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VorTech Propeller Pumps
EcoTech Marine
  • Elegantly Discreet
  • Highly Controllable
  • Incredibly Effective

    The Vortech QuietDrive Series

    No Matter what size reef tank your enjoy, the award winning VorTech line of pumps has the solution.

    Quiet Drive

    QuietDrive represents the next evolution of the award winning VorTech Driver.
    All new driver included with the VorTech MP10, MP40 and MP60
    6+ Available continuous operational modes
    Wave Auto Tune, Feed Mode & Night Mode
    up to 90% Less motor noise
    Communicates with existing WWD and “w” EcoSmart Pumps
    Fully compatible with EcoSmart Live via ReefLink
    Available as an upgrade for WWD and EcoSmart Drivers

    Flow Uncompromised

    In an aquarium, having the right amount of flow is crucial to the health of the ecosystem. With VorTech QuietDrive choosing the correct water circulation equipment has never been easier.
    VorTech pumps are designed by aquarists to be the gold standard for providing flow in marine aquariums. When it comes to broad yet gentle flow, the VorTech design is unmatched:
    Create massive water movement
    No coral damaging “hot spots”
    Natural Gyre
    Tank-wide flow patterns
    Precise control of water movement

    Magnetic Couple

    At the heart of the VorTech’s success is its unique, patented, magnetically coupled design.
    No distractions from the beauty of the tank and its inhabitants
    No wires in the aquarium
    No unwanted heat added to the water column
    No risk of electrical discharge harming people or marine life
    No hassle when it comes to installing, relocating or cleaning the power head

    Upgrade from EcoSmart

    For existing EcoSmart VorTech owners, an upgrade path can bring your VorTech pump the benefits of our QuietDrive technology. The upgrade path for each VorTech model might be slightly different.

    Battery Backup

    In an aquarium with no flow, fish and corals begin to die in as little as 4 to 10 hours. The VorTech Battery Backup is reef tank insurance in an aluminum housing.
    By adding the VorTech Battery Backup, your tank is insulated from power interruptions, helping protect your valuable investment -and your tank inhabitants.
    One EcoTech Marine Battery Backup will power one MP10wES or MP10ES for up to 72 hours.
    *Hours are estimated and will vary depending on battery life, pump mode and other factors.

    EcoSmart Modes

    Lagoonal Random
    Lagoonal Random Mode simulates a low-energy lagoon environment. The speed of the pump is changed slowly to recreate the gentle currents of a lagoon.

    Reef Crest Random
    Reef Crest Random Mode simulates a high-energy reef environment. The pump will change speed frequently and drastically to simulate crashing waves and surging tide. This is a favorite of SPS corals.

    Gyre Mode creates a flow pattern consisting of uniform clockwise and counterclockwise flow levels pulsing at a selected interval between two seconds and two hours. Short Pulse Mode Short Pulse Mode creates a flow pattern consisting of uniform high and low flow levels pulsing at a selected interval between 0.2 seconds and two seconds.

    Tidal Swell Mode
    Tidal Swell Mode (TSM) creates a harmonic balance reminiscent of the changing flow conditions found in nature. Over the course of several hours, the flow pattern will go from very chaotic to calm, followed by a detritus-clearing surge at the very end of the cycle. The flow direction will change direction every cycle.

    Nutrient Transport Mode
    Nutrient Transport Mode (NTM) creates circulation in a two-phase program. The first phase uses a surging motion to stir up detritus. The second phase follows with a surging motion to move the detritus into the overflow and out of the aquarium. This mode promotes maximum health, nutrient export and increased growth for sensitive corals such as SPS.

    Feed Mode
    At the touch of a button all VorTech wirelessly enabled pumps will temporarily pause the current mode and idle allowing food to be added to the tank without being cycled into the overflow and filtration.

    Night Mode
    Pumps can be enables to run a gentler night time program simulating calmer ocean conditions for night time hours.

    Wave Auto-Tune
    Create a standing wave in your aquarium and demonstrate the true power of the fully operational VorTech QuietDrive control system.

    Multi-Pump Communication
    All "W" denominated VorTech Pumps come with an RF module installed. The RF Module will allow up to 8 "W" pumps of any type to work together in sync, anti-sync or coordinated modes.

    ESL via Mobile Device
    All "W" denominated VorTech Pumps are compatible with ReefLink. ReefLink provides completely wireless access to the world of EcoSmart Live, the web-based aquarium command center from EcoTech Marine.

    Battery Backup Mode
    Blizzard. Hurricane. A motorist hits a utility pole. Stuff happens. The power goes out... Vectra pumps are compatible with the EcoTech Battery Backup accessory.


    ReefLink provides completely wireless access to the world of­ EcoSmart Live, the web-based aquarium command center ­from EcoTech Marine.

    ReefLink enables a continuous real-time connection with EcoTech equipment via ecosmartlive.com. Control your VorTech pumps and Radion lights right through your Android, iPhone, or through your browser — anywhere, any time.

