It's BRS Recommended - EcoTech Marine VorTech Powerhead
To earn the BRS Recommended badge of approval the aquarium product must offer great value at its particular price or accomplish something truly unique for your aquarium. In many cases, it is a combination of both that brings these products to the forefront and worthy of highlighting.
EcoTech Marine VorTech powerheads come in three models, the MP10, MP40 and MP60 and are hands down the best selling pump on our website. So much so in fact that the single MP40 model alone out sells any other complete line of powerheads. Although they are one of the most expensive options, this is the rare case in which there is truly is a unique value at this higher price point that is hard to find in other powerheads.
Ease of maintenance
The first and most significant reason these pumps earn the BRS Recommended seal of approval is the ease of maintaining the pump and cleaning the components. Pumps only work as well as they are maintained because pumps slow down over time and neglecting regular cleanings can reduce performance by up to 50% or more. Leaving pumps to operate while dirty also adds stress to the motor which will reduce the overall lifespan of the pump.
Hobbyists tend to neglect this process of removing powerheads for cleaning because you are forced to remove and reroute your carefully placed cords let alone the downtime in your tank and act of soaking and scrubbing the pump.
The EcoTech Marine VorTech pumps avoid this painful process altogether. The magnetically coupled design allows you to easily remove the wet-side assembly and replace it with a clean back-up. You don’t have to reroute your cords or be left without flow while your pumps are soaking.
By keeping a replacement wet-side assembly on hand, it is literally a 10 second process and you are regaining the full power of your pump without the hassles of complete removal and cleaning. Simply soak the dirty wet-side assembly in citric acid or pump cleaner for 12-24 hours, give it a quick scrub and store it for the next replacement.
Best looking pumps around
Reason #2 for our love of EcoTech stems from the attractive and intelligent design. Most agree, they are the best looking pumps on the market because there are no cords running into your tank.
The motor assembly and cord are located on the outside of your tank which makes for a much smaller profile inside the tank but is still visible on the outside. A bit of a trade off and subjective in terms of what looks best but most agree, cords are UGLY.
Battery back-up capable
The third reason we chose VorTech pumps as the BRS Recommended powerhead is the easy to use battery back-up capability. Not having a battery backup for your powerheads should not even be a consideration.
Power outages, breaker trips, GFCI issues and even failed surge protectors do happen and a backup power source can be the only thing that keeps your tank alive. 95% of the time a power outage is short enough that all you need to do is keep your powerheads operating and the tank will sustain without any negative effects.
The VorTech battery back-up system will give you up to 24+ hours of the pump(s) running at half-speed and it switches on automatically so even in the event your away from your tank, you can be confident a short power failure will not crash your system.
This choice was likely no surprise because the VorTechs are the number one selling powerhead of BRS reefers. They are easy to maintain and ensure you get the flow you paid for, have a low profile and attractive installation with no cords in the tank and their battery backup is one of the easiest to use automatic solutions to protect your tank from the inevitable power outage. All of this combined is why EcoTech Marine VorTech pumps are BRS recommended and really sets the bar high for any other pump to even be considered.