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Installation and Operation The instructions on how to set these pumps up are very easy to understand and they are rather simple to setup anyways. If by some chance, further instruction is needed, EcoTech has a great video gallery on their website, detailing setup and operation of these pumps.


Performance vs. Expectations One word...Fantastic! All of the modes offer different flow patterns and seem to be good for creating the proper flow for corals in a reef setting. The adjustability of each mode is also a nice feature, and I love being able to program my own wave for the "Short Pulse Mode" and "Nutrient Transport Mode." The only thing I don't like is that I can't set the minimum speed in between the pulses, although I'm sure that if used with an Apex or other controller that probably is an option. I've seen other reviews that complain about the noise level, but honestly I can't hear mine at all. The fans and pumps in my RedSea Max are louder than the pump motor.

The pump and the driver both seem to be very durable and well-built. My only complaint with material quality is the foam cover. These seem to be a little weak and mine tore easily, though only at the seams, which was easy to repair with a needle and some black thread. I also think that the controller would be easier to mount using screws or magnets, but the Velcro does work well. Personally, I just don't like Velcro to begin with, so it probably wouldn't be a problem to most people.


Value for money I Think this is where a lot of people get hung up. While I did spend $285 ($300 with tax) for this pump I feel that it was well worth it. The performance I get from the pump and the fact that there is absolutely no heat transfer into my tank are definitely worth the hefty price.


Customer Support So far I have not had any problems with this pump. I also have found the video tutorials on EcoTech's website are very informative and helpful for setup and would be for troubleshooting.


Liked about it Quiet operation
Little to no heat transfer
Variable speeds
Unique flow patterns and many options through the different modes


Didn't like Price


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5.0
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5.0

By Ann_A
Apr 17, 2012
 
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Vortech MP 10w ES featured

Installation and Operation It is very easy to install, you will just need to make sure that the powerhead(in tank) and the motor(outside) are line up in the right way, so it will run nicely.


Performance vs. Expectations This is not your regular powerhead!! This device has its own "mind", it has several mode, Tidal Swell, Nutrient Transport, Radom, Short Plise and long Pulse mode, you can setup the mode that you like. Not only that, you can setup slave pumps to sync. It will create natual wave ....and it is pretty small considering what it can do.


Value for money Although it is a such awsome device to have, I found it on the pricy side, if you want to invest in a waver maker, this is the one.


Customer Support never had one.


Liked about it 1. it can create different waves
2. you can adjust how strong the wave.
3. it is pretty small in the tank, the motor is kind of big, but the motor is outside
4. different color led indicates different mode


Didn't like 1. pricy
2. kind of making noise when the motor is on, I guess it is because the motor is outside of the tank
3. it would be great if it can setup to change the modes


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4.5
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5.0

By baysidefish
Oct 24, 2010
 
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Great pump; needs a more user-friendly driver.

Installation and Operation Installation was really easy. The hardest part regarding installation was deciding where to put it in the tank, really. Tank footprint is minimal. Operation is easy, if you are using their preset programs like: reef crest mode, lagoon mode, feed mode, night mode, constant speed mode. However, trying to customize certain modes is difficult. Instead of having a display on the driver there is an LED light, turn-knob, and three buttons that you have to push and turn in certain combinations. This problem would likely be resolved by adding the controller, and doing it on a laptop or phone. The vortech m10 es/w came with abbreviated instructions in the box. You must go online to view the full manual, and there are also videos you can watch to aide you.


Performance vs. Expectations The powerhead performs as well as I expected it to. The variety of different settings and flow are awesome. The driver could be of better quality and more user friendly for those people that do not have a controller. A menu display, rather than color interpretation would be nice. A full manual with the product is a no-brainer; it needs to be included.


Value for money With those reefers that have nano tanks, and cant deal with large powerheads, I would say that this product is a good value for the money.


Customer Support n/a


Liked about it low wet side/ in tank footprint
preset random flow programs
high GPD powerhead, considering its size


Didn't like driver- needs display, difficult to customize modes
driver- needs display, difficult to customize modes
no full manual with product


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4.0
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4.0

By Alderwald
May 07, 2014
 
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One of the better investments I've made.

Installation and Operation Installation is pretty straight forward with this pump. Everything needed to set up the pump is included, even for thinner aquarium walls.


Performance vs. Expectations Fantastic performance with this pump. I have had no issues with operation or the quality.


Value for money Little bit on the expensive side but worth every penny. Quality products are not cheap, and you get what you pay for.


Customer Support I did not need to contact customer service. Have gone without issue no for quite some time.


Liked about it I think they took into account the diversity of aquariums. They added a very long power cord to the controller for ease of access. Controller has many different modes and with each mode you can customize flow rate to get good random current, or just good movement. Good quality construction on this pump.


Didn't like I would say there is only one thing that seemed to be a bummer (only for the first couple weeks) being the noise. Its not too obnoxious but you can tell for the first couple weeks of operation that it is there.


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4.3
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4.0

By Treasures of the
Feb 24, 2012
 
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