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. By connecting two pumps, they 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 2.9" 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) 5 ft (power supply to controller)
Power Supply Specifications:
- Model - GM85-240400-F
- Input Voltage - 100/240vAC 50/60Hz
- Output Voltage - 24vDC 4A
- Weight - 0.7 lbs
1x XF250 Gyre pump
1x Magnetic mount
1x Advanced Controller
1x Controller mount
1x Power supply
1x Set of spare rotors
1x Set of directional 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.
great product By dalbert on 11/19/2017dalbert would recommend this product to a friendgot this and tunze.the tunze was junk but this is still goin strong
I am impressed By Greg on 8/31/2017Greg would recommend this product to a friendAs other have said, it moves a LOT of water! Installed in my 5 ft. 115 gal mixed reef, as soon as I tured it on a bunch of "stuff" kicked right up from everywhere. 50% default start was to much, I have it no higher than 30% and lower than 10%. At 30% it is just barely audible, silent otherwise. Not really annoying, we'll see if it calms down. Programming is difficult at first, as the manuals are next to useless, but Coralview has excellent video to show you how. Once my lightbulb went off, I was programming a full day and night with 10 set points so far. Even have it shutting off for 20 minutes when the auto feeder comes on. Really great to have all that control. Can't believe I put off buying this for so long with cheaper alternatives. Great product.
Moves a TON of water, ex cellent pattern! By John C on 5/26/2017John C would recommend this product to a friendI am starting up a 6' tank, 210 gallons, and new I wanted to get a lot of water movement in the tank. I started with the one XF-250, and the amount of flow, and the random patterns the built-in settings deliver is incredible. I plan on getting a second one for the other side of the tank!
Love turned to regret By Nick on 5/4/2017Nick wouldn't recommend this product to a friendGot these pumps a bit over 1 year ago. Was very happy. I clean them every other month. Motor on one just completely shut down. Been trying to get a response from customer service for repair or warranty work and have gotten zero response. Spending less and replacing or spending more for Vortechs would have been better
Awesome By Danny on 5/1/2017Danny would recommend this product to a friendI don't really see how anything can compare to the flow this creates. The controller is easy to use and I love the presets that come pre-programmed into it. My only possibly complaint is that it is a little more noisy than I expected, but it's not that bad and I've quickly gotten used to it. It's kind of a soothing sound anyway.
Great! By Debbie on 4/27/2017Debbie would recommend this product to a friendWonderful flow. Wish it were a little easier to program.
good deal By butch on 4/6/2017butch would recommend this product to a frienddont play around with those want to be power heads this is the one i know you need one
monster waves By gyre on 3/29/2017gyre would recommend this product to a friendthis pump moves a ton of water
Better than mp40 By Colin on 2/14/2017Colin would recommend this product to a friendI put two of these xf250's on my 75 gallon mixed reef and am completely beside myself on how much water they can move. I was running three mp40's and wanted to try something new as I could not get the flow right without blowing my sand all over the tank. With these pumps I've only needed to run each at a max of 10% and am having great results. The build quality is about the same as all other higher end pumps and in my opinion they are pretty quiet. My only complaint so far would be that the controller is a bit confusing and takes a bit of messing around to figure it out unlike the ecotech's which are super easy. I also run the maxspect ethereals with hopes that the ICV6 and the Gyres will one day work together. I no longer have any dead spots and my sand is already starting to look cleaner! If you are researching pumps and are stuck between these and the mp40's go with the Gyre and save yourself some money as the cost of the mp40's in my opinion does not gain you superior flow. Happy reefing!
Great Pump By Iamchadster on 2/12/2017Iamchadster would recommend this product to a friendI have a predominantly SPS system with tank dimension of a standard 120 gallon. I have owned most every water mover out there and nothing created flow with such a small footprint in the tank like this does. I'm not going to repeat what others have already said about how good it is, but it's important to point out a couple things.
Your going to have a lot of flow with just one of these pumps. When it's cranked up to 70% on my system it really gets things moving. I purchased two of these because I've been brainwashed by the MP's/WAV's etc that you have to have opposing pumps to get good flow and patterns. Not the case with these, in most average size tanks one pump will be plenty. If you want some of the additional options of patterns that two pumps can offer then you will need two, but so far I have preferred less of a footprint in the tank to a few bonus flow patterns. My second Gyre sits in a box in the garage, two was just too much.
Apex compatibility with these pumps is achieved via the ICE CAP module interface. BRS, needs to update the question section as I assure you that they work fine with an Apex. I am a fairly experienced user with the Apex and have tried control via the Apex and with the Gyre Controller. Apex control provides constant, pulsing, ramp-up/down and with another cable you can get osc gyre mode, but I chose not to. The Icecap interface will also control 2 pumps if needed and will occupy your 0-10v variable speed ports on your Apex. As of now I went back to the Gyre controller as it provides a little better user interface once you get it figured out and OSC gyre mode without the need of another cable. Yes I lose some control via the Apex but it's a trade off I can live with for now.
If you are on the fence, I would suggest pulling the trigger on one of these as they have really lived up to their promise. I have owned this pump for about two to three months and with the exception of a little algae it looks/sounds/performs like new.
Could be better and beware of preset bug By Toby on 2/10/2017Toby would recommend this product to a friendI own a pair of 130s, 150s and now a pair of the XF250s with the new controller.
Maybe it's the more rugged propellers but the 250s are noticeably louder than even my old 150s.
Also, there is a know issue where some of the presets do not adhere to your maximum flow rate selection. I found out the hard way when my 40% max was suddenly at 80% and sandblasting my corals.
Maxspect has a firmware relaxes as if 10/2016 that addresses this. Make sure you have that and you should be good to go.
Other than that, they are the only circulation pumps I'll ever buy. Fantastic flow. Just wish they were quieter. And I hope they will eventually be compatible with the Vertex Cerebra Controller as the Maxspect controller leaves much to be desired as to ease of use.
Awesome flow! By Eric on 2/8/2017Eric would recommend this product to a friendI am using this in a fish only 180 bow front. I have struggled a bit with getting the flow right. I turned off my vortechs and hooked this up. Love it! The controller is a bit hard to understand for programming but once you get it set it works great. Packaging was great as well. Looking forward to adding more of these to my system.
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The previous generation XF150 pumps are only compatible with this controller. You cannot use XF130 pumps on this controller.
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