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Old 03/07/2018, 07:41 AM   #1
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Maxspect Gyre or icecap Gyre Power head?

I'm thinking about using a 1 or 2 gyres on my new 120 build, and noticed that IceCap has a gyre. Does anyone have the IceCap brand or have an opinion on which one is better? The pricing is completely different, and I would like to save money if possible.


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Old 03/07/2018, 08:20 AM   #2
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I'm thinking about using a 1 or 2 gyres on my new 120 build, and noticed that IceCap has a gyre. Does anyone have the IceCap brand or have an opinion on which one is better? The pricing is completely different, and I would like to save money if possible.


FYI Jebao also has something similar


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Old 03/07/2018, 10:00 AM   #3
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I do not own any, But was doing extensive research the past few weeks because i wanted to purchase one. My conclusion is that all of them are relatively noisy, and not the most dependable. I decided against it for now until newer, updated versions come out.


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Old 03/07/2018, 10:58 AM   #4
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They claim cleaning is a pain & things break easily.


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Old 03/07/2018, 11:30 AM   #5
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i own the Gyre. yes cleaning is a PAIN. if you are not carefull when removing the sharft, you will be looking for a replacement and its not cheap.


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Old 03/07/2018, 12:09 PM   #6
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I’d get a couple of VorTechs and call it a day

https://ecotechmarine.com/vortech-flow-calculator


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Old 03/07/2018, 12:12 PM   #7
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I had no idea jebao had something like this. If you have one how do you like it. I currently have RW-8 or the PP series now.


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Old 03/07/2018, 02:50 PM   #8
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I hav e 2 x Maxspect Gyre 250's. Yes, the first time I cleaned them it was, well, not as easy as the koralias they replaced. After that it was much easier. You just have to be able to take it apart and put it back together correctly. For the upgrade to the flow in my tank it was well worth the learning curve.


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Old 03/07/2018, 03:37 PM   #9
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I hav e 2 x Maxspect Gyre 250's. Yes, the first time I cleaned them it was, well, not as easy as the koralias they replaced. After that it was much easier. You just have to be able to take it apart and put it back together correctly. For the upgrade to the flow in my tank it was well worth the learning curve.
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They are hard to take apart until you know how. I just took my time watched the video and learned it. time well spent. i like the wide laminar flow compared to powerheads.


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Old 03/07/2018, 03:56 PM   #10
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I have icecap 3k, gyre 130 and gyre 150. If l had to choose, it would be the icecap.


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Old 03/07/2018, 04:14 PM   #11
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I had no idea jebao had something like this. If you have one how do you like it. I currently have RW-8 or the PP series now.


No but Iím seriously considering them.


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Old 03/07/2018, 05:00 PM   #12
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I own the Gyre 250. Cleaned it many times, no issues at all. Am getting a second one to run it off the same controller.

Ive had other cheaper alternatives and never had luck, spending the money again with lots of regret. If Maxpect charges more for the gyre, im sure it is for a good reason. Icecaps came to fight off knockoff jebaos in my understanding


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Old 03/07/2018, 07:37 PM   #13
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Does anyone know if you can run 2 icecaps off the same controller.

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Old 03/08/2018, 09:54 AM   #14
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I have 2 icecap, and no, you can not run them on the same controller. Though, coralvue said that they were working on making it (icecap gyre) compatible to Neptune apex. For the cleaning, first time it s a pain, now it takes me 5 min to clean both. You have to clean em more often then usual power heads though.


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Old 03/08/2018, 09:56 AM   #15
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and FYI, I certainly do not regret buying em over other powerhead, they move a lot of water. As for the noise, I realized that you just have to be careful to put everything into place correctly and they are not as noisy as equivalent power head.


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Old 03/08/2018, 05:27 PM   #16
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I have 2 250s maxspects on a 110g tank. I think they are great. Since I run them 50% max are assembled correctly, they are dead silent. The new controller is nice, would be better if you could configure it from a app.


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Old 03/08/2018, 05:43 PM   #17
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My vote is on icecap. Sade design, it has lower failure rate and is cheaper. As of now they cannot be used in sync. But Coralvue said they are working on a controller to do this.

Keep in mind gyre pumps generate a lot more flow compared to a regular powerheads or wavemakers with equivalent GPH. This is due to the whole water column movement gyre pumps generate, as opposed to stream-like flow powerheads or wavemakers.

I have one Icecap 3k that faces two wavemakers each rated +1000 GPH (so 2000 GPH). But overall, the 3K at 40% a more dominant flow (most coral lean based on the 3Ks flow direction).


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