XF280 Gyre Pump with Controller (6000 GPH)

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Generate up to 6000 GPH of Gyre-Producing Flow!

The new family of Gyre pumps now come with an advanced controller that unleashes a whole new world of options. With the ability to connect up to multiple pumps for a sync or anti-sync relationship, customizable flow cycles, and much more! The Gyres crossflow technology allows for an evenly distributed flow that helps remove dead spots in the tank.

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 1000+ gallons

  • Super-Silent magnetic mounting
  • Compatible with aquariums up to 1-1/4" thick
  • Longer, more durable cable
  • 5 Different modes of flow
  • Customizable flow cycles
  • 6 Adjustable flow variables
  • Linear flow


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.


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 XF280 Specifications:

  • Dimension - 14.8" L x 3.8" W x 2" H
  • Max Glass Thickness - 1-1/4"
  • Weight - 1.9 lbs
  • Flow Rate - up to 6000 GPH
  • Power Consumption - 10w - 80w
  • Min Aquarium Volume - 50 Gallons
  • Max Aquarium Volume - 800+ Gallons*
  • Cable Length - 10 ft (controller to pump) 5 ft (power supply to controller)



What's Included

1x XF280 Gyre pump

1x Magnetic Mount

1x Advanced Controller

1x Controller Mount

1x Power Supply

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.

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UPC 851220007283
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Product Questions

How many pumps can one controller run?
Question by: Braxton Griffith on Dec 11, 2018, 4:49 PM
The Advanced Controller can run up to two Maxspect Gyre pumps.
Answer by: Randy on Dec 12, 2018, 11:08 AM
Is this line of pumps ac or dc? And can i use a battery for power outages. The coralview video said that you can get a package with two of the powerheads but i don't see it on ur site. Also for 8 foot tank 325 gallon would two of these be over kill
Thanks as always
Question by: Anthony Bolouri-Rad on Feb 18, 2017, 11:27 AM
Hey there! These are DC powered pumps, which accounts for their adjustable flow rates and lower wattage consumption. I think starting with two XF280s would be a good flow fit for that size of tank. Unfortunately, we do not carry a combo pack like CoralVue's. :-)
Answer by: Randy on Feb 20, 2017, 3:51 PM