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EcoTech Marine Vortech MP40w-QD QuietDrive Propeller Pump

*MOBIUS Ready*

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


EcoTech Marine Vortech MP40w-QD QuietDrive Propeller Pump

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.

Product code: 5389
Item No. WM-ETM-MP40wQD-US

16 Reviews

  • 5
    Excellent work!

    Posted by Adrian on Aug 29th 2023

    The service, pricing, and responses from Aquacave were so good that I have indexed the company as my go-to above BRS. Keep up the good work!

  • 5

    Posted by Joe on Nov 16th 2022

    I wish I would have bought this pump a long time ago.

  • 5
    EcoTech Marine Vortech MP40w-QD QuietDrive Propeller Pump

    Posted by Jullie on Jul 6th 2021

    I love my new pump. It is so well built. It was very easy to set up with mobile app.

  • 5
    Best Pump! Awesome Support!

    Posted by Tylerobrien on Jul 2nd 2021

    Not only is this one of the best pumps on the market today but Ecotech's support is hands down the best in the industry. The pump motor is on the outside so that keeps the heat and cables out of the tank.

  • 3

    Posted by Eric on May 21st 2020

    Been working with Ecotech to remedy the issue, but the pump appears to have a bad wet side. Loud and vibrates at anything above 50%.

  • 5
    Can't go wrong with these......

    Posted by Craig on Mar 5th 2020

    Felt confident in choosing these MP40's for my Reefer 350 setup and past experience with Ecotech Vortech pumps.<br><br>Love the cord not hanging in the water and keeping the electric out. Really pushes the water with ease. <br><br>Still using my MP10's that I have had as original owner since 2011 with no issues whatsoever and hope to be as fortunate with these.

  • 3
    Reliability Issues

    Posted by Boss on Oct 3rd 2019

    I have two MP40s and they started falling off just after a couple of years of ownership, and it just kept getting worse until they were unusable. I called Ecotech support and they said if I pay to ship them to them (using RMA form), they can tell me what needs to be replaced but I'd have to buy the parts (for example a new motor will cost over 200$, which is more than some entire pumps). Overall, I'm not very satisfied with their pumps or customer service. Being an engineer that develops products, I suspect they know they have a reliability issue which they can't fix which is typically reflected by their short warranty and limited repair support. Therefore, I expect this is not a fluke what happened to me and if you buy a new one or get yours repaired it will likely happen again, which is evident by the numerous posts online where folks have had this same problem over an over to no avail. It's a nice pump when it's working but based on my calculations you'll have an average annual cost of ownership (depreciation) of about $100 per year per pump, plus a lot of frustration once it starts falling off the glass. If you have the money, stick with them as they are very nice when they are working. But I can't afford to pay $200 / yr to run two of these pumps. I hope this helps those deciding whether to continue investing in these pumps or purchasing new ones.

  • 1
    Poor reliability

    Posted by Boss on Jun 29th 2019

    After spending over$700 on two MP40 pumps back in late 2015 (less than 4 years ago), I've had both of my pumps fail . Along the way, I took Immaculate care of the pumps. I'm one of those people where I clean them on a regular basis. Although configuring the schedules were a bit difficult via the difficult to use user interface (GUI), overall I found these to be very good in terms of performance. However, reliability is another factor altogether. Not long after I bought the pumps I noticed that the Wet Side would sometimes fall off. Other times the dry side would fall off. Either way, for some reason the magnetic coupling between the wet and dry side would not be strong enough to hold the two together. I contacted Ecotech to ask if I have a defective pump, and they told me no I do not have a defective pump and gave me some troubleshooting tips which didn't fix the issue. They said this is a common failure mode and it means the pump needs to be replaced. They did offer me a discount on two new pumps (if paid to mail my pumps in and have them try to fix them) but the discount wasn't that much. So overall, although these pumps performed very well, I would highly recommend others to seek out alternative pumps. I've been in the aquarium industry for over thirty years, have used just about every pump on the market and have never had a pump fail on me in this short of time. The fact that I had multiple pumps fail with the same failure mode is especially bad. More importantly, in each case where I've had a pump fail, sometimes after 10 years, the manufacturers have done an amazing job at standing behind their product and sending me a replacement. I have a lot of respect for Ecotech as a company as they have a lot of innovations, however, I'm very disappointed that they left me high and dry in this case. Especially when I've invested in many other products they sell. As a result, I'm going to be reluctant to buy Ecotech products as they are very costly and are apparently expected to have a short life span. When you pay a premium price for products of this caliber, these are not the kind of failures you expect and you especially don't expect the manufacturer to tell you that this is typical and that you have the buy another pump from them. <br>

  • 5
    Best power head available

    Posted by Bhearn on Mar 21st 2018

    Have two mp40 on a Red Sea reefer 250 and only running half of what they are capable of. Love the reef crest mode and circulation in the tank is amazing. No dead spots. Product is easy to use and setup.

  • 5

    Posted by Gregory on Dec 14th 2017

    It lives up to its reputation. Quiet, effective, and efficient.

  • 5
    Extremely quiet!

    Posted by Frank S. on Dec 11th 2017

    Highly recommend this circulator. It's so quiet I wonder if it's even on the difference over my old Gen 1 pump is night and day. I work from home very often and the noise from my Gen 1 MP10 was so annoying I had to turn it down or off when on conference calls. This new pump I have it cranked up to about 90% and it's barely audible. Don't hesitate to buy this pump it's extremely refined. A very nice system indeed.

  • 5
    Quite the difference

    Posted by Joe P. on Dec 10th 2017

    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. <br>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.<br>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 :)

  • 5

    Posted by Gregory on Dec 9th 2017

    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!!

  • 4
    Great product

    Posted by Andy on Aug 7th 2015

    I love my mp40wqd on my tank. I can't wait to get a second one to really take advantage of all of the features. The only negative I have is if you use night mode it doesn't keep track of the time accurately and after a few days it will be going in to night mode during the day.

  • 5
    the best

    Posted by Anthony on Jun 26th 2015

    Cant say nothing more than these are the best powerheads ever made.

  • 5

    Posted by David on Apr 26th 2015

    Perfect powerhead. Does exactly what it says. It is extremely quiet and very discrete in the tank. I love the reef crest mode. It's random flow pattern has made my corals noticeably happier in under a day!