VorTech MP40wQD QuietDrive Propeller Pump - EcoTech Marine

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VorTech MP40wQD 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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  • Zero stars By Mike on 11/6/2017

    I definitely won't recommend this product, they started to fail in the first two months. It's been a long nightmare; we've been communicating back and forth with ecotech for 8 months. They changed the dry sides of the two mp 40 qd that I bought that didn't work then I sent them for " services ". They were returned to me in working conditions, or at least that's what they said. A couple of weeks later, they began to turn on and off. I called them and they they told me to send them back so they could be "serviced". Again, they replaced the dry side again and it didn't work, then I sent them again to be serviced. They supposedly fixed it, but it only took 24 hours until the powerheads broke again. Now I have 700 bucks wasted and sitting under my cabinet. I'm just tired to dealing with them, definitely not worth the money ...... Great marketing though!
  • Waste of money By Jorge on 11/3/2017

    These pumps are garbage. I have two of these and the wet sides fall in constantly. Furthermore I had one of the wet sides rupture and rust out. I've replaced the heads (admittedly free of charge) 3 times each over the past year and 1/2. I know it is just a question of time. One or both of the heads will fall in so you clean it... then the other will fall in again. Before you know it they're broken and in the tank more than they're working and you have to call customer support again. I have Ecotech customer support on speed-dial. Forget these pumps... save your money and buy ANYTHING else.
  • Price doesn't equal quality/longevity By Jason on 11/3/2017

    I have had this pump for 2 years and it is dead in the water. The power supply seems to have gone out. An ecotech representative let me know it would be 50.00 to replace it. I paid the extra money for this pump and expected a longer life out of it, especially a power block. I have my first 2 jaebo pumps and a maxspect gyre still going strong after 4 years of service. For 50.00 they are letting a repeat customer go. Keep this in mind when spending your hard earned dollars.
  • DON'T DO IT By Frank S. on 10/31/2017

    I most definitely do not recommend buying this product.

    I've had two MP-40 QDs for less than a year, and since the beginning all I've had was problems. They start and stop whenever they want, and the drivers flash red and yellow lights. I alerted the company, and they sent me the dry sides for both power heads. That didn't help, and the issue continued. I talked to them again and they asked me to send both units so they could look at them; they promptly sent them back and told me that they looked at them and they were fixed. I put them back in the tank and everything was fine. However, after a few weeks, the problem returned.

    Long story short, I sent the whole units two times, they sent me two dry sides two times, and yet the problem remains. When I asked them why they keep sending me replacement parts instead of correctly fixing my powerheads, they just continued giving me BS.
  • Wetside Magnet Rusting! By Tom on 10/30/2017

    I've been an Ecotech Fanboy for several years. Love the pumps, especially the QD's. Customer service is great and they really are a good company. But my recent issue with the wetsides rusting is a serious concern for me. It's just not something I would even think to associate Ecotech with.

    It started with a wetside that would spin the decouple. I took it apart and found it was warped and rusted. I can accept motors, power supplies, electronics, and wetside mechanical failure. But rusting is unacceptable as this type of failure can kill livestock if gone unnoticed for too long.

    I contacted tech support and was told this is not a common issue. Yet after doing some research I found a few forums that would make me think otherwise. Also, after looking at some other reviews about corals dying and wetsides decoupling I wonder how many are having the same rusting issue but just didn't think or know how to take apart the wetside to check for rust.

    What would normally be a 5 star review on this product I have to give it 2 stars. That’s only because they are replacing under warranty. I have a total of 3 MP40QD pumps. 2 purchased new and one upgraded. 2 out of the three magnets are rusting. The upgraded pump is still using the original magnet that is 7 years old and is not rusted. Since the rust is only with the QD wetsides I really feel this is an engineering or factory defect. Clearly something changed and not for the better.
  • Cannot beat it By Louis on 10/24/2017

    Once you have seen one in action in the flesh, its clear that these are the best wave makers on the market right now. I was surprised by how quiet they where, the build quality is awesome, its solid. The controller is so smooth and well built. It really is the best of the best.
  • Should of gotten one of these since the get By Roberto on 9/26/2017

    So ,I got my first one a couple of weeks back due to another JEBAO PP20 going bad, I had them connected to my APEX thru the adapter for Jebaos, well never going back. I also purchased the WXM and its working perfect, and super easy to set up. Have the different modes working at different times, and cleaning its very easy.

