VorTech MP10wQD QuietDrive Propeller Pump - EcoTech Marine

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VorTech MP10wQD QuietDrive Propeller Pump - EcoTech Marine

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Quick Overview

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

  • No hotspots

  • Three dimensional flow

  • Comprehensive flow modes

  • Ultra low-profile design

  • Safe


Full Details

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

Lagoon Mode

Lagoon Mode

Simulating a low-energy lagoon. The QuietDrive motor slowly changes, recreating the gentle currents of a lagoon environment.

Reef Crest Mode

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.

Gyre mode

Gyre Mode

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

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

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

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.


Function Modes

Feed Mode

Feed Mode

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.

Night Mode

Night Mode

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

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!


What’s Included?

1x VorTech QuietDrive Pump

1x QuietDrive driver/controller

1x Spacer

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


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  • Awesome - Good Range Too By WebCitz on 9/10/2017

    I have one of these on the side of a IM Fusion 20 and it works great. Connected to a Reeflink about 20 feet away with no problems. Did have a few ceriths climb in and chip the propeller a little. I'd recommend using the foam guard.
  • Great product. By M Caw on 8/1/2017

    Easy to use and love the controlability they offer. Would recommend these to anyone.
  • AMAZING By Ben clark on 7/20/2017

    best pump I've ever used quiet creates great flow very powerful easy to use controller I've seen a big improvement in my corals with greater poylp extension
  • I love this powerhead By Nano Karen on 7/19/2017

    I used the Vortech MP10wQD on my 28g Nanocube and I got perfect flow. I love that the motor is outside of the tank instead of inside like other powerheads, especially in nano tanks where you want the least equip in the display as possible. Easy to install and use.
  • Love/Hate relationship with these powerheads By Landon on 7/11/2017

    I have two MP10wQD's on my 55Gal and was so excited when I first installed them. They were a huge improvement, especially when I got the ReefLink and set of my own very elaborate schedule. They are powerful, offer many flow options, look slick, robustly built, come in a fancy box, the whole 9 Yards.

    The reason for my rating of 4 Stars, and some days it feels more like 3 Stars, is that for the money I payed, these units need far too much maintenance to function properly over time. Don't get me wrong, my old pumps needed constant maintenance also, and these pumps come apart easy (with the help of a channel wrench, they are quick to soak/clean, etc. but what bothers me is how often I come home and they have become disconnected and my wet side is sitting on my sanded and my dayside is bumping against the glass still running. My alignment was perfect, it was not my snails fault, I use the rubber spacer for my thin glass... they just start to seize up from calcium build-up, get hot and them pop loose.

    Maybe I'm just wishing for the impossible, for a powerhead to run longer than possible with SPS parameters and the calcium carbonate buildup. Overall, I'm very please, although I am very curious and wish I could try the Maxspect Gyre on my tank! I saw the BRSTV episode and I was very impressed with the performance and flow pattern they got from one Maxspect. I have no idea about the Maxspect's maintenance requirements or issues. In the end, I have invested too much money in EcoTech to switch for now, but I may consider switching and trying the Gyre in the future at some point. You know how this hobby goes. ;)
  • 3mo review! Junk product By Barry on 4/18/2017

    First off, the MP10 works great so i will say that. However, after just 3mo of light use(never ran above 60%, EVER!) it now sounds like a weedeater. It is so loud that I can hear it in every room of my house on all modes. VERY unhappy with this purchase! I have taken excellent care of both the wet & dry side so no reason at all that this should happen unless i got a dud..Hopefully i save someone else from flushing $285!!!
  • I must have gotten a dud By Blake on 3/25/2017

    Everyone raves about this pump. But mine is super loud, and set up is very frustrating, (I don't have a reef link)
  • Awesome Product! By Mark on 7/4/2016

    I love this product. Its sleek, and does its job really well. Works great in a Biocube. It's wide wet side allows me to turn up the flow without blowing my corals to the point where they look unhappy. I had purchased a cheaper brand but had horrible success due to the need of turning the speed down to the lowest setting because the flow was more narrow then the mp10. I had tried placing it in all different kinds of areas of my tank, but just couldn't get to a point where I could not turn it up without some of my corals looking unhappy. Finally purchased the mp10, picked a spot for it and its been doing great ever since.
  • Best pumps ou there By Alex on 5/1/2016

    These pumps work excellent. Not only do they work good but they look good as well
  • Quiet and powerful By Anton on 4/30/2016

    Using this in a 34 galloon mixed reef system. It moves a lot of water and the SPS are very happy. Connected to APEX, as such extremely easy to program. I have different movements all day, ranging from pulse, nutrient export, reef crest etc. all at different intensities to mix of the flow.
  • PERFECT FOR RANDOM FLOW By Peter on 4/18/2016

    Just added an MP10 opposite to my MP40 on my 75 gallon reef tank. Incredible flow and patterns. Would highly recommend any member of the VorTech line.
  • Great, but... By Nik on 4/9/2016

    This is an awesome product fun to play with but programming it's pretty difficult so forces you to buy the Reeflink wireless controller, I feel. Still would recommend to anyone looking for a superior powerhead.


