- WAV Single Pump (4000 GPH) - 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.
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 Pump Requires:
- EnergyBar 832 or 1LINK Module with free 1LINK source port (not included)
- Apex, Apex Lite, or Apex Jr. (not included)
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 pump
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!
WAV Pump Requires:
- EnergyBar 832 or 1LINK Module with free 1LINK source port (not included)
- Apex, Apex Lite, or Apex Jr. (not included)
Not a Long Term Pump By Matt on 6/30/2020Matt wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI'm down to the last of 6 that have failed. Some we're replaced within the year, those have now also failed. Support will offer to replace for 50% off once they are out of warranty. I have decided to move on to another brand.
Can’t controll By Sean on 6/1/2020Sean wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWouldn’t buy pump has a mind of its own and is loud really loud as soon as any snail goes near it
Unreliable / noisy By Luis on 2/5/2020Luis wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThese power heads can move some serious water and way it integrates with the Apex along with its features is awesome.
However, this pump lasted just shy of two years, which for the price is unacceptable. Right out of the box it was noisy but I put up with it since I only ran it at low speeds intermittently.
Currently it's on it's way to Neptune Systems to se if it can be repaired but I'm not holding my breath based on what I've seen around the internet concerning the quality of these power heads.
Still working great By Jedidiah on 1/23/2020Jedidiah would recommend this product to a friendI have had my two WAV pumps for over 2 years now and only have had to clean them twice in that time. Taking them apart is tricky but is doable. I only wish there was a quick disconnect in the wire so I could take them away from the tank without disassembling my whole wiring system. They are crazy powerful on my 186 gallon mixed reef. I would buy again in a heart beat.
Reliability issues... By jdg on 8/6/2019jdg wouldn't recommend this product to a friendJust 2.5 years old and two pumps have quit. At this price point, I'm expecting better performance. Maintenance is expected, but outright failure is just poor quality. The Reef Octopus pumps purchased at the same time continue to run strong.
Very short lived By Ben on 2/20/2019Ben wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI had one pump fail within 12 months, then the replacement pump fail 18 months later. Based on that experience, I would not recommend these.
powerful and quiet By Patrick on 1/8/2019Patrick would recommend this product to a friendI've been running this for a few months. Works great with apex and it's very quiet. I can't even tell it's on due to my loud Maxspect Gyres. Water output is fairly dispersed. The only downside is that it's a little bulky but there are always trade offs. Buying a second soon.
Extremely Loud By Chris on 12/10/2018Chris wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThey can put out some serious flow and are very programmable with the Apex so I gave them 2 stars for that, but they cause so much vibration that there is a wicked hum in the cabinet. From 1% to 100% they make horrendous vibration induced hum.
Powerful, but with reliability issues... By Brandon on 12/1/2018Brandon would recommend this product to a friendI have six of these in my tank, and boy do they make a lot of flow. They're easy to set up, and the amount of tuning you can do through the Apex controller is great.
The bad... I have had four of them for slightly over two years (just recently added the other two), and two of those have bricked. Neptune made it pretty easy to return the first one for a refurbished unit, and I just submitted a ticket for the second one and assume they will take care of me, but still... 50% failure rate after only two years is not good.
The only other issue has been mentioned by others... the impellers are extremely easy to break when removing them for cleaning, and it's $50 to replace them. I've solved the issue... just take a flathead screwdriver, and tap it with a very light hammer as if you were using a chisel. One or two taps loosens it enough to easily remove.
All in all, I would recommend these as long as you know they won't last forever.
Needs work (so does Neptune Support) By BigBossReefer on 9/13/2018BigBossReefer wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have 3 of these things... I have an Apex so I have most of their accessories for convenience. The Good: The pumps are strong, easy to hook up to the Apex, and fully controllable.The Bad: the impeller kind of locks into place and it is nearly impossible to release them by hand without slicing your fingers. Use a pair of needle nose pliers and you will eventually break the very thin ceramic shaft that connects to the magnet. I also noticed premature wearing on the impellers magnet after only 4 months.... I had to build my own custom spanner wrench out of a spare piece of acrylic to remove the impeller for basic servicing. Completely unacceptable to design a part that needs to be serviced frequently and not provide the tools to do so. Neptune charges $50 for this part.... obviously a component of their business model to keep the cash flowing. Neptune service has been 50/50 and they failed on this issue. Didn't even respond.
Very happy so far, quiet and powerful. By Patrick on 8/17/2018Patrick would recommend this product to a friendAbout 3 weeks in and this thing is great. Slightly larger than I expected but that makes sense considering the flow. Super easy to use with your apex and it's very quiet. My Maxspect Gyres are far louder. It puts out a fairly wide flow pattern for a propeller power head.
Can't Handle Full Power! By Derik on 7/26/2018Derik would recommend this product to a friendAdded a second WAV to my 72" 180G, placed it on the opposite side of the tank and was amazed at the output! I have to turn the pumps down to a max 60% otherwise substrate and coral starts moving! I love these pumps and will NEVER go back to Ecotech.
What is the minimum flow rate on the wav pumps?
The Wav pump will produce 1800 gph at the lowest setting of 1%. Make sure to let us know if you have any other questions!
Included 3 Meter cord connects WAV pump to 1Link Module
Is there a way this 3 meter cord can be extended as my control panel if much further away to link the 1Link.
As i am intending to add another two on the further side of the tank.
Thank you for reaching out to us. You can extend your Wav pumps with the
1LINK EXTENSION CABLE.
1LINK EXTENSION CABLE
Please let us know fi you need anything further and take care!
If I have the new Apex then I should not need the 1LINK module correct? I can simply buy two of these on their own instead of the WAV Starter Kit that is $500.
That is correct, the new energy bar 832 will power the wav pumps directly.
Is this powerhead too powerful for 90 gallon reef tank even at 1%? 1800 GPH seems like it should be good but I have read reviews saying it is too strong.
They are very powerful pumps but I think that turned down that low it would easily be okay. You would likely have them higher than that to create sufficient flow!
Are the "dry" side magnets waterproof? I would like to mount them on the overflows of my 180.
The outer magnet on the WAV pumps is sealed so it is fully submersible. Have a great day!
How many wav pumps can you connect to Apex and be able to control?
I currently have 2 and would like to add 2 more to my system
You can add quite a few, dozens. All you need to make sure is you have enough 1link spots. If you are currently out you will need to get a 1link module.