The Stratus water pump made by Vertex Aquaristik is an exciting new Ferrari of Flow which carries the pedigree of the ground breaking Red Dragon water pumps from Vertex partner, Royal Exclusiv. Like it’s kin, the variable speed Red Dragon 3, the Stratus water pump delivers on impressive flowrates with a controllable brushless DC motor block which sets the bar for quiet operation and efficient performance. The Vertex Stratus water pump employs an 8 pole and microprocessor controlled Sine-Wave concept which itself is powered by 3 bi-directional drivers. We don’t exactly know what that means but we know what it can do: integration with the Cerebra aquarium controller, 1-10V control for micro-management of RPMs, custom applications and programs for closed loop applications. Furthermore, the relationship between current and torque and voltage and RPMs means that the Vertex Stratus will be a protein skimming dream with highly accurate matching of the skimmer’s requirements and even possibly automatic adjustment and control of the protein skimmer. With so many other projects on their table right now, we don’t foresee that Vertex will be ready to name a date or price on this little piece of water flow heaven but believe us, you’ll feel the price.