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Ecotech Vortech upgrade Vs Maxspect Gyre upgrade Review

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I'm firmly on the fence at the moment but now ive got the lights it would seem like a no brainer to get the Vortechs.....Not as simple as that. oh no, The Gyre 150 @£250 should and could be too much to turn down. Ive read a couple of reviews on the gyre, have to say they are mixed, Nightmare to clean apparently, non the less fantastic pumps. So has anyone out there have both or tried both? When I talk about Vortechs I mean the new QD pumps.
I did find this review, still none the wiser......https://www.reefs.com/2014/12/30/ecotech-vortech-v-maxspect-gyre-buy/.
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Reply #1

Hi Steve, I would go for a Vortech MP QD, it's about 1.5 times more powerful than the old one and is cheaper, you could pick up an MP40 QD for about £300 ;)

I have a Gyre 130, maybe too small for my tank ...

However, I'd like to combine various powerheads from several different makes as I think they could be used to generate better random flows :)

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Reply #2

Funny you mention combining them Hai, the guy around the corner with the 8ft Reef tank has the 150 an mp60 and a mp40 and swears by the Gyre being the better pump for the amount of water it moves and how quiet it is, he got the vortechs first as he has 5 radions. I had the old mp40 and I thought that was pretty powerful, just too noisy.
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Reply #3

Great minds  :lol:

I've been looking at getting a Jecod CP-40.  Know of someone with one of these and a Maxspect Gore and says they're as good as each other, so would recommend the Jecod.

I see most people that don't like them is due to the flow pattern, so I was thinking of sticking one of these on wave mode, then using my standard powerhead to break it up a bit.

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Reply #4

I have both the Gyre 150 and the Vortech MP10.

I have them apposing each other which makes for some nice random flow.

The Gyre is great at shifting loads of water. I have mine on about 30% pulsing in a 3x1.5x1.5

The mp10 opposite is in Reef mode at around 70% makes for an almost unrepeatable cycle.

I tried to get away with just the Gyre, but had to add the MP10 as you just can't cover everywhere with one powerhead. Plus the flow is very linear.

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Reply #5

I really like my Gyre 130, which is the only powerhead I have in my 120L tank. I have it placed just below the waterline at the top back of the tank, and alternating between 30% forwards and 50% backwards.
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Reply #6

@olyoz how big is your tank?
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@olyoz how big is your tank?
The Gyre is great at shifting loads of water. I have mine on about 30% pulsing in a 3x1.5x1.5

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Reply #8

oh ok I thought that was a mode or something.
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Reply #9

Ha ha. Yeah I've a Clearseal Reefspace 900 currently. Sps dominated though so need the flow.

I've just ordered a bigger tank though  :tongue-love:

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Reply #10

I've just ordered a bigger tank though  :tongue-love:
What ya gettin?

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Reply #11

EA 1200S
Another foot to play with, bit wider too.
Bigger sump plus some space for controllers in the cabinet (how I sold it to the missus)

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