Maxspect Riptide Demoed on Video from Interzoo


We’ve already made mention of the interesting new Riptide Gyre Generator that is on the way from Maxspect, but given its unique design and flow patterns, we figured this video shot at Interzoo would help visualize just how different and potentially better the pump is from other water moving devices. As demoed, the gyre generator mounts to a wall of the aquarium and can be positioned a whole bunch of different ways depending on the aquarium’s needs (for the sake of simple conversation, we’ll discuss it as if it were in the horizontal orientation). It draws in water from below and expels it perpendicularly, effectively creating both horizontal and vertical water movement.

As the water circulates, it creates a swirling gyre, which moves large volumes of water but in a very gentle way. The ping pong balls in the display aquarium can be seen in this rotational flow, and it appears that all of the water in the tank is moving, meaning there are few dead spots in the corners and other places where they typically occur. Various surface whirlpools are created on the opposite end of the aquarium as the water starts its downward movement, and there plenty of surface agitation to facilitate gas exchange.

The Maxspect Riptide is set to officially launch to the public sometime in August, and all of the product literature indicates there will be at least four models. And, over the weekend, CoralVue hinted at there being multiple colors available, with both clear and black models being popular choices. Pricing is still up in the air, as are flow rates and tank ratings for each model, but those will surface soon enough.


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  • Walter White

    This is stupid. It’s too bulky and doesnt move enough water. I’ll stick with my MP pumps. Maxspect is becoming more and more desperate.

    • Jonathan

      Did you even see that video? That’s a 5′ tank and there’re small whirlpools spinning at the opposite end of a 5′ tank from the pump, my MP40 could barely move water beyond 3′, and you’re saying it doesn’t move enough water. Duh.

    • jr_renzo

      Come on Walter, did you even watch the video??? The Riptide will be the best new product of 2014.

      • Walter White

        I’ve seen the videos and I’m not impressed by any of them. The unit and is hardly discrete. How easy are they to clean and when they are being cleaned, can I just throw a spare wetside on like I do my MPs? I’m familiar with Maxspect and a former owner of their LEDs and I’ve been burned before.

        • Jonathan

          None of the Tunze “hair dryer” pumps are discrete either, to me this unit looks just like an aquarium heater and it can be mounted vertically along the edge of a corner so it’s appealing to me. And I’m sure the Vortech dry parts’ noise is driving a lot of people nuts, myself included.

          I would not speculate how easy are they to be cleaned but I cannot imagine it would be any more difficult to clean than any existing pumps in the market.

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