Maxspect Gyre 200 Series: Advanced Controller Setup

e are happy to report that Maxspect will soon release their Advanced Series Controller along with the second generation of Gyre pumps. The 200 Series Gyre has all the great features you have come to expect from a Maxspect Gyre pump as well as new stronger propellers and bushings, a longer more durable power chord.

The main difference on the new 200 Series Gyres is the Advance Controller.  The new controller is far superior than the first generation pumps.  Maxspect has heard to all your suggestions and request and has come out with a new advance controller that will blow your mind with features and versatility!  

Do you want to have two pumps work together without having to connect them to a 3rd party system controller? 

There is no more complicated programming needed.  The advance controller allows you to connect up to 2 pumps to the same controller and synchronize them, anti-sync and add a time delay to one of the pumps!!  This can all be done by the single controller without any programming knowledge! 

No system controller needed

No system controller needed

Do you just want to install the pump and let the controller do its own thing?

Then set the two pumps to Random mode.  The controller will randomly select different flow patterns and run them throughout the day… again, just a couple of buttons away and no advanced programming needed!

Set to Random Mode and forget

Set to Random Mode and forget

What if you are someone that does not have the time nor wants to create intricate flow patterns!

The advanced controller includes two 24-hr preset cycles that are at your disposal and ready to make things easier.  The Lunar Tidal Cycle, known as the LTC, will mimic ocean currents during high and low tides!  Or you can also use the Oceanic Gyre Cycle also known as the OGC which creates a gentle alternating gyre (yes, it will automatically run your pumps in alternating gyre mode) within your aquarium!

The Lunar Tidal Cycle, known as the LTC, will mimic ocean currents during high and low tides!

The Lunar Tidal Cycle, known as the LTC, will mimic ocean currents during high and low tides!

the Oceanic Gyre Cycle also known as the OGC which creates a gentle alternating gyre (yes, it will automatically run your pumps in alternating gyre mode) within your aquarium!

The Oceanic Gyre Cycle also known as the OGC which creates a gentle alternating gyre (yes, it will automatically run your pumps in alternating gyre mode) within your aquarium!

And the question that everybody has been asking:  Is my 1st generation pump compatible with the new advanced controller?  The answer is a big resounding YES!

In all, Maxspect has taken the Gyre pump to a completely new level with the addition of the advanced features.  We truly believe that this controller will be perfect for even the most demanding hobbyists!

The new 200 Series Gyre come in the following models:

Gyre XF230

Power: 8-35 watts
Maximum flow: 2300 GPH.
Maximum Tank Range: 100 gallons.
Included with the kit: 1 XF230 gyre pump, an Advanced Controller box and one power supply. 

Gyre XF250

Power: 8-60 watts
Maximum flow: 5300 GPH.
Maxium Tank Range: 800 gallons.
Included with the kit: 1 XF250 gyre pump, an Advanced Controller box and one power supply. 

Gyre XF280

Power: 10-80 watts
Maximum flow: 6000 GPH.
Maxium Tank Range: 1000 gallons.
Included with the kit: 1 XF250 gyre pump and power supply and one Advanced Controller box. 

 IMPORTANT: All Advanced Controllers can run up to two pumps.  The second pump can be purchased separately. 

 

Now, let’s get down to business.  Today we will not cover the assembly of the gyre pump itself as it has been done in prior videos but we will go over all the new features of the advanced controller box.  We will learn what every button does and how to setup your controller and help you get running with your new 2nd Generation Gyre.

Introduction to the Advanced Controller

The advanced controller box has two buttons, a dial and a display. 

