplified this process of rotor replacement making it easier than ever to keep your pump pushing water at full throttle.
All of the Gyre 300 series pumps are compatible with the Maxspect Connect ICV6 control module so you can wirelessly control your pumps using the free Syna-G app from Maxspect. Any combination of pumps can be connected and controlled which means you can now operate a Gyre XF330 and an XF350 using the same control module all with a single power supply. This helps you to tailor the flow inside your aquarium perfectly to suit the needs of your corals without a ton of wires and bulky power supplies under your tank.
The most noticeable upgrade on the new Gyre 300 pumps is the detachable flow directors which are a welcome addition and allows you to place your pumps even closer to the surface of your aquarium without the worry of pulling a noisy vortex of air and improving surface agitation for maximum gas exchange. You can maneuver each director to point the Gyre flow of water where you need it. Best of all, the maneuverable caps block light from reaching the pump components and will reduce the rate at which algae will accumulate for longer operation in-between maintenance.
Max-Flow - 5280 GPH
Max Glass Thickness - 3/4"
Max Power Consumption - 52 watts @ 24VDC
Controller to Pump Cable - 10ft
Controller to Power Supply - 5ft
Recommended for 80 up to 800+ gallon aquariums.
1x XF350 Pump
1x Gyre 300 Series Controller
1x Power Supply with Cable
1x Spare Bushings
1x Flow Directors & Protective Mesh Covers
It Will Flow You Away By Flow Montana on 7/10/2020Flow Montana would recommend this product to a friendYou want the bestest flow? / The secret to my success? If so / Put a life vest on your chest, and let's go! / Blessed my birdsnest with currents, it's quenched bro / Polyps outstretched like Jesus, the flesh glows / nutrients even went down, this test shows / now I fluoresce SPS, i can't stop it / I'll take 10 Tenuis and the rest, let's just chop it / Close the shop quick / with the profits / we'll sail off into the tropics
Not impressed By Kevin on 3/1/2020Kevin wouldn't recommend this product to a friendPurchased from BRS
Yes very quiet
Yes much easier to dissemble and clean.
The green and red markings are great, so you don't mix and match.
I have not had the controller issues like others.
Semi con so far, I can't seem to add it to the ICV6 WiFi unit.
My 200 series controller connected easily and stays connected. But just can't get the 300 on line yet.
Maybe you cant have both connected to the ICV6 and if that's the case well then this is a problem.
I knew this going in, but does not have the spare impellers and cages like the older versions came with.
Its nice to have the extra parts for cleaning.
Like others have said previously the magnets are not strong enough by a long shot.
They need to go back to the dual magnet system or something.
My tanks glass is 3/8th's thick, so it would be even worse on a 1/2 thick tank and I bet unusable on 3/4.
I mounted it like I have my 200 series currently.
I want to push a vertical wall of water from top to bottom along the back of the tank.
Over 50% power and the magnets will not hold the pump in place.
I put the pump in place set for random flow at a cap of 90%.
Once it got to 50% it came off the glass began to spin in the tank and created a huge mess.
The exterior magnet of course fell behind the tank. That was fun to retrieve.
So clearly this pump can not be used if the direction of flow is 90 degrees to the magnets unless your below 50% power.
So I did a few tests. I knew this would fail but had to see.
So I took the pump and put each side pushing water in opposite directions 30% it spun off like a helicopter.
Mounted it again and had them at 45 degrees to the magnet, over 10-15 minuets time it walked up the glass over three inches.
If the flow is pushing straight back against the mount then and only then can be ran at 100%
Also I do not think the directional clips can be used in conjunction with the protective sleeves to prevent Nems and such from getting sucked into the pump.
So in the end I give my old 200 series a 5 star review. (I think they have more flow as well)
These new 300 series I can only give 2 Stars and feel I am being very generous to give that solely based on the ease of maintenance.
So Far So Good By Jamespias on 11/10/2019Jamespias would recommend this product to a friendBought this to replace an aging Icecap 3K. I've had the Icecap gyres (2 of them) for about two years now. They work well, but can be VERY noisy if not broken in, dirty, or even too clean. I decided to spend the money on the "real," gyre this time and so far it's great. The controller is basically the same as the Icecap 3k, so it's familiar. This pump puts out WAY more water than the 3k (obviously), but it is SOOOO much quieter. I'm not going to say it is absolutely silent, but I think it's unrealistic to say that anything will be. These are quieter than my old Vortech MP's and the Icecap 3ks by far, and I can't hear it running over the noise of the ATI sun power, or my overflow.
