Neptune Systems

WSK WAV Starter Kit

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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!)


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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Product Questions

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 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 on Jan 12, 2017, 3:05 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 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 on Jun 2, 2016, 3:59 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 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 on Apr 20, 2016, 6:47 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 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 on Apr 7, 2016, 10:48 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 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 on Mar 11, 2016, 10:59 AM
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 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 on Feb 24, 2016, 5:20 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 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 on Feb 4, 2016, 6:46 PM
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 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 on Jan 27, 2016, 7:44 PM
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 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 on Sep 14, 2015, 4:51 PM
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 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 on Feb 2, 2016, 7:33 AM