- WAV Pump 2 Pack - Neptune Systems
WAV™ Extreme Flow for your Aquarium
Neptune Systems has been proving you ability to control your tanks in every aspect imaginable. With the Neptune Apex controllers and add-on modules, almost anything is possible.
Now with the WAV pump from Neptune, even more control is at the tip of your fingertips. For the first time, there is now a fully controllable DC pump with features like full graphing control, temperature, RPM monitoring, and much more all with the WAV pumps and 1Link module.
A powerhead that answers all your needs:
- Extreme flow (~4000+ gph)
- Compact size (less total mass compared to nearly all similar flow pumps)
- Directional flow (pivots with 40-degree range of motion and can be rotated – ideal for rear wall use)
- Safe, 24V DC operation
- Low power consumption – <35W at the wall
- Included 3 Meter cord connects WAV pump to 1Link Module
- Multiple operational modes (random flow modes, mirror, inverse, etc.)
- Easy to clean (pump automatically shuts off when removed from water)
- Incredibly Quiet (possibly the quietest driver on the market)
- Magnetic mount works on up to 1″ glass (in a class by itself)
- Easy installation with just a single skinny wire for all power and control (1LINK interface makes it a snap!)
WAV Pumps Require:
- EnergyBar 832 or 1LINK Module with free 1LINK source port (not included)
- Apex, Apex Lite, or Apex Jr. (not included)
WAV™ Extreme flow for your aquarium
The WAV moves water. Plain and simple. More than 4000 gallons per hour of it! Better yet, for the same amount of flow, the WAV is smaller, uses less power, and is quieter than the most popular powerhead pumps on the market.
Directional flow allows stealth mounting options
Unfortunately, some of the leading water moving pumps on the market only send flow in a direction perpendicular to the glass. This limits an aquarists options and, in some cases, obstructs the view. Having a powerhead that can be pointed in all directions is nothing new, but the hardware to make that happen usually takes up too much space and is unsightly. The WAV answers both of these problems with a new take on an articulating mount.
Through research, we found that most customers usually never need to point their pump at extreme angles – typically, 20 degrees one direction or another is enough. This is the approach Neptune took with the WAV, with its innovative, low-profile magnetic mount, you get up 40-degree range of motion on the pivot and then the entire pump rotates 360 degrees. This provides so many more options than flow coming straight out from the side or back of the aquarium. Imagine mounting the WAV on the back side glass or even the back wall, set an angle, and kicking the flow off the side or front glass. You get the flow where you need it and you stop blocking the beautiful side views of your aquarium!
Endless flow options for every aquarist
We know that everyone likes their flow a little bit different. So Apex Fusion controls the WAV with a multitude of patterned flow and random settings. You can even set one or more pumps to mirror or be the inverse of another. The easy to use Apex Fusion scheduling graph makes it a snap to set up huge waves in the morning, stir up detritus in the afternoon, and slow the flow at night. The movement in your aquarium can be as unique as your favorite coral!
Detailed, real-time pump status and AI
This is a first for this product segment. From within Apex Fusion, the details of the operation of every WAV on your tank can be observed. You will be able to see the mode, the RPM, the temperature range, and the current status of the pump. Apex Fusion takes this one step further, it monitors your pump parameters and then based on its AI it takes corrective action such as stopping the pump and sending alerts to you by text or email when the pump is malfunctioning.
Snails, Falls, Stalls – No Worries!
Snails and other obstructions are usually a powerhead’s worst enemy – tearing it to pieces. Sometimes just knocking a pump off of the glass will not only kick up sand all over the tank, but it can also destroy the pump or worse your favorite corals. Most pumps cannot even tell when they are out of water – cavitate furiously when doing a simple water change – or spinning themselves to ruin. The WAV has advanced sensors that dramatically reduce these events from occurring. Even taking the pump out of water for a cleaning does not require it to be powered down – it senses the condition and turns off!
Size matters when it comes to the pump wire
When it comes to any powerhead pump, the smaller the wire, the better – the easier it is to hide. This is true both inside as well as outside the aquarium. Some pumps put the wire and motor on the outside of the aquarium and claim that this has a better aesthetic – but there still is a cable. Many other manufacturers’ cables have a much larger diameter, some nearly 3x the mass.
Some of today’s most popular water moving pumps are anything but quiet. In fact, the ramping and pulsing sounds can even resonate into solid floors and be heard in other rooms. We have tested many pumps in our lab, and the WAV has one of the quietest driver systems on the market today.
FLO™ – A new measurement for your aquarium
The key to keeping a great aquarium is understanding what is going on inside, observing when things go well or badly, and then trying to understand the relationship between what you did, what you measured, and what happened.For years we have used things like Temperature, pH, ORP, Salinity, etc. to understand the best working parameters for our individual aquariums. We all know there is no magic formula, but we need this data to make decisions. We even look at the data to compare to past months or to compare to a fellow aquarist.
For years we have used things like Temperature, pH, ORP, Salinity, etc. to understand the best working parameters for our individual aquariums. We all know there is no magic formula but we need this data to make decisions. We even look at the data to compare to past months or to compare to a fellow aquarist.
Light and Flow – The two most important needs of a successful reef aquarium
Most recently a new measurement has been getting more and more traction in the reef keeping world – PAR (measurement of lighting intensity). With PAR we can look back to see how the light affected our aquariums, how it is lit now, and how we compare to our friends lighting set up. We even have a product to measure and log this with your APEX – the PMK – PAR Monitoring Kit.But what about Flow? Well known and successful aquarists worldwide often say that two of the key components to a great reef aquarium are lighting and flow. Until now there has not been a real-time method to understand the relative output of all the flow making devices (powerheads/wavemakers) in your aquarium.