I will update this in a few months, but I'm not worried. I have it on a 120gal tank and the magnet holds great. Sure, it's not as elegant as some of the other controllers and cloud based software, but let's face it....we've become spoiled as reefers. This pump does what it's supposed to do, is quiet, and programable.
4 month update By Samuel on 10/25/2019Samuel wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe short version is that these are unreliable, the controller is prone to failure, Maxxspect has written that they are aware, and as a primary life support component of your aquarium, the risk is just too high to recommend these.
I have been running 2 of these on either side of a 6’ IM120. They replaced 2 MP40’s. They were quiet and pushed water instead of shooting it. They were great. You basically need the ICV6 controller to have any hopes of setting up random and unique flow patterns. That’s not the issue though.
The big problem is with the quality of the controller. The first time the controller died I noticed while walking out the door for vacation. The controller no longer supplied power to one of the 2 XF350’s. The pumps themselves worked fine, just one output on the controller died. I had to leave with 50% flow and pray it held out.
Maxxspect tech support was great. Basic Troubleshooting then sent me a new controller. Figured I had a lemon. Turns out that’s not the case. A week ago I noticed that the max output of either pump, despite being set at 100 on the ICV6 or controller, was closer to 10-20%. It had happened over times so I hadn’t noticed until the algae started.
I reached out to maxxspect again and this time was met with some resistance. They finally agreed to send me another controller and in that email stated “this is a known issue and we are working on a solution.”
I wish they had told me and others this immediately rather than fighting on sending a replacement. It was frustrating that they opened with “sorry man, that sucks but oh well.”
To reiterate: there is a known reliability issue with the controller meaning these pumps are
Prone to random power failure. They’re a good pump- the best when functioning- but they are not suitable for use until maxxspect
Identifies and solves the problem.
I will be replacing them with MP60’s and am frustrated that I can’t sell these in good conscience and can’t use them as backups because of the reliability problem.
Smooth Pump By Joseph on 9/21/2019Joseph would recommend this product to a friendInstalled this pump in my Waterbox peninsula 230G. This thing's very quite and moves lots of water.
It moves lots of water, but.. By Adam on 8/16/2019Adam wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis replaced a Vortech MP40 on one side of a 180 gallon tank. The other side has an MP60. These pumps can move some serious water & it is dead quiet. However....I still prefer vortechs. I find these hard to control. Mine requires 2 hands to aim the outlets, otherwise you pull it off the glass. I have to turn it down, or aim 1 nozzle down or it sucks all the sand to that side of the tank. The controller is ok, it works. But to get full features, you need the other module to be able to connect to the unit wirelessly. I dislike the preset flow options. Basically you can set the time & the Max flow, not the min. So it ramps up to 80% or whatever, then down to 10% - which is basically off. I wish you could adjust that to 30%. I also can't aim it corals, unless the flow is reduced quite a bit. It started to take the flesh off of some SPS.
I much prefer the flow of the vortech - a nice wall of flow that sucks in water from every side that still produces a great undertow effect without destroying my sandbed. I found myself having to add a tunze pump on that side of the tank to assist with the flow.
So much better than an MP60 By Jason on 6/30/2019Jason would recommend this product to a friendThese are literally half the price of an MP60 and produce far better flow. The controller is not as good, but I think the controller on the MP60s are overkill anyway. The key is water movement and price. They are very reliable in my experience. Easy to clean, easy to install. You can hook them up to a battery back up that is also lower cost than the Ecotech option. I've switched over completely to maxspects and I have never looked back.
Not stronger than MP40 By Ron on 6/25/2019Ron wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis magnet is very weak! Uses adhesive to hold the dry side in place. Poor design!
The best you can buy today By Samuel on 6/8/2019Samuel would recommend this product to a friendTLDR: They push water at a lower velocity vs the MP40. Opens up coral placement options and keeps the sand bed from moving. They’re much quieter than the MP40 too which is great. The controller was definitely an afterthought and you should budget for the ICV6. The lack of Apex control is embarrassing.
