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WAV Starter Kit WSK - Neptune Systems

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WAV Extreme Flow for your Aquarium

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 – great for rear wall use)

  • Safe, 24V DC operation

  • Low power consumption – <35W at the wall

  • 3 Meter cord connects WAV pump to 1Link (included)

  • 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!)


Full Details

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.


Starter Pack Includes

  • Two (2) WAVs
  • 1LINK Module
  • 100W 24VDC Power Supply
  • 3′ AquaBus Cable


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 really 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 – usually 20 degrees one direction or another is enough. This is the approach we 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 that 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 flow 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 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 – cavitating 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!

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 other 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 really 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 simply click and go.
Less wires, less configuration headaches, and best of all, less cost to you as a consumer!


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 wire.  Many other manufacturers’ cables have a much larger diameter, some nearly 3x the mass.

Quiet Operation

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.
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 reefkeeping world – PAR (measurement of lighting intensity). With PAR we are able to 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.

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.


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  • Stopped working in less than 2 years By Patrick on 10/28/2017

    Pumps worked great after installation. It was an easy setup. Even with regular maintenance first pump failed after a year and 10 months. Second pump failed a month later.
  • Great product By Chris on 10/5/2017

    Great product these things work awesome Great customer service
  • Terrible product for $500 By Kathleen on 6/30/2017

    Like others my WAV pumps quit just after the warranty ended despite everything looking okay on Fusion. If you check the Apex Community Forum, there are lots of people having this problem. I don't use KALK, I gave them a vinegar bath every few months, etc. - As one unhappy owner put it, "Neptune makes great controllers, but if you want a great pump, buy it from a pump company." I feel like I bought in too quickly to this product. Also as others have said they are a nightmare to clean. BTW, my 5 year old Vortechs (which were put away when I got the WAVs) are back on the tank and are working perfectly.
  • short life for WAV By Bo on 3/24/2017

    got the starter kits with 2 WAV February 2016. Great when they work. One pump just died after 1 year, I am getting a gyre instead when the 2nd WAV quits - i know it is coming. Terrible product for $500.
  • Very satisfied By Rui Gaspar on 12/14/2016

    I waited 1 month before writing this review ...
    Overall I am very happy with these pump. They move a lot of water and my problem was to place them and dial them to a way it provides enough flow for my tank without displacing sugar size sand.
    The amount of flow produced by these is absolutely amazing.
    Cleaning so far it's easy although the adjustment of the pump angle was easy in the beginning and now it's a little more stiff.
    The mode available are very good and I consider these as flexible as the Vortech with adjust-ability of Tunze.

    I have only one comment: Even if Neptune claims the pump are silent they produce more noise than the Tunze.

    Aside from that I am very happy with the purchase and I will get next year 2 more to replace my last 2 Tunze.
  • Dont buy these pumps By Kenny D on 9/11/2016

    These pumps froze after less than six months of use. Neptune denies the noise that they emit. Of course they think they are the best, they have created the best controller on the market. Their pumps on the other hand are junk. I have had Tunze streams going on 8 years in the same tank with no problems ever.
  • pitched noise By luis on 8/17/2016

    That noise that get in your ear drum drives you crazy
  • Not so great over time By KC on 8/2/2016

    This is an update to my earlier review after 6 mos. of use. They still have very powerful flow... but what a mess to CLEAN!!! Unlike my Vortechs you have to take the whole thing including the wires out to clean the power heads... so I'm not so happy with this purchase after all. If you have a huge tank maybe the extra flow is worth it, but the Vortechs are much better over time. I would have purchased an extra Vortech if I'd known what a dripping mess these powerbeads are to disconnect & clean.
  • Support is bad. Snail Mail Bad. By Chuck on 7/11/2016

    17 Days ago I open a support ticket telling Neptune that 1Link reports both pumps as missing. 15 Days ago they authorized me to send the power supply and 1link back to them (at my expense) for repair. 6 days ago, they said they were sending them back after warranty repair.

    Got them back today. Still not working . . . and still no voice contact with Neptune Representatives. So back to playing E-Mail tag, and a couple more weeks without these pumps working.

    This is ticket #60740. Hopefully BRS allows me to edit this if/when this issue is resolved.
  • Not what they're made out to be By Francisco on 6/3/2016

    These pumps may require less wires than the competitor, but the strange pitched noise the pumps produce has driven me nuts since installation. Also, the installation may be straight forward, but be sure you're very Apex savvy to get them programmed in any short amount if time. The bells and whistles and customization is nice if you want/need it, but these pumps DON'T allow for basic users that like true plug and play.

    My main gripe with Neptune is their "warranty" support. If my EcoTech product breaks, they send me a new replacement out ASAP and then I end the broken part back, that way no downtime. Neptune make YOU pay to mail the defective product back to them, then wait for them to agree if the part is covered under warranty, THEN they will eventually mail you the replacement. This is not what any reefer knows is an ideal situation when something goes wrong. Also, they have a phone number that they actually answer. Neptune has a useless phone number that just rings. There's nothing like talking to a real person, especially with diagnostics and product help. The Neptune email support leaves much to be desired. I just think that for the $500+, You can get a higher quality product from a company that does a LOT more the stand behind their products and keep their customers happy with as little down time as possible, without incurring any further costs to fix a waranteeable problem, let alone make them pay to ship it to them. I'm going back to my VorTechs.
  • Good Flow By leepink23 on 3/12/2016

    I have had these about 3 weeks now. I also hear the high pitched noise and am communicating back and forth with Neptune about this. I love the flow patterns, very adjustable and creates good movement in my tank. The mounting option is nice as it does allow some adjusting but not as much as I had hoped. Works great with Apex fusion software. Overall I really like these and if it didn't have the high pitched noise would be a 5 star.
  • So far, so good... By G Blassen on 2/28/2016

    These pumps are very powerful. I've been using a single Vortec MP40 in my 90g, so this is a huge upgrade. I'm running the pumps at 15% and have plenty of flow.

