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VorTech Propeller Pump MP40wQD

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Proudly bringing the cutting edge of technical innovation to the award winning Vortech pump line.
QuietDrive and the all new MP40 redefine what's possible in an aquarium circulation pump.

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
-90% less motor noise*
-up to 40% more output*
-Communicates with existing WWD and "w" Ecosmart pumps
-Fully compatible with EcoSmart Live and EcoSmart Drivers

*MP40 QuietDrive compared to MP40wES

Vortech QD Small. Medium. Large

MP10QD & MP10wQD
Flow: 1500+gph (6000+lph)
Power Consumption: 8-18 Watts
Tank Range: 2.5-50+gal (9.5-190liters)
Max Glass Thickness: 0.375 inches (9.5mm)

Flow: 4500+ gph (17000+lph)
Power Consumption: 9 to 38 Watts
Tank Range: 50-500+ gal (190-1800 liters)
Max Glass Thickness: 0.75 inches (19mm)

Flow: 7500+ gal (28000+ lph)
Power Consumption: 10 to 60 Watts
Tank Range: 120-1000+ gal (450-3800 liters)
Glass Thickness Range: 0.375 - 1.00 inch (9.5-26mm)

To compliment the all new QD driver, the MP40 has been completely re-designed.
-90% less motor noise
-40% more output
-Sleek aesthetics
-Dual bearing wet side
-Increased efficiency
-Compatible with wireless EcoSmart Vortechs
-Compatible with ReefLink and EcoSmart Live

Motor Dimensions: 3" x 2.25"
Wet Side Dimensions: 3" x 3"

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 fold standard in providing flow in marine aquariums. When it comes to broad yet gentle flow, the VorTech design is unmatched.
-Creats massive water movement
-No livestock damaging 'hot spots'
-Natural Gyre
-Three dimensional flow patterns
-Comprehensive flow options
-Precise water movement control

VoreTech QD Modes:
Lagoon Mode: Lagoonal Random Mode simulates a low-energy lagoon environment. The speed of the pump is changed slow to recreate the gentle currents of a lagoon.

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

Gyre Mode:
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 intercal between .2 seconds and two seconds.

Tidal Swell Mode:
Tidal swell mode (TSM) creates a harmonic balance reminiscent of the changeing 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 phas uses wave 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 their 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 enabled 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 demonstarte the true power of the fully operational Vortech QuietDrive control system.

Multi-Pump Communication:1*
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:2*
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:3*
Blizzard, Hurricane, a motorist hits a utility pole. Stuff happens. The power goes out... VorTech pumps are compatible with the EcoTech Battery Backup accessory.

1*-Requires multiple "w" vortech pumps
2*-Requires reeflink and internet connection
3*-Requires Batter backup.

The VorTech is no less amazing today than when it first revolutionized the aquarium hobby. Three generations of pumps, over a decade of flow production, and tens of thousands of healthy aquariums are a testament to this uniquely designed power head. At the heart of the VorTech's success is its unique, patented, magnetically coupled design.
-No distractions
-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.

QuietDrive builds on the unique advantages of the VorTech's magnetically coupled design and takes it to the next level. The revolutionary new drive system boasts increased efficiency and significantly reduced motor noise.

First, Vortech took the pump motor out of the aquarium, now QuietDrive takes the noise out of the motor.

On its own every VorTech pump can do amazing things, connect them to EcoSmart Live via ReefLink and the possibilities are endless.
-Include any number of VorTech wQD pumps in an EcoSmart profile.
-Create custom pump programs with easy to use drag and drop functionality.
-Control and program one or many VorTech pumps using a smart device
-Create pump programs that vary modes over a 24hr period
-Seamlessly integrate Vortech pump programs to backup or share with the community
-Use the pump layout wizard to create a graphical representation of an aquarium
-Compatible with Mac, PC, iOS, and Android platforms

Upgrading to QuietDrive
For existing EcoSmart Vortech owners, QuietDrive and the newly designed MP40 allow for varying upgrade opportunites ranging from driver upgrades on all VorTechs to some or multiple component upgrades on the MP40wES.

MP10ES to MP10QD*
The Mp10wQD and MP10QD benefit from greatly reduced motor noise and more output as a result of the new QuietDrive driver. The motor, wet side and power supply on the MP10QD remain unchanged. Upgrading and existing MP10ES with a QuietDrive driver provides access to all of the improved performance.
*"w" and non "w" versions.

