- WSK WAV Starter Kit - Neptune Systems
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.
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.
Yes there were issues, but Neptune takes care of thier customers By Dillon on 6/24/2019Dillon would recommend this product to a friendSo, I originally purchased a set almost three years ago (not from BRS, from my LFS). Out of the box, awesome! They can move some serious water. The programs you can run are phenomenal, if you're into that. Maintenance is simple, you don't even have to power down. They sense when they're out of water and switch off. Flaw number one, it's almost like they put Loctite on the propeller. It takes some serious effort to take apart, and the blades are in the way a bit. I found that if you use a pair of channel locks and break the unit free (right when you open the box and BEFORE you ever use them). They are easy to disassemble from there on out. If you put them in and run them for three months without doing that, it's a major PITA!. You'll probably slice a finger, break the tabs off, or break a blade off. One of mine worked flawlessly for two years and a week (one week out of warranty I did not have my receipt but had a cc statement). They covered it 50% and sold me a new pump with another 2 year warranty at half off. I wasn't exactly thrilled with that but warranty period is warranty period. The second dies three weeks later. Here's where I was thrilled. They asked me to send in the second pump for testing (I reminded them about the first going out, so they told me to send them both in), the day they received them I got an email. Your new pumps are on the way. Two pumps for free, about two months out of warranty. So now I have three! I get a spare just in case. I really hope this newer batch lasts longer because the pumps and what you can do with them is pretty freakin amazing. Everyone crys when something breaks, even when it's out of warranty but that's life.
Died within a year of use By Thomas on 5/26/2019Thomas wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI bought the starter kit for my new 100 gallon reef tank. Unfortunately, the tank delivery got delayed by 3 months during which the pumps sat dry and unused in their box.
Once the tank finally arrived I installed the WAVs and they produced the desired flow. The things that bothered me right away was the bulky size and the noise they generated.
Cleaning turned out to be a hassle as well and without quite regular cleanings they quickly drop in performance.
The first WAV failed after 11months in use and the second almost precisely on the year mark. Given the fact that the purchase date was well over 12 months from that point, there was also no longer a possibility of claiming the warranty.
I would not recommend these to anyone - there are better and more reliable pumps on the market.
Do not buy waste of money By Drew on 2/18/2019Drew wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have had these two pumps for about a year now and one has stopped working Luckily I still have my MP10s they are still running Strong for the last 6 years.
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.
is your tank smaller than 200 gallons? By Jonathan on 1/4/2018Jonathan would recommend this product to a friendI have a 90 gallon tank, trying to run 2x WAVs. First, the cord design is not bugging me. Sure, I could have gone with a wireless pump from eco-tech, but that's not even entirely wireless, since you still have a wire running outside the tank. Maybe that's a good thing, maybe not.
Second – and this is very important – these pumps are rated at 4000 GPH. At 1% power these pumps still put out a whopping 1875 GPH! Needless to say, when I'm trying to run a mixed reef aquarium on a 90 gallon (Red Sea reefer 425 deluxe XL), at its very minimum speed, it's turning my tank into a cyclone. Running two of them is even worse. Now, I just run one while I ponder this high-priced, un-returnable item.
If your tank is far bigger than mine, you might like this a lot. I haven't had any problems with the pumps failing, though they may need to be reset, as their special settings are not working. Right now it looks as though they are both spinning the same rate, regardless of the fact that I have pulse turned on for part of the day as well as, Mavericks, Malibu, etc.
Pumps Broke after 20 months By Jay on 12/9/2017Jay wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe pumps move plenty of water in my 210. Unfortunately, after 20 months, one stopped working. I submitted a ticket online with customer support and it took 3 days to get an appointment for a phone troubleshooting call. Of course, they couldn’t get it to work so I have to send it in for service.
While that unit is with them, the second unit stops working. I now have to send that into them as well and hope it’s just a cheap fix for both.
In my opinion, there is now way both units should be going bad within 20 months. As others have mentioned, having no flow in the tank is a huge problem so I’m running a bunch of smaller, cheaper ones that I had laying around. Of course, those units still work.
I expected better from Neptune. Poor reliability and poor customer service to make you wait 3 days for a service call. Lesson learned.
Stopped working in less than 2 years By Patrick on 10/28/2017Patrick wouldn't recommend this product to a friendPumps 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 10/5/2017Chris would recommend this product to a friendGreat product these things work awesome Great customer service
Terrible product for $500 By Kathleen on 6/30/2017Kathleen wouldn't recommend this product to a friendLike 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 3/24/2017Bo wouldn't recommend this product to a friendgot 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 12/14/2016Rui Gaspar would recommend this product to a friendI 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 9/11/2016Kenny D wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThese 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.
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?
What are the acc ports for? can you attach a battery back up to this unit?
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!
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?
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
I take it you need the Apex controller to control these pumps since the 1-link module has no control features...is that correct?
You will need the Neptune Apex to run these pumps. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
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
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!
What are the dimensions of the pump?
What is the minimum flow and tank size?
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!
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.
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!