    I heard the same high pitched whine reported by another user when I first installed the pumps and used the default programming. It doesn't seem as bad after dialing the pumps back a bit. The sound has the same characteristics as the high-pitched whine I get from my return pump after upgrading to ceramic bearings.

    The pumps seem well-built and the programming options are excellent. It's taking time to find the best setup for my system, but I'm very happy with the purchase so far.

    One minor concern is that the twist lock design of the prop will become difficult to unlock in the future. The pumps are only a couple weeks old and I don't have the finger strength to get the props out of the motor housing. We'll see whether that becomes an issue once I get them out of the tank and really break them down for cleaning.


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Product Questions

how long is the 1-link cable? That's the limiting factor on how how far away the power heads are from the 1-link module right?
Question by: Todd on Aug 21, 2015 1:25:00 AM
The WAV pumps comes with a 3 Meter cable that will allow them to connect directly to the 1Link Module. The WAV Starter kit does include a 3 foot AquaBus cable as well, but if you need a longer one they are available separately.. The 1Link Module will attach directly to the power supply to support the power needs of up to 3 WAV pumps.
Answer by: Charlie (Admin) on Feb 2, 2016 7:33:00 AM
what are the acc ports for? can you attach a battery back up to this unit?
Question by: jacob on Sep 11, 2015 9:02:00 PM
Great question!
Hopefully in the near future there will be a battery back up option available directly from neptune systems. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Sep 14, 2015 4:51:00 PM
I purchased 3 powerheads originally for a 225 mixed reef now looking into selling the 225 and getting a new tank, 96" long x 32 deep x 29 tall, will these be enough flow for a mixed reef or will I need to buy another setup?
Question by: Matt schroeder on Apr 17, 2016 1:11:00 PM
Great question!
If the 3 power heads are the WAV from Neptune system they certainly will be able to handle the flow rates. You will want to look for dead zones and possibly consider adding an additional if a dead spot is found.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 20, 2016 6:47:00 PM
I'm thinking purchasing the Wave starter kit the one thing holding me back is some reviews state that even at 1% flow its still very strong causing sand storms. Obviously tank size and sand texture will contribute but are they too much for my tank 24"x40"x18" high with medium textured gravel? I plan on mounting them to the back wall.

Question by: Jim Tansey on Feb 1, 2016 7:43:00 AM
Great question!
The lowest setting on the pump would be adequate for around a 55 gallon tank at the smallest. Overall this can work well on your system however is a rather intense pump which would need to be reduced down. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 4, 2016 6:46:00 PM
planning on setting up my 220 here soon and was wondering if this starter kit would be enough flow with one on each end and with the new apex module coming out soon these will no longer need the power adapter to run either? so they will plug in directly
Question by: MATT on May 26, 2016 2:05:00 PM
Great question!
The Flow with 2 will be just about perfect on a 220. For the power supply the 1link module will be built into the new EB832 power bar on the new apex unit and no additional power supply will be needed. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 2, 2016 3:59:00 PM
I take it you need the Apex controller to control these pumps since the 1-link module has no control features...is that correct?
Question by: Chris on Apr 4, 2016 11:54:00 AM
Great question!
You will need the Neptune Apex to run these pumps. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 7, 2016 10:48:00 PM
Would these be to strong for the 93 gallon cube that's 30x30x24 or could I just use one of the two to run ? Thanks
Question by: Dan on Mar 11, 2016 9:45:00 AM
Great question!
These can be adjusted to work with a wide variety of tanks. Overall they will be great with a 93 gallon. You can run one at a higher intensity instead of having 2 full units in the tank as well, however to keep dead spots down you may want to consider two at lower levels. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 11, 2016 10:59:00 AM
2 Questions

What are the dimensions of the pump?

What is the minimum flow and tank size?
Question by: Sean Brown on Jan 21, 2016 4:57:00 PM
Great question!
The pump is 4.5" long, 3" tall and 3" wide (at the base). This is designed for large systems around 75 gallon or bigger. the minimum flow is not an exact number however would be approximately around 600 GPH or so. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jan 27, 2016 7:44:00 PM
Hello, is there an option to only get one power head with module ? I have a Red Sea 130D and I have seen multiple reviews where in smaller tanks they are to strong. I am looking at getting the Apex Gold but need to replace a MP10 and this would be an excellent replacement as it will be a complete Apex system.
Question by: Jason on Feb 2, 2016 10:07:00 PM
Great question!
The WAV pump would be way too large for the Red Sea 130D. We would not recommend going for it as both space in the tank and flow would be too great. Overall a pump around 300-500 GPH would be much better suited. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 24, 2016 5:20:00 PM
Can you please give me an idea of the size of the pump so I can work out if it will fit into my existing set up? Length, breadth, depth and diameter of prop head would be great. Thanks
Question by: Mike Catris on Jan 12, 2017 9:54:00 AM
Great question! This pump is 4.25"L x 3.125" W x 3.25" H and the housing is close to 10" in diameter. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jan 12, 2017 3:05:00 PM