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)
Best power head you can buy imo By richard on 10/20/2017richard would recommend this product to a friendI've used a lot of different power heads over the years and the all have there pros and cons I love mp40 pumps but the lack the ability to turn and it is kind of a nuisance,then I went a cheap route and tried those China jebao wp 40 and the 25 version out the box they are great but in time loose massive power even keeping them clean so I wanted to try the apex wav I only purchased one due to my skepticism of some reviews which I noticed most was rather old so maybe during rollout they had issues but the one I installed last night no noise at all produces way more flow then I will ever need and you can just hold it in the hand and feel the quality..my only complaint is the dry side o ring on the magnet should be glued in or replaced with solid rubber because the magnetic is so strong when u try to move the pump in the tank it pulls the o ring out I just superglued mine in and fixed the issue but then again how often do you slide a power head across the glass mainly just when setting up so it's no big deal at all absolutely hands down if it last long best pump u can buy for 199
well made, lots of control, but louder than expected By Dustin on 12/27/2016Dustin would recommend this product to a friendI am using these on a 300 gallon peninsula, wall side facing straight out 8 foot length of tank. They move the water very well and have lots of functionality when connected to my apex controller. Currently curing rocks and playing with settings. When using the premade cycles they are much louder than expected. Even when running at 50% on a constant setting there is a pronounced hum. I have cheaper powerheads on smaller tanks that don't make this much noise, but then again they are not moving near this much water. Seem to be good quality and sturdily built.
Agree with Brad By JOHN on 11/28/2016JOHN would recommend this product to a friendI listen to all of the naysayers and bought two Tunze 6055 for my 60 cube. I just couldn't resist the Black Friday deal and bought one pump. Very nice pump and no problem with flow as you can adjust it down as needed. Now my brand new build is designed for high flow with Special Grade sand. I get a little sand movement that is perfect for the high flow SPS down the road.
Great flow By Brad on 11/1/2016Brad 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.
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That is correct, the new energy bar 832 will power the wav pumps directly.