    I highly recommend these to anyone, if you think about it, I went thru 3 PP20 which are 80 bucks each in a year and a half, pretty much the cost of and MP40.
  • Unreliable By Mikhail on 9/17/2017

    Even though they cost lots of moneys I bought these because they pretty and no sounds and lots of powers. But now everyday they fall in tank and don't pump. Coral die. Only 6 months and i buy two different pump because these unreliable. I hate these pump.
  • Love it By Zaffor on 9/17/2017

    Upgraded from MP40 and I had to lower the percentage to keep sand from moving around. Whatever magic they put in this little black box WORKS! Has to be one of the cleanest powerheads to install. Overall happy with my purchase.
  • Quiet and effective! By Adam on 9/4/2017

    Incredibly quiet and customizable more than any other power head. Buy with confidence.
  • The Best Powerheads You Can Get By Dennis on 7/21/2017

    The lowest in-tank profile, incredible flow, dead silent, and fully controllable. Plus you get some of the best customer service in the industry while supporting an American company. I've tried the others but there is always various aspects of the Vortechs that keep them in my tank.
  • Love this product By dp4610yz on 7/20/2017

    I have used both the MP40WES and now the MP40QD version... totally loving the latest version...it is super quiet...and also the amount of control...and modes...it is amazing.... Love the reduced bulk in the tank....


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Product Questions

How many would you recommend on a 60x24x24 sized tank.

Could I get by with one a a mostly LPS dominant tank?
Question by: Jay McGahan on Dec 2, 2016 8:42:00 AM
Great question! Two of these pumps would be perfect for your tank! :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Dec 2, 2016 8:43:00 AM
I have a 24x24x24 cube which powerhead would be the best fit Ecotech or Maxspect gyre and which one?
Question by: Ryan Espinoza on Apr 24, 2016 11:06:00 PM
Great question!
Both will work well! The Mp40 as a low profile easy to use features with no cables in the aquarium. The Gyre if you are looking for the unique gyre flow across the entire tank. Both will suit your needs perfectly! (The xf130 would be a great fit)
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 27, 2016 2:26:00 PM
What are the dimensions of the dry side component?
Question by: Chris Beltzner on Apr 11, 2016 11:22:00 PM
Great question!
The Diameter is 3" and the thickness is 2.25". Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 14, 2016 5:24:00 PM
I have a 300 gallon 8 ft long peninsula tank. I was thinking of getting 2 mp40's and wondering if this will be enough to move the water from one end and back as I plan to have both pumps on the end that is against the wall instead of one on each end.
Question by: Lori Willis on Jan 14, 2016 7:18:00 AM
Hey there!
With the MP40 they would tend to be a little small for the 8' length you will be needing. Overall you will need an option such as the MP60 to get the correct flow across the full length of the tank. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jan 14, 2016 3:06:00 PM
I have a tunze 6055 and would like to mix it with either an mp40 or mp10 for circulation on my 65 gallon (36x18x24)mixed reef. Would the mp 10 be enough or would I need to get the mp40?
Question by: Clay Wilcox on Mar 19, 2016 11:53:00 AM
Great question!
An additional MP10 would be a great fit for a 65 gallon tank! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 21, 2016 11:39:00 AM
Is the product 220-240v compatible?
Question by: Zachary on Jan 16, 2016 9:11:00 AM
Great question!
We are only aware of the products designed for use in North America. For voltage specific products you can contact the manufacturer directly to see if they have an international market available.
EcoTech Marine – 610-954-8480 service@ecotechmarine.com
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jan 26, 2016 5:25:00 PM
How long is the power cord from dry side to outlet?
Question by: Mike on May 19, 2017 12:39:00 AM
Hey there,
Ecotech has specific the following information:
Electric Cord Length (total): 201" (5.1 m)
Electric Cord Length (pump to controller): 96" (2.4 m)
Electric Cord Length (controller to transformer): 59" (1.5 m)
Electric Cord Length (transformer to plug): 46" (1.17 m)