MP60wES to MP60wQD
MP60 equipped with QuietDrive benefits from greatly reduced motor noise and higher efficiency. The motor, wet side and power supply on the MP60QD remain unchanged.

MP40wES to the MP40wQD
Because of the MP40QD being a completely new design, a current MP40wES can be upgraded in several different ways. The following chart indicates different upgrade scenarios and their resulting performance improvements.


Customer Reviews

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Quite the difference Jul 6, 2016
Full disclosure, I like the ecotech products. Occasionally they can be a pain, but tech support is based onsite at their facility (PA I think) and are extremely helpful. I previously ran two MP40wES pumps on my 140 tall (60x18x30) on opposite ends. They provided good flow, but I work from home and sit about 6 feet from the tank. The noise when these ramped up was noticeable and there was an occasional rattle. Using something like nutrient transport definitely made you notice as did using the Reef Crest mode.

The QD is remarkably different. I purchased one initially and immediately noticed a difference in the decibel level. It also seems to produce more flow. They re-engineered the wet side and the dry side no longer has the odd plastic piece that has to be carefully set to the thickness of the tank.

I was so pleased with this that I bought 3 more. Two are currently running on the 140. The other two are in a box awaiting the 280 gallon tank that is on order :)
Best Pump you can buy Dec 1, 2018
These are the best out there and no electric parts in the water. Only downsize to the setup is you can't directional angel the flow, but other then that they are perfect.
Flow Nov 7, 2021
One of the best pumps i ever had. Top Flow anf no cable in water.
Amazing pump Nov 6, 2021
Switched to mp40s from gyres and will never go back. Best pump I have owned.
Monster powerhead Oct 23, 2021
This pump it’s so powerful and so quite comparing with other! Really recommended.
The best pump i`ve ever seen Sep 3, 2021
The best pump i`ve ever seen. Controllable with the great Mobius App. No electricity in the water because the motor is outside
Awesome wavemaker Mar 27, 2021
Simply the best and must have wavemaker available, small, powerful and non intrusive design. Amazing!
Love the pump best on the market Jan 15, 2021
Love the pump best on the market
Great for medium sized tanks Dec 28, 2020
Brilliant flow patterns and plenty of power. It is a little noisier than my tunze pumps but I'm not bothered by it however it may be a deal breaker to people that prefer a silent tank.
Perfect on my 120 Peninsula Dec 28, 2020
I ran 2 of these on the end of my 120 peninsula and they were great. Amazing flow and so discrete in the tank. Their low profile and black wet side blended in with the black back wall. Mobius connects easily and convenient to update the flow patterns while standing right there.
No complaints Dec 17, 2020
Recently added an mp40 to my70 gallon sps dominant reef. I managed to remove two smaller powerheads that were running at 100% and run the mp40 at 40%. Better power consumption and no cords in the display! 10/10!
Great Pump Nov 7, 2020
Super powerful, quiet, and nice build quality. A good buy for the high end side of pumps.
De lo mejor del mercado Nov 5, 2020
Buena bomba, 0 ruidos y muy potente
Best on the market Oct 14, 2020
Perfect for any marine tank. Quiet and great flow...your corals will thank you
My current favorite powerhead! Aug 28, 2020
Easy to clean due to the removable wetside, keepscwires out of the tank, super quiet, and puts out a ton of flow! A own several of these and they are the only powerheads I use now. I've had them for several years without any issues.
Excellent product Jul 3, 2020
Perfect addition to any tank. Runs quietly, and great build quality. Easy to use!
Great pump Jun 30, 2020
Works great with mobius
MP40QD Pumps Made is #1 Jun 28, 2020
Amazingly quiet and amazingly powerful. I was a bit worried initially, because they were a little loud, but after a couple hours of "break in" they became silent. The fact that you have no wires in the tank is really aesthetically pleasing!!
Mp40 qd Jun 13, 2020
amazing pump setup easy very quiet super powerful
great pump Jun 5, 2020
super quite operation, no wires in the tank and great controllability
Great Flow and Modes May 30, 2020
Works well on my 80g. I like that it does not add heat to my tank. I keep it on reef crest mode and it keeps my SPS happy.
Awesome Pump May 8, 2020
I run two of this in my 4ft...the amount of water movement is just amazing....
Very Quiet Apr 30, 2020
Very quiet, very powerful, very nice looking, and like how there are no cords in the aquarium. Well worth the price, and I like how I am able to set feed modes, and manually control the MP40 through my apex as well.
Works awesome, reliable, would run again Apr 27, 2020
Have two of these on my tank and they are perfect. Would like a package price on these but these are the best. Absolutely would buy again
Mp40 Apr 21, 2020
Fantastic pump really easy maintenance, never faultedand has huge flow for such a small pump.
Best Pump Apr 12, 2020
This is one of the best pumps in the game.