  • The power/setup button, which allows you to turn the controller and pumps on and off, engage FEED mode as well as set the controller’s internal clock.400_PowerButton
  • The Switch Mode button which allows you to switch between each of the available options and409_SwitchModeButton
  • A control dial that lets toggle between the two different pumps as well as set flow speed and pulse frequency. 355_Dial

5 Different Flow Patterns

The controller features 5 different water movements. Like its predecessor, the controller allows you to run the pump or pumps in the familiar:

  • Constant speed
  • Pulsing
  • Alternating Gyre mode

In addition to the 3 standard modes, the advanced controller now includes

  • Gradual Pulsing Mode: Allows you to set up the maximum speed and time but you can also configure how long it will take for the pump to ramp and down from one speed to the other.435_GradualPulsingMode
  • Random Mode: Set the max speed and the controller will randomly run different modes to create an unpredictable flow patter within your aquarium.450_RandomMode

4 Ways to Link Two Pumps

New to this controller is also the ability to link two pumps together.  This feature is ONLY available when two gyres are running on the same controller.  Synchronize: Pumps so they mirror each other.810_LinkUp-modes_2

  • Anti-sync: Pumps run opposite
  • Time Delay: One Gyre starts a few seconds after the first Gyre
  • Reverse Time Delay: Start both pumps at the same time but have one pump’s mode end first
 IMPORTANT: The link up methods are only available for pulse, gradual pulse and alternating gyre mode. 

 

Multiple Individually Configureable Variables

The Advanced Controller also allows you to change the different variables for each of the different flow modes. 

  • Change the maximum and minimum flow speed
  • Change flow times which allows you to modify the pulse frequency
  • Select your own Ramp UP/Down times when using gradual pulsing mode. 
 IMPORTANT: Depending on the mode you have selected, some variables will not be available. 

 

24-Hr Preset Flow Cycles

New to this controller are two 24-hour presets cycles.  Maxspect has created two cycles to help people provide their tanks with amazing water flow without all the setup and programming.  

  • Lunar Tidal Cycle (LTC): A 24-hr program that mimics ocean currents as they are affected by the moon to create high and low tides. 
  • Oceanic Gyre Cycle (OGC): A 24-hr preset program that creates a gentle alternating gyre circulation within your aquarium. 

Now that we have familiarized ourselves with the features and capabilities of the new advanced controller, lets go ahead and set it up.

You can set up the controller in two different modes. 

Manual Mode

Manual mode allows you to set up one constant pattern throughout the entire day or the auto mode which allows you to set different flow patterns and then link them together to create one 24-hr custom made cycle. 

  1. Press and hold the power button for 4 seconds to turn the controller on. 640_PressHoldSwitchModeButton
  2. Then press and hold the Switch Mode Button for 4 seconds to enter setup mode.  The screen will display an M for Manual Mode as well as flash a gear icon indicating that the controller is in setup mode.648_Blinking

Configure Gyre A

  1. Rotate the dial clockwise to select the desired flow mode. As you scroll through the different flow modes, the corresponding icon will flash next to the letter A. 655_SelectFlowMode
  2. Once the controller flashes the desired flow icon, press the center dial once to save and continue to the next available option.706_PressCenterDialOnce
  3. Depending on the flow mode you have selected, you will now be asked to set different flow variables.  Since the pump can run in both forward and reverse, the direction will be shown by a plus or minus sign next to the flow speed percentage.  Rotate the dial clockwise to select forward and counterclockwise to select reverse. 721_ReverseFlow727_ForwardFlow
  4. Once you have reached the desired flow speed and direction, press the center dial once to save and move on to the next available variable. 735_pressSave
  5. Continue this process through all required variables. 

Configure Gyre B

If you have two pumps connected to the same controller, you will be able to set up pump B after you have completed setting up all variables for pump A. 

To setup pump B, make sure that the display is flashing the letter B. 750-Setup-PumpB

  1. Rotate the dial clockwise to select the desired mode.  If you set up pump A flow to either Pulsing, Gradual Pulsing or Alternating Gyre mode, in addition to the 5 flow modes that we just covered,  you will also have an additional 4 choices.  These are the link modes.  They will allow you to synch, anti-synch, time delay or reverse time delay pump B to pump A.  This is where the controller really shines and allows you to easily setup something that otherwise would require countless hours and multiple lines of programming.752_PumpBFlow810_LinkUp-modes_2
  2. Once the desired mode is displayed next to the letter B, press the center dial once to save and move on to the next available option.830_PressCenterDial
  3. To save and have to controller run your new setup, press the Switch Mode button once.  The display will show your new setup and also no longer flash the gear icon. 840_SaveSetup

Automatic Mode

Automatic Mode is set up very similar to manual mode.  In fact, the only difference is that you can select how long a particular setup will run. 

