VorTech MP40wQD QuietDrive Propeller Pump - EcoTech Marine

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VorTech MP40wQD QuietDrive Propeller Pump - EcoTech Marine

78% Recommend this to a friend (43 of 55)

SKU: 300281

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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


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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

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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  • 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....
  • Amazing pump that could By Richard at Afishionado on 7/19/2017

    Amazing pump with great technology that leaves all the electricity out of the water. Golden standard for pumps in the market that can move heavy amount of flow, great flexibility on controls as well as sleek design to the boot.
  • Using it for years!!!! By Raymond on 6/17/2017

    I have been using MP40 for years. Literally years. and in all this time I had to replace the in tank part once. This has to be the best pump/powerhead I have ever used. They are dependable!! Very Dependable, work great and I wish I never wasted time with other power heads. Its adjustments are great!. Depending on your tank requirements they have a cycle of currents you can set. I would highly and I mean Highly recommend this unit to everyone.
  • Pretty good By DanG on 5/25/2017

    I've had one of these on one side of my 90g tank and a cheep Chinese ph on the other side for over a year now. This has much better flow and water movement and I wound consider it worth the extra expense. My only gripes are the incredible cost and the slight noise made when ramped up close to 100%. These should be dead silent for the money IMO. - hence 4 stars vs 5. Having said that, one day I may get one more for the other side of the cheapo fails.
  • Expensive and poorly designed By Brian on 5/2/2017

    These things started failing within just weeks of when I bought them. The part of the pump inside my tank makes a rattling sound and then it will just slowly fall into my tank. This has happened literally dozens of times on each side. Now, it is more common to see the things at the bottom of my tank rather than stuck to the side and working like they are supposed to. I think for this amount of money they should work like a champ for years. What a waste of money.
  • Feature rich... but not built to last By David on 4/28/2017

    These pumps are unbelievably quiet and have wonderfully tremendous power. With a single pump at 30% power I can get all the water in my tank moving. With two pumps on... we'll let me just say its an impressive amount of flow. I have two pumps in my 120gal display and that is more than enough for variable flow throughout my tank. Furthermore the pumps are beautiful and the options on these things are second to none. I especially love that I can program them wirelessly from anywhere with an internet connection.

    However, If stability and reliability are at all important to you, I cannot recommend these pumps. The wet sides decouple and fall into my tank daily now (about every 6 hours as best I can tell). I've been in constant contact with customer support (Ecotech's customer support is excellent by the way) and they've cordial and offered no end of helpful advice and they have replaced my wet-sides 3 times already (completely free to me... even free shipping). I can't say enough great things about their customer support and desire to make me a happy customer... it's just these pumps are poorly designed and bottom line is they will fail. I still believe in Ecotech, they will fix these things eventually... but I recommend waiting until the next version of these once they've ironed out the kinks. That is unless you, and your tank, have the patience for daily failures.
  • Good, but doesn't last long By Andrew on 4/20/2017

    Very quiet and worked well for about 18 months then died. I've had 2 Vectra M1 die as well in the last couple of years - not sure this QD technology is up to the task.
  • Best I've owned By Chris on 4/1/2017

    These things are almost totally silent. At 100% I can't hear them from 2 feet away. They move a lot of water but it's in a more broad path than the cheaper competition. I don't feel like I need to aim them to move water through the whole tank. I like how easy I can take the wet side out for cleaning. The stock controllers are a pain though. Using a WXM of Reeflink would be a must.
  • great By Jeremy on 2/27/2017

    quiet.powerful.slick design, with no wire inside the tank.con...can not swivel the head to aim at other areas like some power heads can.
  • Excellent. By Brian on 2/15/2017

    Been running one on my 120 for 2 weeks. Shockingly quiet. Components look and feel high end. You pay for it though. Once the guilt wears off for justifying this purchase, I'll probably buy another for the opposite end. They are awesome :)