My tank: 6’ wide, 20” wide, 17” deep. I was previously using 2 MP40QD’s on either end of the tank. I had to turn them to 100% reef crest to get to the middle of the tank. The trade off was that this would create a hole in the sand bed under the pumps over time. I had them as high as they could go without making an air vortex.
I replaced them with two xf350’s. While the MP40’s blow water across the tank, the Gyre’s push water. The trade off is that I can run them at 30% max alternating and get a larger volume of water moving through the tank without the high velocity. It feels and looks much more natural.
They are dead silent even at 50-60%. I have not run them higher than this but they are much quieter than the MP40’s- which at 100% you can hear from 20’ away.
The downside: They are large. I am using the deflectors but had to keep them 2” below the water line to keep them from shooting air into the tank. In a 17” deep shallow tank that makes them noticeable. I’ll still keep playing with it but the videos showing them touching the water line don’t seem realistic.
The higher up you put them the louder the water being shoved across the tank becomes. Inarguably more pleasant than pump hum and whine but still audible. You can alleviate how noticeable it is by choosing the ramping wave mode and the off-sync mode for the second pump. The flow becomes more turbulent and random so it isn’t as noticeable.
Personally- regarding the battle between cords in the tank and “headphones” on the outside I prefer the cord in the tank. Especially when they’re up so high. You barely see them.
The cord was a bit short but my setup may be unique. The cord needed to run the 6’ of the tank and then down through a hole drilled in granite on the opposite side. It’s about 1’ too short. An extension cable seems like an easy fix and yet they still haven’t released one for this version.
The controller: it’s terrible. The manual is just ok and I was able to figure out the modes. The knob is awful. It feels cheap and sometimes jumps over your setting (which is bad when you go from 30 to 60% accidentally). The buttons and symbols don’t make a lot of sense and it doesn’t do a great job of explaining things to you. I think there’s a way to set up a gentler mode for the evening but honestly after setting up a flow I liked I didn’t even bother. I just ordered the ICV6 controller. It feels like an afterthought for a product they expect you to hook up to an Apex or ICV6; like they knew they had to include a controller but didn’t expect anyone to use it...then didn’t bother to include Apex support.
I feel strongly that they could have combined the controller with the ICV6 into a single device or system, charged me an extra $20-$30, and had a product superior to their competitors.
Coming from the ecotech live system where I can tell Alexa to set my pumps to feed mode and easily customize flow patterns to change throughout the day, this has to be the biggest drawback to the XF350’s. Especially if you’re running Radions.
Hopefully these support Apex soon. I imagine most people are waiting on the sidelines for this to happen before pulling the trigger.
Last note: I accidentally ran them in reverse mode after they had been in the tank for a few hours and extra food shot out from beneath. I would recommend you set them up to run in negative/backwards mode periodically. It seems like it helps clean them out.
Unreliable because needs firmware updates regularly By Brian on 5/16/2019Brian wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI initially loved this product. It was dead silent and put out a ton of flow. But one of them stopped working on my randomly shortly after purchase for no apparent reason. I contacted support, and they had me update the firmware. It worked again for a few weeks, but now the other channel has shut off unexpectedly and without warning. There's no apparent cause—I just noticed one day the tank had significantly less flow. I don't recommend these until Maxspect fixes these issues.
great powerhead By iceman on 4/1/2019iceman would recommend this product to a friendI have this on my 375 gallon tank and its very powerful, seems stronger than my mp60w qd I had on the tank. Its mounted on the end of my 8 foot side blowing down the entire length of the aquarium. Its been holding on great to my 1/2" to 3/4" thick glass tank
Purely Amazing Powerhead By Robert A. on 3/30/2019Robert A. would recommend this product to a friendI’ve only had this Powerhead for 48 hours now so this is an initial impression. This pump is on my 265g sps peninsula reef tank. I needed a way to get surface agitation at the long end. This pump is basically silent, the noise that it would produce is basically water moving not the pump. It’s so good!
The whole thing feels extremely well built. The controller is very precise and feels like it is a modern piece of technology, You feel like you’re holding a brand new cell phone that is the newest model. The functions available on the controller are A little bit hard to understand at first but make total sense after understanding it, it’s very well thought out after you get familiar with it. It’s definitely a five star, 10/10 Powerhead that moves water all the way down my 7’ tank.