But what about Flow? Well known and successful aquarists worldwide often say that two of the key components to a great reef aquarium are lighting and flow. Until now there has not been a real-time method to understand the relative output of all the flow making devices (powerheads/wavemakers) in your aquarium.
This understanding is here with the WAV and Apex Fusion. Since the WAV constantly communicates with Apex Fusion, it knows exactly how much flow it is producing and logs a new measurement standard we simply call FLO. On top of this, all the WAVs in your aquarium are aggregated giving you an overall FLO for your aquarium. Now you use this number to compare to others that use the WAV in their aquarium or simply compare to your own history of FLO in your aquarium.
1LINK™ – Easy, one-click installation
The WAV is the first of a line of aquarium products from Neptune Systems that will use a completely new interface. While many in the aquarium world continue to embrace wireless technologies for interconnectivity, we have decided to go the other direction – a wire.
Wireless connectivity from your smartphone or tablet to your Apex (or another controller) is completely logical – and we embrace that. However, wireless used for the interconnecting of devices within the confines of common aquariums (that are mostly less than 6′ long) is not only unnecessary, but it reduces reliability. Our philosophy is that when distances are measured in a few feet, wireless is a solution looking for a problem. And ironically, wireless does not save wires. You still need to use a wire to get power to the devices anyway. And let’s not forget configuration – wireless devices require syncing, endless button presses and arcane steps to get them to connect up – hopefully with you and not your neighbor. Finally, for all this “benefit,” you as the consumer get the added cost of this wireless technology that must be baked into the price of every device you buy.
So after much study of the problem, our answer is 1LINK. It is called 1LINK because there is one power supply, one module (for up to three 1LINK devices), and a one-click-connection of a wire that carries not only the power for the device but two-way communication from it to your Apex. Setup is simple, click and go.
Less wires, fewer configuration headaches, and best of all, less cost to you as a consumer!
2x Neptune WAV Pumps
Wouldn’t buy again By Sean on 6/1/2020Sean wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThey are supposed to be a smart pump but there’s really no control
Died in two years... By Jonathan on 11/7/2019Jonathan wouldn't recommend this product to a friendTwo years of normal use and one of them stopped working. Sent it for “repair”... I just got a message saying it was not repairable and I needed to buy a new one for 50% off. Same day I got that email second one stopped working. Don’t waste your money.
Pumps that don’t last By Anatholy on 9/24/2019Anatholy wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI’ve bought 4 of them over the past 3 years and each one that get to close to 2 years just quits working.
Very loud hum By Ruben on 2/12/2019Ruben wouldn't recommend this product to a friendJust hooked up the power heads. They seem to push the water well, but they have a very loud hum to them. Running about 50 percent and slower.
Good thing about them is that they where easy to set up.
Great Flow but soooo loud!!!! By Krystal on 2/6/2019Krystal wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI’ve had 2 of these on my Reefer 350 since October. They move so much water it’s incredible, but the constant high pitched him and vibration is rage inducing.
Stopped working after a year and half By Denny on 1/2/2019Denny wouldn't recommend this product to a friendHad these on my tank until they stopped working without warning. One issue with these is they wont't work without the Apex controller. My LINK1 was the first diagnosed problem. I sent it in to Neptune Systems for repair and due to being out of warranty I had to pay shipping and $50 for its repair. When returned and reinstalled my WAV pumps were still inoperable. After another round of phone diagnostics I was instructed to send my pumps in. After Neptune received my pumps I was told they could not be repaired. I was without adequate circulation in my tank for an extended amount of time.
Easy set up with good performance By Jack on 8/5/2018Jack would recommend this product to a friendThe set up was easy and the pumps are performing as I expected. I like the ability to change the flow with ease. I would recommend these to anyone who wants a high flow system.
Love these WAVs By Richard on 6/21/2018Richard would recommend this product to a friendI have been running my WAVs for ~ 1.5 years now and they haven't skipped a beat. I service them every 4 months (easy to service). Neither one has ever failed. However, for redundancy I purchased 2 Maxspect Gyre pumps and controller, and wasted $500. The Gyre pumps would freeze (plastic bearings) every 3-6 weeks and I would have to rebuild them. To help when I service the WAVs, and as a backup I recently purchased a spare WAV. I have a 165 gallon tank and run them at ~ 25%. Love the WAVs!
Loud Rattle after Two Months By John on 11/21/2017John wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI've been running these pumps for under two months. Two days ago the left pump started rattling loudly enough to hear half way across the house. Taking it apart and putting it back together again seemed to fix it.
Today the right pump stated rattling. I don't look forward to having to take these apart every couple months, especially when at some point that won't fix the rattle.
Great flow By Brad on 10/17/2016Brad would recommend this product to a friendI was reluctant to purchase these because of all the reviews saying the are too powerful.... Bahhh I say they dial back great and I run two in my standard 90 no problems. I am running pulse mode that peaks at 55%. I am so glad I didn't listen to the reviews these are perfect.
Would these pumps be too much flow for a Reefer 350 or with them dialed down will they be fine? Would be a mixed reef system.
The overview says it moves 4000+ gph, is this per pump or both of them combined?
I have the new Apex which has 3 1-Link ports on the EB832. Do I still need to get a 1-Link Module and if not, would I still need to use a power supply with these? Thanks.
One of the great things about the new Apex and Energy Bar is that it now incorporates the 1Link plugs and power supply in one. There is no need for a separate power supply as this is provided through the EB832.
How long are the cords on the pumps.