  1. Press and hold the Switch Mode button for 4 seconds until you see an A icon on the right side of the display screen. 849_SwitchToAutomatic
  2. Press and release both power and switch mode buttons at the same time.  This will allow you to set the controllers internal clock.  Use the dial to set the times and press the center dial to save. 904_SetClock914_Rotate-to-set-time
  3. Once you have set the correct time, press the Switch Mode Button to return to the main screen. 918_Save
  4. Press the switch mode button once again to enter setup mode.  The display will now flash a gear icon to indicate the change.920_SwitchToAutomaticSetup

As you enter setup mode, you will see the left side of the display flash a number 1.  Next to the number one you will also see a time stamp set to 00:00.   The number 1 indicates a set point in the scheduling.  The controller can have up to 24 different set points.  The time stamp indicates the starting point of such set point. 

 

Custom 3-Point Flow Schedule Sample

Let’s create three set points. 

  • Set Point 1: I want the first set point to run a pattern from 8am to 2pm. 
  • Set Point 2: Then I want patterns 2 to run from 2pm to 10pm and
  • Set Point 3: I want my last pattern to run from 10pm to 8am the next day. 
  1. You will need to set the first number to 1 with a time stamp of 08:00. 933_SetPoint-one
  2. Then proceed to set up pump’s A and B the same way I set them up in manual mode. 
  3. After setting up all the variables for point one and you have pressed the center dial to return to the flashing number 1
  4. Carefully turn the dial clockwise until the number one changes to number 2. 1018_Move-to-Timepoint2
  5. Set up point 2 to 14:00 and following the same sequence as you did on manual mode.1004_1400Setting
  6. Create point 3 with a starting time of 22:00.1006_2200Setting
  7. Once you have created all the desired set points, go ahead and press the Switch Mode button once to return to the main screen.  The left side of the display will confirm the new program and the gear icon will fade away. 1035_SetTimePoints

Preset Cycles

The Gyre Advanced Controller includes two preset cycles that allow you to run 24-hr intricate program cycles without having to go through the trouble of creating such programs. 

  • Lunar Tidal Cycle (LTC): A 24-hr program that mimics ocean currents as they are affected by the moon to create high and low tides. 145_LTC_Preset1
  • Oceanic Gyre Cycle (OGC): A 24-hr preset program that creates a gentle alternating gyre circulation within your aquarium. 150_OGC_Preset2

To access the presets:

  1. Press and hold the Switch Mode Button for 4 seconds and release.  Repeat this process until the left side of the display shows a floppy disk icon followed by the letters LTC.     1118_LTC
  2. To select between the available presets, press and release the switch mode button once.  A gear icon will appear on the right side of the display.  Use the dial to toggle between the presets. 1120_Settings1139ToggleBetweenPResets
  3. Once the desired preset starts to flash, press the center dial once to save and continue.1140
  4. Use the dial to select your maximum speed and then press the center dial to save. 
    1148_SpeedSet1150Save
  5. Once you have finished setting up your preset, press the Switch Mode Button to save and return to the main display. 1156_SaveReturn

Conclusion

We hope that this article helps you appreciate the new Gyre 200 series as well as it’s advanced controller.  It is full of amazing features that are sure to impress even the most demanding hobbyists but most importantly, it is relatively easy to use and no computer science degree required!

If you have any questions or technical issues with your Gyre 200 Series pump, please head over to www.coralvue.com/support and submit a ticket.

Thank you again for visiting us and come back soon!

 

Author: Carlos

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