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    EcoTech Marine | New Vortech MP20

    I must admit we haven’t paid must attention to Vortech’s due to our needs. I’ve used Tunze’s in the past and I suppose we’re just comfortable with them… with that said the MP20 may change that. Check your favorite online stores, many are taking pre-orders. At $295 that are not “cheap” but they will hit […]

    I must admit we haven’t paid must attention to Vortech’s due to our needs. I’ve used Tunze’s in the past and I suppose we’re just comfortable with them… with that said the MP20 may change that. Check your favorite online stores, many are taking pre-orders.

    At $295 that are not “cheap” but they will hit the 20-100g range nicely with  lower electric consumption than it’s larger MP40 brother. When you compare it to the Tunze 6055  (~$220 +$60 for controller) they’re comparable in price.  The one thing that scares us is the 140F max operating temperature. At 18w that seems a bit high, but they are only air cooled and we are no electrical engineers.

     

     MP20

    Operational Modes 

    Feed Mode – Slows down your pump for 10 minutes to allow you to feed your aquarium.

    Constant Speed Mode – The pump runs at a constant speed you set based on your aquarium’s specific needs.

    Reef Crest Mode – Simulate the high-energy conditions of a natural reef crest environment.

    Lagoon Mode – Simulate a calmer, lagoon reef environment.

    Pulse Mode – Create a natural reef flow pattern by pulsing the water at a specific speed and frequency.

    Optional Battery Backup – Keeps the circulation going during power failure for up to 30 hours.

    Specifications

    Flow: 500-2000 gallons per hour

    Power Consumption: 6-18 watts

    Maximum Motor Temperature: 50-60 degrees Celsius

    Aquarium Wall Thickness Range: 3/16″-3/4″

    Appropriate Tank Size Range: 20-70 gallons

    Dimensions: Wet Side- 3″ diameter by 2.25″ long, Dry Side- 3″ diameter by 2.25″ long

    Clearance Needed Behind Aquarium: 3″  

     

    2 Comments

    1. April 25, 2008 at 3:32 PM | Permalink

      Nice, but I’d not consider to buy another Vortech until they work out some kinks. Mine has started separating for no apparent reason if in any other mode than the constant stream (I’m not the only one, based on forum posts I’ve read…).

      The flow is outstanding, plenty of it, nice and widespread, almost gentle for as strong as it is. Takes very little space in the aquarium (I have the MP40w), though the trade off is the chunk on the outside of the tank.

      I do really love it, aside from only being able to run it in one mode (need to send it in), but I think they definitely have to improve on their product before I’d buy another, much less a brand new model.

      Were I to upgrade to a bigger tank soon, I’d likely go with controllable Tunze streams and an AquaSurf for my AC3.

    2. Vincekim
      April 26, 2008 at 7:44 AM | Permalink

      I definately agreed with stonyreef…

      Vortech’s flow is fantastic, but they should take care of 40w itself (noise problem etc..)

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