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I'm interested in purchasing an mp for my 72 gallon 1/2 circle oceanic, soft corals only, will 2 mp10qd suffice or do I need to upgrade to two mp40's? Glass thickness seems to be ok for both models.
a good wave pattern, or do I need a MP1W0QD, as well as a MP10QD?
The Mp10QD pumps can push out quite a bit of flow. Having two pumps does have its benefits of needing less overall flow to keep dead spots to a minimum and the ability to change the direction of the flow. However for a smaller tank, you can easily get away with a single pump that is controllable. The biggest concern with a single pump is allowing water to flow back and forth instead of just a constant stream.
This certainly can work well! Keep in mind this work on glass up to .375" thick. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
The flow rates would work well however you will need to ensure the glass thickness is under 3/8" or the Vortechs will not mount. In many cases we are forced to use the MP40 due to the glass thickness being 1/2". Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
You can use a single mp10 on a 60 cube just fine! For ideal flow patterns you may add an extra pump to keep dead zones at bay. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
It doesn't work with with 10 mm or is just a best practice to follow?
Have a great day!
For an SPS dominant tank of that size we would suggest a minimum of two Mp10QD pumps to get it going. Then once the SPS starts to grow and branch out, you could easily find yourself needing one or two more to get flow everywhere throughout the tank depending on how much coral is in the tank, and the aquascape.
EcoTech VorTech QuietDrive Features:
In a reef aquarium, having the perfect amount of flow and water movement is crucial to the health of your animals, as well as the overall success of the tank. With the VorTech Quiet Drive, choosing the proper water circulation equipment has never been more simple. VorTech pumps are designed by aquarists to be the standard in wave-making technology:
- Create massive water movement - Adjustable flow rates with included controller allow you to dial in a setting that is tailored to your aquarium
- No hot spots - With its broad flow pattern, the VorTech QuietDrive eliminates "flow hot spots"
- Three-dimensional flow - A unique patented design is unrivaled in creating three-dimensional flow conditions and gyres
- Comprehensive flow modes - 12 different flow modes allow you to choose the best setting for happy corals and fish
- Ultra low-profile design - With its patented design, the VorTech QuietDrive is the least visually obtrusive pump on the market
- Safe - No electrical components in the aquarium greatly reduces the risk of electrical shock to you or your animals.
Multiple Flow Modes
Simulating a low-energy lagoon. The QuietDrive motor slowly changes, recreating the gentle currents of a lagoon environment.
Reef Crest Mode
Simulating currents found around high energy reefs. The pump changes speed frequently emulating crashing waves and tidal surges.This is a great mode for SPS corals.
Uniform circular flow creates motions that help transports water from one side of the tank to the other. With two pumps paired in Gyre Mode, you can oscillate between a clockwise and counterclockwise gyre that lasts from 2 seconds to 2 hours.
Short Pulse Mode
Strong short pulses that can be set at intervals of 0.2 seconds up to 2 seconds. This mode can create a standing wave in your tank with the correct frequency.
Tidal Swell Mode
A harmonic balance of the ever changing conditions found in the ocean. TSM will vary from calm flow all the way up to chaotic high flow and it even has a pre-programmed detritus cleaning surge that will help suspend particles to be swept into the filtration system.
Nutrient Transport Mode
NTM is programmed to create a two-phase circulation flow mode. Phase one consists of wave motions to help stir up and suspend detritus while the second phase incorporates surging motions to help push particles towards the overflow and down into the filter system. This is our favorite mode and is especially great for sensitive corals like LPS and SPS.
Pause all of your wireless Ecotech Pumps at the push of a button. Pumps will turn down to an idle speed allowing you to feed your tank without the food being pushing into rocks or into the filtration system.
Simulate a calmer environment for night time hours. Night Mode can be enabled or disabled with custom hours programmed to automatically turn on and off.
Wave Auto Tune Mode
Create a standing wave in your aquarium to help sweep detritus and other foreign particles from the sandbed. It is amazing what will magically float out of the rocks when a standing wave is created. We highly suggest pairing two wireless pumps for this mode to get the full effect!
1x VorTech QuietDrive Pump
1x QuietDrive driver/controller
1x Mounting hardware kit
1x Power supply
|VorTech QuietDrive Quick Compare|
|Pump||Wireless?||Max Flow Rate||Tank Size||Maxiumum Tank Thickness||Power Consumption|
|MP10QD||No||1,500+ GPH||2.5 to 50+ gallons||0.375 inches (9.5mm)||8 to 18 watts|
|MP10wQD||Yes||1,500+ GPH||2.5 to 50+ gallons||0.375 inches (9.5mm)||8 to 18 watts|
|MP40wQD||Yes||4,500+ GPH||50 to 500+ gallons||0.75 inches (19mm)||9 to 38 watts|
|MP60wQD||Yes||7,500+ GPH||120 to 1,000+ gallons||0.375 to 1.00 inches (9.5 to 26mm)||10 to 60 watts|
the best out there By mark on 7/24/2017mark would recommend this product to a friendThis is the best power head out love how easy it is to use and that you have full wireless control worth the cost for such a good power head we now run 5 at home in our tanks
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High quality, quiet pump By Paul on 4/3/2017Paul would recommend this product to a friendGreat quality pump as you would expect from Ecotech. Certainly not the cheapest, but known for reliability. The China made pumps typically don't last and are more likely to fail or crack and leach metals into the tank. When set up as directed, the pump is silent. Great pre-programmed modes.
Ecotech customer service - not good... By Geckoejon on 3/22/2017Geckoejon wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have been given the run around from eco tech customer service over getting product info for several mp10's that I already own. I sent several emails and left a voicemail, without results. I asked for the output voltage and amp rating on the power packs... Seems like "high end" equipment with a high price would have better customer service...
Best upgrade I've done to my tank yet. By Zachary on 1/17/2017Zachary would recommend this product to a friendBefore purchasing the Vortech MP10 I had two Hydor Koralia 600GPH matched with the Hydor Smart Wave Controller, and the difference is unbelieveable. And I only got one! The output of this pump is easily twice the output of both of my old pumps combined. I am extremely happy with the quality and ease of operation. I will be purchasing a second one in the upcomming weeks. If you're on the fence about buying this pump for yourself, i'm telling you to take the jump and get it, you won't regret it.
Great pump By Avkidd on 11/14/2016Avkidd would recommend this product to a friendGreat pump and very strong I have a 55g display tank and it is only running at 50% and I love to program ablility for future upgrades
Loud By Erik on 8/19/2016Erik wouldn't recommend this product to a friendBought this last week and straight out of the box it was incredibly loud. Gave it a few days to see if it quiet down. It didn't. I emailed ecotech with a video of the noises and they are sending me a new dry side. Functionally the pump is awesome all the different modes are great and it moves a lot of water for its size and it looks great in the tank. But for the money it's a little ridiculous this happened right out of the box. Plus the shipping service they use says it's going to take over a week to get me the new dry side. Guess I'll have to put up with that loud pump for week.
Should've been my FIRST pump By Todd on 5/23/2016Todd would recommend this product to a friendAs a new reefer, I "saved" money and went with cheaper eBay brands for my first two pumps. While they did an "ok" job they both lasted less than a year each before going caput. I finally made the investment for a Vortech based on their impeccable reputation in the reefing community. I'm glad I did, from the packaging to the build quality to the support this thing is TOP NOTCH. I'm now a customer for life.
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