Build quality is on another level thank you ecotech
Definitely worth the money Apr 5, 2020
I currently use two.mp40.on my 90gal peninsula tank. Makes the look on the tank that much cleaner. Powerful pumps and there's no need run them at full power. The different modes make it a must have.
The best in the business Mar 26, 2020
I think any reefer will tell you the same thing. For nearly the last 15 years vortechs have been the guys to beat for aquarium circulation pumps. I have been running vortechs since 2012 and have absolutely love them and their functionality. Integration is also key if your running a few ecotech products on your tank. These things dont require a ton of maintenance which is great. You can even watch their power draw to figure out what time is the best time to to clean them. I have two on a 80g shallow and its over kill but of course i am always looking for the upgrade. Spend the extra money and get yourself the best in the business in not only tech but also build quality, you wont regret a thing.
Awesome product Mar 25, 2020
by far the best product I have ever used
Still the king of flow Mar 15, 2020
Ive had these pumps on several tanks over the years and they have gone above and beyond the call of duty. I cant speak highly enough about the perfect integration each pump has with the other ecotech components on your system. Personally I think flow is just as important as lighting and even more so if your growing sticks. Spend that extra little bit and get yourself some real quality.
MP40 Mar 9, 2020
Been using a pair of these for the past 6 years (switching out to the QD when released) and I have been very happy with their performance and reliability. Ecotech is great about support if the need arises and the pumps deliver one of the only options for keeping the cords outside of the water column while still producing sufficient water flow for healthy coral growth. These are some of the EASIEST powerheads to clean as you just remove wetside, dip in vinegar or cotric acid, and replace when done.
Lots of Flow Mar 5, 2020
These pumps put out a ton of flow, and are dead quite. Installed 2 on my 90G SPS dominant tank and it's been a site to see.

Would recommend these pumps if you are not looking to angle them in any ways. That is the only downfall of these pumps.
Best Pumps for Medium Sized Reef Tanks Feb 28, 2020
Great pumps which I have used for years. Easy maintanence. Just purchased my second and hooked it up to my Apex with the WXM module. A little tricky to set up but once you're set they are super easy to control and adjust.. IMO worth the money if you are serious about reefing!
Ecotech Vortech are the best wave makers Feb 27, 2020
I been using vortech pumps for over 5 years and they will not disappoint you. These are the best wave makers in the reefing hobby
Best pump on the market Feb 23, 2020
I use 7 of these pumps currently. 6 on my main tank, 1 on my frag tank. Reef Crest mode is the most random out of the box flow pattern.
Great kit. Feb 22, 2020
Really good and fast to set up.
Great powerhead Feb 19, 2020
tons of power in a small and easy to hide form factor, best of all this will make the dreaded task of cleaning power heads a breeze. no more need to wrestle through the spaghetti pile of cables, just remove the wet side and drop it in some citric acid and reattach when done.
BEST PUMP EVER! Feb 17, 2020
A great pump with versatile flow patterns, reliable and quiet.
Would recommend this to anyone.
Mp40 Feb 16, 2020
Been using these pumps for years. Work horses. Keep them clean and this thing will run like a beast for many years. Definetly will get your money's worth
Perfect Feb 14, 2020
Best pump on the market
Best pump Feb 14, 2020
Best pump by far. I like how there is no cord in the water. All the features are great
Quiet and no wires in tank Feb 12, 2020
Mp40 running on the back wall of a reefer 250. Holds on to glass very well. This pump keeps on chugging along and moves a good amount of water serving its purpose. Fairly easy to clean and swap foam covers. Very quiet and no wires in dt
Great Pump Feb 9, 2020
Since entering this hobby, I learned that these pumps are the rolls royce of pumps, the idea that it uses magnetic coupling through the glass of the tank to keep the heat and wires outside the tank is brilliant!!!Definitely recommend this pump to anyone!!!
AMAZONG PUMP Feb 6, 2020
Love the sleekness of this pump. Highly recommended if you want something efficient and reliable. Love the battery back up option as well.
Best pump on the market Jan 13, 2020
Recently bought this for a new build 180G and this pump can push some serious water. Absolutely love it.. Would recommend this over any other pump on the market.
Great pump Jan 8, 2020
The MP40 is a great pump. It is by far the easiest to clean. I am much more apt to clean it since all I have to do it stop it and take it off the side of the tank. It’s low profile and had multiple settings. The price is a little higher than some but well worth the price. Mine has been running 2+ years with no issues at all. Worth the money!
Amazing wave maker Jan 1, 2020
I picked up one wave maker and when i found out how amazing it is i picked up 3 more for a total of 4 my sps are growing like crazy !!