Have a great weekend!
Answer by: Zack (Admin) on May 19, 2017 9:09:00 AM
Will one MP40xQD be enough for my 125 gallon mixed reef tank (72" wide).
Question by: Jason Eddy on May 11, 2016 7:49:00 PM
Great question!
One Mp40 could work to great enough flow at a higher output however the flow pattern will be limited. We recommend two or at least another pump to break up the flow and eliminate dead zones. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 12, 2016 4:21:00 PM
I'm planning on getting a 220 gallon tank will the MP40wQD be enough?
Question by: Tony Bily on May 11, 2016 9:36:00 PM
Great question!
Two of the MP40's would be a fantastic option for a 220 gallon tank. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 16, 2016 9:24:00 PM
I have a 24x24x24 cube. I think my flow needs would be somewhere on the high end of the MP 10 and the low end of the MP 40. I would like the powerhead to be very quiet. Will I see much difference in the noise of these two pumps with the MP10 running high power or the MP 40 at low power?
Question by: Gregory Butner on Nov 8, 2016 1:23:00 PM
Great question! With the newest QuietDrive technology from EcoTech Marine, both of these pumps are extremely quiet! As far as flow requirements for your cube, I would recommend the MP40s over the MP10s. It is a nice feature that you can dial down the flow of the MP40s rather than hope the MP10s will be enough at full power, better yet, they will grow with you for a future tank upgrade! ;-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Nov 8, 2016 6:49:00 PM
I have a 72 gallon bow front mixed reef tank. How many powerbeads do i need? Is one mp40 good enough, two mp10s? two mp40s?
Question by: Jeff on Feb 24, 2016 3:05:00 PM
Great question!
Overall 2 powerheads can create more unique flow in the aquarium which may be the deciding factor. We would recommedn 2 MP10's as long as the glass thickness is 3/8" or under. If the glass is thicker you may need the MP40. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 24, 2016 3:09:00 PM
These say they have a night time mode, is that setting achieved manually?
Can the Reeflink be programed to control the night mode it so it goes on/off automatically so I don't have to do it.
If the Reeflink can be programed to control the pump and you hit feed mode does it go back to the program after the feed mode time is up?
Question by: Melanie on Feb 1, 2016 8:47:00 AM
Great question!
The night mode will trigger and last for a set amount of time if manually programmed to do so per the instructions. The same will go for the feed mode. In Reef link you will be able to further program the settings to turn on and off at specific times or after the original feed mode has been set. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 17, 2016 4:16:00 PM
Is the mp40qd apex compatible? Assuming I have the wxm module?
Question by: Heidi Clark on Mar 11, 2016 9:19:00 AM
Great question!
The MP40 QD is compatible with the WXM module for the apex. All Mp40's will come with the wireless chip installed. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 11, 2016 9:25:00 AM
Is this just a single pump or two? I have a 72"x24"x24" 180 gl tank. Will one pump be sufficient?
Question by: Mark Steffen on Jul 23, 2016 1:11:00 AM
Hi Mark,
The Ecotech MP40WQD pumps are sold individually. On a 180g tank, as a reef tank you would want to get at least two pumps since one most likely won’t be able to provide flow once the rock and corals are added. By having two pumps, you can truly create random flow from multiple directions. We find having a single flow direction can actually hinder coral growth and lead to some un-natural growth patterns as well.
Answer by: Charlie (Admin) on Jul 24, 2016 10:53:00 AM
I have a older oceanic 210 aquarium. Being that its a oceanic, it 3/4 inch glass. Would a mp40 still work thru it?
Question by: Dustin on Nov 2, 2016 9:22:00 PM
Hey Dustin,
The Vortech Mp40 pumps will work on glass thicknesses of 3/16′′ – 3/4′′. This will work just fine.
Answer by: Jason Smith (Admin) on Nov 8, 2016 7:24:00 AM
Will one driver operarate two wireless power heads and if so can you buy an extra power head without a driver?
Question by: Michael Beagan on Jun 5, 2017 1:39:00 PM
Each powerhead connects directly to its driver, and drivers can only control one pump. If you get the wireless pump drivers, they do have the ability to be synchronized wirelessly with each other for different flow modes.

Happy reefing!
Answer by: Zack (Admin) on Jun 12, 2017 1:37:00 PM
Will the new wireless qd pumps communicate with the previous generation wireless pumps?
Question by: Thomas German on Jan 3, 2017 6:44:00 PM
Great question! The wireless communication will work for all EcoTech products, old and new, as long as they have "wireless" RF Chip installed. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jan 11, 2017 1:29:00 PM