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Product Questions

I'm planning on starting a standard 29 gallon reef tank, wI'll one pump be enough to provide enough flow for your average mixed reef?
Question by: Luis Velazquez on Dec 13, 2016 2:06:00 AM
Great question! One of these pumps will absolutely be sufficient for a 29gal tank. Down the road, you may want to add another pump for more variation in flow pattern, rather than a single point of laminar flow. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Dec 13, 2016 3:00:00 PM
Setting up a 92 corner tank would one Mp40 be enough flow
Question by: Greg on Mar 29, 2016 12:54:00 PM
Great question!
On a 92 gallon, one MP40 should be enough flow! There may be some dead spots depending on the aquascape however this will provide the base flow for the tank. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 30, 2016 11:59:00 AM
Can one VorTech Quiet Drive controller run two VorTech powerhead pumps, or do I have to buy two Quiet Drive controllers?

Question by: Eugene Blair on Jul 14, 2016 1:57:00 PM
Hey Eugene,
You can run any type of Ecotech wireless pumps together harmoniously. It doesn’t matter if they are standard wireless models or the Quiet Drive models, they all use the same radio frequency. The only requirement is that they are wireless models. : )
Answer by: Charlie (Admin) on Jul 14, 2016 3:02:00 PM
can i set this pump up for 14 gallons in my Coralife Biocube 14?
Question by: johnathan on May 9, 2016 2:25:00 PM
Great question!
This will work great on small 14 gallon tanks! Keep the intensity lower and there will be no issue.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 11, 2016 5:58:00 PM
Would this powerhead work on a Neptune Apex Controller?
Question by: Andrew Khairallah on Mar 31, 2016 12:50:00 AM
Great question!
This can work with the Apex with the additional WXM module. This will require the wireless version of the Vortech. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 1, 2016 3:49:00 PM
I have a 32 gallon bio cube and it has the sump built on the back, I would want to put the motor part (that has the electrical cord attached to it) of a MP10wQD inside the sump in the back so the spinning part is inside the aquarium on the back wall. I need to know if that magnetic motorized part with the cord is water proof, able to be submersible. If not, I have another place I can put it, in the sump, but I will need to know how many inches out the "motorized magnetic part" is, not the fan part, sticking out from back so I would know if it would fit in the sump. I have approximately 3 and 3/4 inches of room in the sump to hang the motorized piece.
Question by: Robert Rainey on Jan 15, 2017 1:15:00 PM
Hey there! You cannot submerge the wired mechanical "Dry Side". It is water resistant from minor splashes, but it is not waterproof. Your only option for mounting that pump would have to be on the side of the aquarium. :-)

Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jan 16, 2017 11:27:00 AM
Im thinking about installing 2 of the mp10wQD on the back wall of my 125 gal aquarium. Could you let me know if i need to get anything extra to have them work at the same mode and speed? Another words can i control them with only one controler?
Question by: Pawel on Aug 11, 2016 4:18:00 AM
Thanks for reaching out to us! There is no way to run two of these pumps with one single driver box. Each must utilize their own, but since they are "wireless" you can connect them to run synchronously or in anti-sync modes. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Aug 15, 2016 6:54:00 PM
I'm looking at upgrading my powerheads to the vortechs. I have a 75 gallon and have heard to get 2 mp10wqd's? Also would i have to buy two full kits or am i able to buy one kit and purchase a second powerhead to connect?
Question by: Matthew on May 11, 2016 11:51:00 AM
Great question!
The Vortech Mp10 would work great for flow, You will need to check your glass thickness as they can work up to 3/8" maximum thickness and on most 75 gallons it is right on the edge. Two individual kits will be needed, there is no add on pumps. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 12, 2016 2:02:00 PM
What is the difference between the 235 dollar vortech mp10 and the 285 dollar vortech mp10
Question by: Dave on Mar 8, 2016 8:44:00 PM
Great question!
The MP10 W will have the wireless RF chip included in the unit to communicate between more than one vortech or to the reeflink controller. The MP10 regular will not have the wireless chip and only will be programmed from the hand held controller included in the pump. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 10, 2016 12:07:00 PM
I am currently running Tunze 6095 Powerheads on my tank with a Neptune Apex. I cannot run them below 30%, which has been recommended by both manufacturers. My question is, Can I run the MP10QWD on an Apex lower than 30%m or even off?
Question by: Bill on Apr 6, 2016 2:16:00 PM
Great question!
The MP10 can be run at very low settings below 30% with the use of the WXM module. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 12, 2016 4:27:00 PM
Can the mp10wqd communicate with the mp10qd? Would it still be wireless?
Question by: joshua on Jan 22, 2016 7:24:00 PM
Great question!
The regular MP10 (non W) will not have any communication with other pumps. You can possibly upgrade the regular with the RF chip from Ecotech directly. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jan 28, 2016 3:38:00 PM
I have a 75 gallon I'm setting up should I get the M10WQD would that be enough flow and how many should I get? Or should I get the M40WQD and how many should I get?
Question by: Bernard Hodges on Mar 27, 2016 4:33:00 PM
Great question!
The MP10 could work well however it only will work on glass up to .375". Ideally two MP10's would have a great flow across the tank. If your glass is thicker you can get by with one MP40. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 29, 2016 10:35:00 AM
Would I need to buy two full kits to install a master and a slave or is there a slave version of the pump?
Question by: Andres on Feb 5, 2016 2:53:00 PM
Great question!
There is no slave pump, you will need an additional wireless vortech. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 2, 2016 12:33:00 PM
My thought is to get a IM 50 Lagoon this Fall. Would the MP10 be enough flow and still work with the 10mm glass vs 9.5mm?

Question by: Dale on Jun 26, 2016 9:33:00 AM
Great question! I would recommend two MP10s for the Lagoon 50. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jun 29, 2016 6:24:00 PM