When we announced Sicce’s new XStream line of propeller pumps, we were very excited to see what the new pumps would be like. We never had a doubt that the XStreams would knock it out of the park and indeed Sicce has delivered on a concentration of features and performance in a a surprisingly small package.
The XStream follow the general design language of the Voyager Nano with a very similar appearance, a simple propeller cage, and a thoughtful magnet mount with vibration reducing features. The Absorbing Vibration System is unique in that it nearly eliminates all noise from the effect of switching the pump on and off when used with a wave timer.
The XStream pumps will be available in four sizes with incredibly efficient flow rates that will be incredibly tough to match, especially in such a small size. The XStream will be available in four models which are all the same size, differentiated principally in their capacities which are 3500, 5000, 6500 and 8000 liters per hour – 925, 1320, 1700 & 2100 gph with the lowest model pulling only four watts and the largest one sipping a measly 12 watts.
Better yet, now that Sicce’s got a great propeller pump model and size, the time is ripe for them to get into the controllable pump market with the XStream-E. The XStream-E is an electronic DC powered version of the XStream which will ship with a very basic, user-friendly touch controller which is just begging to be made Apex-ready. The basic XStream controller will be able to synch up with at least one other pump and on its own can create short, medium and long pulses of flow, as well as random cycles with flow rates between 3000 to 8000 liters per hour, 925 to 2100 gph.
The small size and hyper efficiency of Sicce’s new XStream pumps is bound to make this one of the most popular new water movers this year. Depending on the price, the XStream could simply displace a number of incumbent water movers currently on the aquarium market so we look forward to getting the price list on these bad boys in the next few weeks.