I love that no wires are in the tank that gives such a clean look !
Best pump in market Dec 19, 2019
Good price for the quality
Zero noise
Huge water movement
Easy maintenance
Long life
Worth the extra cost Dec 11, 2019
I have been running one of these for over 3 years and cannot fault it. I chose to get one size larger than needed and ramp it down to make sure my tank is even quieter.
Amazing Dec 11, 2019
My favorite power head by far. It moves an enormous amount of water with great random flow, its super quiet and theres no cord in the tank. Great power head and love the controllability.
great pumps! Dec 3, 2019
good pumps no cables in the water to go brittle, very quiet, easy to clean and re assemble. the choice of buying extra wet sides to swap for dirty ones is a huge bonus if you dont have time to clean and replace straight away.
Mp40 Dec 1, 2019
Best pump on the market
Versatile,quiet,powerful and easy to clean
Mp40 Dec 1, 2019
Great pump ,very versatile,does everything you need and more,easy to clean and install
Would recommend.
the best pump Nov 29, 2019
Lots of flow, cero noise
versatility and power Nov 23, 2019
The best pump you can have.
Versatility, power, control... has it all.
The best quality.
Awesome Powerheads Nov 22, 2019
I have two MP40wqd power heads on my 150G display and i absolutely love them. I love the ease of removing the wet side from the tank for general maintenance and cleaning. I also like the fact that they are able to couple to the 3/4" glass on my aquarium. Another plus with the Mp40 is the ability to use the Reeflink to control them wireless.
Love them Nov 19, 2019
Upgrade all of my cheaper pumps to MP40's about 4 years ago and never looked back. Love these pumps. Not the cheapest but IMO the best! Tons of broad flow, no cords in the tank and battery backup ready.. all win win! That and no more trying to clean pumps dangling off the side of the tank into a bucket of vinegar. Love not messing up my cable management for maintenance.
Best pump on the market Nov 18, 2019
I have been using Vortechs for years, this being one of the best pumps available on the market to me, the technology is amazing this includes controlling and the clean installing without wires hanging over the glass of the tank.

This is VERY recommended.
Anything else is a disservice to your tank Nov 15, 2019
Vortec pumps are in a league of their own, no other pump/wave maker can function as they do.
Awesome flow Nov 15, 2019
I recently added 2 MP40 QD to replace 2 Maxspect Gyres. The flow from the Ecotech's is reaching areas of the reef that the Gyres could not. Pumps are silent, easy to clean. Highly recommend.
If you want a solid wave maker this one is for you! Nov 14, 2019
Mp40wqd is a very quality product, easy to configure via reeflink or by the controller that comes with the pump.

The punp is easy to clean by removing the wet part.

Completely quiet without any cables inside the water and low energy consumption.
Great Product Nov 13, 2019
These pumps are incredible. They are very reliable and require very little maintenance. When cleaning is required it is as easy as pulling off the wet side and reinstalling a spare. This means they always go back on in the same place and no more fighting the undo all the wire management around your tank every couple months. Great product.
The Best Nov 12, 2019
These are the best powerheads available. I have two on each side of my 120 gallon tank. They move a lot of water and they are so easy to use. Even better, each MP14 communicates with each other (and MP10s and MP60s) in certain modes to create the best possible flow.
Excelente producto en todos los sentidos Nov 12, 2019
Tengo 2 mp40 en mi acuario de 600 litros y una mp10, muy silenciosas, excelente calidad de construcción, excelentes opciones de programación que aran a tus corales muy felices debido a la gran variedad de opciones aun y cuando no tengas reef link
Best pumps on the market! Nov 12, 2019
Although the cost is higher than other pumps on the market, this one is the best out there! Very reliable and easy to use. Love being able to have so much control over the flow!
Mp 40 Nov 11, 2019
Great pump. Versatile and quiet. Awesome flow too
Mp40 best pump on the market Nov 11, 2019
I've been running a mp40 now for 3 years and it's s great pump plenty of settings would recommend to any reefer
BUY IT Nov 11, 2019
Love this pump! It's extremely easy to use and the controllability is amazing. The battery back up makes me feel at ease in the case of losing power!