When it is finally released to the public in a couple of months, the MaxSpect Gyre pump will undoubtedly be one of the hottest new reef aquarium devices to hit the scene in a really long time. The completely new design of the MaxSpect Gyre Generator water pump creates wholesale water movement in the aquarium which is both powerful, and significantly different from anything we’ve seen before.
We’ve received one sample Gyre Generator pump as part of the beta program for both testing and feedback. Sharing information and details about the pre-production pump has been strictly embargoed but we’ve been given limited permission to share with you some pictures of what this pump looks like in real life.
So as you presumably already know, the form factor of the MaxSpect Gyre generating water pump is a blocky propeller pump but more of a pill-shaped device. A centrally-mounted, DC-controllable motor is flanked on both sides by the unique water wheel.
The outflow of the water wheel powered pump is dictated by the position of the grill that covers them. For part of the diameter of the cage covering the water wheel there is a closed off section and beyond that there is a grill or caged covered section, one section of which is where the water flow actually exits the pump. These water wheel covers can be rotated to direct the outflow in a 360 degree angel about the axis and as you can guess from having two separate sections, the outflows can be directed in different directions to effectively create dual outflows from the MaxSpect Gyre.
The actual working Gyre pump “comes together” in the center where both the water wheels, their respective covers, and a two-piece magnetic mount converge. It’s from this center section that the power is supplied to the centrally positioned motor and where the magnet mount and one side of the bearing system can be removed from the pump for maintenance.
The water wheel is not symmetrical but instead it’s “blades” are arranged in a distinctly spiraled fashion about the shaft. It might be possible to “flip” the water wheel into an “opposite” orientation from how the pump is designed to make the pump do some funky back and forth water movement tricks but we won’t know for sure until we start getting really brave with fussing with the pump – we’ll use it stock for a long while before we do that.
So this is how the MaxSpect Gyre comes apart and we’ve purposefully excluded the sweet spots where all the action and load bearing surfaces hide. Since the MaxSpect is not even released yet, we’ve been asked not to share any sensitive details about the Gyre pump’s inner workings and engineering details to forestall the inevitable unauthorized reproductions that will be coming from unscrupulous manufacturers in no time.
The MaxSpect is still a couple months away from a full scale worldwide release and while we can’t say too much, we can tell you that this machine cranks out a ton of flow in a very unique way, and for the tanks we’ve tested it on we’ve actually had to run it at less than full speed. There’s still a lot of refinements that will come with the production model and we can’t wait for MaxSpect to make their mark on the aquarium water flow space.