Compatible with aquariums up to 3/4"
Max Flow - 5300 GPH
With the unique flow patterns of the Gyre pumps, you do not have to worry nearly as much about positioning and aquascaping design. The Gyres crossflow technology allows for a gentle, evenly distributed flow that considerably helps removes dead spots in the tank making them perfect for frag tanks, and shallow lagoon-style aquariums.
Recommended for aquariums up to 800+ gallons
- Super-Silent magnetic mounting
- Longer, more durable cable
- Linear flow
- Add-on pump for Advanced Gyre Controller
In most cases when choosing a powerhead, you will look into a bulky and intrusive propeller style powerhead that leaves dead spots in corners and makes you limited in coral placement due to the sheer force of the flow they need to produce. The Gyre pumps use crossflow technology to help evenly distribute the current throughout the tank without creating a single concentrated point of flow. Since the sheet of water that it produces makes a "gyre" flow pattern that is very efficient and gentle giving you more coral placement and aquascaping options. The design of the Gyre body and silent suspension mounting system keeps the entire package very low profile and super quiet.
The new Advanced Gyre Controller now lets you couple up to two Gyre pumps together off a single power supply. The two connected pumps can run in sync, anti-sync, or a couple of other modes giving you more control over the output. It now also lets you set a full 24-hour flow cycle without the need to connect to a third party controller.
If you choose not to set your own custom flow cycle, Maxspect also expertly programmed a couple of 24-hour cycles, like Lunar Tidal Cycle (LTC) or the Oceanic Gyre Cycle (OGC). On top of all of that Maxspect added new flow patterns too, like Random and Gradual Pulsing mode in addition to the traditional Constant, Pulse, and Alternating Gyre modes.
Gyre XF250 Specifications:
- Dimension - 11.8" L x 2.95" W x 2.4" H
- Weight - 1.9 lbs
- Flow Rate - up to 5300 GPH
- Power Consumption - 8w - 60w
- Min Aquarium Volume - 50 Gallons
- Max Aquarium Volume - 800+ Gallons*
- Cable Length - 10 ft (controller to pump)
1x XF250 Gyre pump
1x Magnetic Mount
1x Set of spare rotors
1x Set of Cages
1x Set of Snail Screens
Maxspect Controller/Pump Compatibility Chart
|Name||XF-230 Controller||XF-250 Controller||XF-280 Controller|
|XF-130 Gyre Pump||Yes||No||No|
|XF-230 Gyre Pump||Yes||No||No|
|XF-150 Gyre Pump||No||Yes||No|
|XF-250 Gyre Pump||No||Yes||No|
|XF-180 Gyre Pump||No||No||Yes|
|XF-280 Gyre Pump||No||No||Yes|
*Maximum aquarium volume may require multiple Gyre pumps to create desired flow rate. In most cases, it is best to install multiple smaller powerheads over a single larger to create flow in various directions and patterns.
Note - The XF250 Gyre Pump Only does not include the Advanced Controller or Power Supply which is required for use.
Amazing By Colin on 7/19/2018Colin would recommend this product to a friendI have two XF250's on a 75 gallon reef and it's complete overkill. These things move an insane amount of water for their size and price point. Personally, I think they are really inexpensive for the output and flow you get. I have multiple MP40's that have been put into storage and after using the gyres, they'll never be coming out for a reef tank again. The only way I could see the MP40's being a better fit is if someone used an unreasonable number of pumps to get super good random flow but that would also cost a fortune. Save yourself the time and headache and buy the Gyres and battery backup so you never have to worry. I promise you won't regret it!
Nice for a long tank By James on 3/24/2018James would recommend this product to a friendI originally bought 1 with the controller, thinking it would be enough for a 5' tank, but I discovered after a couple months that detritus was building up on the other side of the tank. So I purchased another, and have them on the OGC cycle and they work great together.
Power By ezell on 2/24/2018ezell would recommend this product to a friendI have one of these on a 7 foot 200 gallon and I still only have it at 60%. I originally bought 2, but have not been able to hook the other one up because you can't find the interface control module to run it on Apex. If you buy this it is well worth the money but it is only the Gyre no power cable and if you were going to set it up with Apex good luck finding a module for the 150/250. Also it does not seem noisy to me.
Power that's spread out By Cali on 11/29/2017Cali would recommend this product to a friendI have them turned down to a max of 60% in my 220 and placed about 3” from the top of the water lever and you can still see sand swirling as they shift current flow directions. I have had in place for about 6 months now. The complaints of noise are from people getting too small of units and turninf them up to 100%. Buy the size larger than the range you need and they are barely audible at all even at 60%
Deceptively powerful By jpitch on 5/21/2017jpitch would recommend this product to a friendI have a 36" x 36" x 30" cube (approx 168g). I cannot run a pair of xf250's higher than 30% or the sand will blow around too much. The flow in the tank doesn't look like much until I feed the fish. Then I notice how much flow there is. No dead spots. Noisy in the beginning. It's going to take at least a week for them to break in. Even after 2 weeks I still notice the noise but significantly less than when they were first turned on.
Extreme amounts of flow By Joey on 12/12/2016Joey would recommend this product to a friendGreat product with more flow than my 150 gallon tank can actually handle.
Do these work with Reef Keeper Elite?
I have an older Maxspect Gyre, the XF150, that just stopped working. The controller is still functioning fine. Will the new XF250 work with an old controller?
My 90 gal marine tank has an overflow in the one corner which takes up enough of the end of the tank to prevent installing my current 250 on that end of the tank. I was thinking of adding a second. Did I read that you can break one of these into TWO parts? I think I read that I can power two of these off the one controller I have that came with my original controller, correct?