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  • Vectra L1 pump performance and test.

    So I been suspecting that my brand new vectra L1(3100gph) is not pushing enough flow. But been lazy to hook it up to a flow meter.
    Today I did so, hooked up an apex flow meter and OMG vectra performance was bad.
    My vectra that is suppose to be 3100gps was pushing only 380gph at 100% power.
    My plumbing setup is simple: 1" pipe to tank bulkhead to ad lock hose.
    I did swap test and hooked up my old syncra (900gph) to my existing setup and my flow jumped to 550gph...
    My God, I paid around 500$ for vectra and it's doing worst job than 150$ pump...
    Super disappointed.
    I opened a ticket with ecotech to see what can be done. Will keep you all posted.

    Anyone have such experince with vectra L1?

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    Some pic of the setup and flow reading

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    • #3
      I got the feedback from eco tech customer service...
      " I have reviewed them with the rest of our service team and we have determined that the amount of flow you are getting is due to the amount of plumbing in your sump. The flow meters are going to significantly restrict the Vectras flow rate."

      So basically ecotech do not want me to measure flow) and want me to simplify my 1"pipe 5 feet head pressure straight to tank return plumbing lol...I guess they want me to lay the tank on the ground for vectra to work.
      What a poor pump this is..

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      • #4
        There is a head pressure diagram published for the pump:

        https://ecotechmarine.com/products/vectra

        With a high of 5 feet it does say that you should get ~ 2000 US gallons per hour. I would finally try to use a 1.5 "pipe as this is the original water outlet diameter. Not sure if this will make much of a difference but it might be worth a try.

        Can not say anything to the flow meter, never used one but you should see the difference between 380 and 2000 US gallons per hour without it also.

        Do you use a 90 degree angle fitting or a arch at the end of the line ?

        G.Alexander

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        • #5
          Originally posted by G.Alexander View Post
          There is a head pressure diagram published for the pump:

          https://ecotechmarine.com/products/vectra

          With a high of 5 feet it does say that you should get ~ 2000 US gallons per hour. I would finally try to use a 1.5 "pipe as this is the original water outlet diameter. Not sure if this will make much of a difference but it might be worth a try.

          Can not say anything to the flow meter, never used one but you should see the difference between 380 and 2000 US gallons per hour without it also.

          Do you use a 90 degree angle fitting or a arch at the end of the line ?

          G.Alexander
          Been debugging and confirming via tests. I had an issue with calibration once I fixed it, the flow jumped to 750gph. Which is still low.
          This is vectra actual performance. Vectra turned out to be very challenged with head pressure. I tested a RDS 100 watt, my flow on the same system was 1600 gph.


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          • #6
            Mmm thats not the flow you will expect from this pump.
            Next time buy an royal speedy ;-)

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            • #7
              Originally posted by W.vreeswijk View Post
              Mmm thats not the flow you will expect from this pump.
              Next time buy an royal speedy ;-)
              Yup I just got an RD100.
              I ctually had a long discussion and ran alot of testing. I did improve the flow to 700gph via calibration but still this flow is low.
              On the same setup RD100 gave me 1600.
              Then after discussing with forums and with ecotech it look like this is the expected performance of the pump. Vectra handle head pressure very poorly.
              I now run RD80 and get around 1400gph on the same plumbing and setup and I am waiting for my RD100 to arrive.

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              • #8
                Ok man.
                That is the better stuff.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by W.vreeswijk View Post
                  Ok man.
                  That is the better stuff.
                  100% ageed.
                  pumps manufacturers some times kind of trick the customer by stating the flow with zero head pressure which is useless for aquarium hobby. Performance of the pump with head pressure is the most important thing. I learned this the hard way.
                  Vectra did not do a good job there...

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                  • #10
                    Mine failed after two years. I went back to the trusty mag drive pump. I get way more flow

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ohashimz View Post
                      100% ageed.
                      pumps manufacturers some times kind of trick the customer by stating the flow with zero head pressure which is useless for aquarium hobby. Performance of the pump with head pressure is the most important thing. I learned this the hard way.
                      Vectra did not do a good job there...

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                      Yes exactly the same experience here.
                      This is why I'm going to ignore all the loud marketing on internet and on my new build I will go with old brands that are proven to work.

                      According to some of my friends that run Vectra on their systems, this pump often seems to raise temperature in the tank. Which might be an important factor for people that use T5 or halides.
                      I also have a friend whose Vectra had failed after 2 years of use.
                      They are quiet but this is not the performance and longevity expected from pump with this price tag.
                      “Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”
                      - Matsuo Munefusa

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