- 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
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.
Works great on my 375 gallon tank By Iceman on 3/29/2019Iceman would recommend this product to a friendThis pump replaced my mp60w qd on the end of my 8 foot long tank. Feels and looks more powerful. Like the syna-g app control as well. Waiting on apex integration then would be perfect
My first Gyre and my Last! By Ron on 3/28/2019Ron wouldn't recommend this product to a friendPoor setup instructions in manual and Coralvue’s video is inaccurate( particularly the use of the switch button). I had figure out some steps on my own. The magnet holder on the dry side is weak on my 1/2 glass tank and it has adhesive on it which once doesn’t allow you move it once it’s placed on the glass(no mention of this in the manual or their video!) The wall mount holder for the control panel doesn’t come with screws! Thanks Coralvue for making me go out to home depot at 9 pm & for cheaping out on providing 25 cents screws! Never again! I wish I could return this for and get an MP40.
Not Ready for Prime Time By Sam on 3/25/2019Sam wouldn't recommend this product to a friendMaxspect advertises that this product's magnet will hold on 3/4" or 20 mm glass. It barely holds on 1/2" or 15 mm and does not hold AT ALL on glass with only a 5/8" thickness. Further, do not purchase this item if it is your intention to mount it vertically. The impeller slides down the impeller shaft and jams. This occurred over half a dozen times within 24-hours. Still no app compatibility or control yet either.
DEAD QUITE By Scott on 3/22/2019Scott would recommend this product to a friendSo this new design I think saved my marriage. I've had two XF230 pumps on my 6' tank for about a year. I truly love the flow and power of the Gyre design, but I've not loved the mechanical design of removing and reinstalling the blades, gaskets, and bearings (terrible design). I've had nothing but issues running the XF230s with the IceCap Gyre Interface modules (can't operate below 20%, and mine at least will not produce output above about 50-55% of total output volume.), and finally the NOISE. The XF230s are loud, extremely loud. Placing the XF230s on an intermittent pulse (80% for 6 seconds) will drive any sane person completely nuts in about fifteen minutes. The unrelenting pulsing, and whine from the block motors was just unbearable.
The New XF350... While I can not speak to cleaning, or mechanical design yet (just installed mine last night) the silence is truly impressive. While these new pumps from what I've been told do not work with the IceCap Gyre Interface Modules (so still no direct integration with my Apex (unbelievable)), they are beyond a shadow of a doubt silent in operation. Additionally and as expected the output from these pumps is tremendous. I'll be running these on a 72" L x 25" D x 24" H tank that normally saw me bursting at around 80% utilization of the XF230s. These XF350s will be down around 50% at most I think so I don't blast everything in the tank....
While I (and my family) are super excited about the quietness of these pumps, I'm knocking off a star for the simple fact that it's insane and quite ridiculous that Maxspect has not included some solution for Apex integration. My inability to slow my pumps way down during Auto-feeding is a true shame.