    EcoSmart Live

    EcoSmart Live is EcoTech Marine’s web-based aquarium command center. It allows you to control your VorTech pumps and Radion LED lighting from anywhere in the world through a computer or mobile device (iOS and Android supported). EcoSmart Live is loaded with features such as setup guides, flow and lighting wizards, specialty modes, and the ability to create new modes with just the click of a mouse or tap of a finger.

    Get real time information about your lighting and pumps or wirelessly update your product’s firmware. Having issues getting the coral growth that you expect? Our award winning customer service staff can log into your account and suggest changes for you.

    EcoSmart Live is the future of the aquarium hobby available now.

    How do I choose?

    In an aquarium, having the right amount of flow is crucial to the health of the ecosystem. Choosing the correct water circulation equipment has never been easier.

    With the VorTech Recommended Flow Calculator simply enter your tank dimensions to see maximum and minimum required flow levels. Add and remove power heads to determine what selection of VorTechs will most exactly meet those needs.

    Click on the link to get a specific VorTech equipment recommendation for your tank.

    VorTech™ MP10

    Big Flow, Beautifully Compact.

    The MP10 is the most compact member of the VorTech family. It is the perfect pump for smaller tanks or for providing supplemental flow in larger aquariums.


    Dry-Side: 2.50 x 2 inches (63.5 x 50.8 mm)
    Wet-Side: 2.50 x 1.5 inches (63.5 x 38.1 mm)

    Flow Range: 200-1,500 gallons (750 – 6,000+ Liters) per hour

    Max Tank Thickness: 0.375 inches (9.5 mm)
    Tank Size Range: 2.5-50+ gallons (9.5 – 190 liters)
    Clearance Needed Behind Tank: 2.25 inches (57 mm)

    Wattage: 8-18 Watts

    VorTech™ MP40

    Better in Every Way.

    The recipient of numerous design and consumer choice awards, the MP40 is considered the gold standard for generating flow in reef tanks.


    Dry-Side: 3.00 x 2.25 inches (76.0 x 57.0 mm)
    Wet-Side: 3.00 x 3.00 inches (76.0 x 76.0 mm)

    Flow: 4,500+ gallons (17,000+ liters) per hour

    Max Tank Thickness: 0.75 inches (19 mm)
    Tank Size Range: 50-500+ gal (190 – 1,800 liters)
    Clearance Needed Behind Tank: 3 inches (76 mm)

    Wattage: 9 – 28 Watts

    VorTech™ MP60

    Professional Grade.

    When it comes to large power head wave makers, the MP60 is truly unparalleled.


    Dry-Side: 4.00 x 3.00 inches (102 x 76 mm)
    Wet-Side: 4.00 x 2.80 inches (102 x 71 mm)

    Flow Range: 3,500-7,500 gallons (13,000 – 28,000 liters) per hour

    Tank Thickness Range: 0.375 -1.00 inch (9.5 – 26 mm)
    Tank Size Range: 120-1,000+ gallons (450 – 3,800 liters)
    Clearance Needed Behind Tank: 3.30 inches (84 mm)
    Wattage: 10 – 60 Watts
    Item #   Description  
    Ships Within
    015919   EcoTech Marine, VorTech MP10QD Propeller Pump w/ Wireless QuietDrive Driver  
    $ 234.95
    1-2 Bus. Days
    015920   EcoTech Marine, VorTech MP10wQD Propeller Pump w/ Wireless QuietDrive Driver  
    $ 284.95
    1-2 Bus. Days
    015921   EcoTech Marine, VorTech MP40wQD Propeller Pump w/ Wireless QuietDrive Driver  
    $ 349.95
    1-2 Bus. Days
    015922   EcoTech Marine, VorTech MP60wQD Propeller Pump w/ Wireless QuietDrive Driver  
    $ 674.95
    1-2 Bus. Days
    015926   EcoTech Marine, VorTech MP10ES EcoSmart Driver Upgrade Kit  
    $ 54.95
    1-2 Bus. Days
    015924   EcoTech Marine, VorTech Wireless MP40wES EcoSmart Driver Upgrade Kit  
    $ 129.95
    1-2 Bus. Days
    015923   EcoTech Marine, VorTech Foam Cover for MP10 (3 Pack)  
    $ 12.95
    1-2 Bus. Days
    015925   EcoTech Marine, VorTech Foam Cover for MP20 / MP40 Propeller Pumps - 3/pk  
    $ 12.95
    1-2 Bus. Days
    030327   EcoTech Marine, Wet-Side Assembly for VorTech MP40wQD  
    $ 75.95
    1-2 Bus. Days
    015927   EcoTech Marine, VorTech Battery Backup  
    $ 164.95
    1-2 Bus. Days
    030328   EcoTech Marine, ReefLink  
    $ 98.95
    1-2 Bus. Days
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