There are two aspects to programming Vortechs with the Apex and WXM, attaching the pump and then programming the pump


  1. Attach the pump to the Vortech to your WXM
      1. Clear the memory:
        1. Press and Hold Mode and Set- Should be Red/White/Blue
        2. Press and Hold Mode- Should be Red/Purple
        3. Press and Hold Set- Should be Green


      2. Attach the pump
        1. Press and hold mode and set- Should be red/white/blue
        2. Tap Set- Should be Blue Yellow


      3. Repeat the above two steps for each of the Vortech pumps you would like to attached to the WXM module
      4. Note: If you are unable to attache the pump please Contact Neptune Systems Support.  Do NOT attempt to update the Firmware on the pump unless it was manufactured before April 2010.
  2. Program the Vortech
    1. Via Apex Fusion you should now see a new Vortech outlet listed in your Output List.  To get to your output list select the output icon on your dashboard:


    2. In your outlet list you will see Outlets that are labeled "Vortech."   Select the first pump you attached.   Note: in this example here they have been given custom names.  The default name would be Vortech_3_1 and Vortech_3_3.


    3. Rename the outlet by selecting the configuration icon, then rename in (I.E: Vortech_MP10), and click "OK"




    4. Now configure the Vortech by drag an dropping the different points on the graph for how you would like to Vortech to operate throughout the day
      1. On the X-Axis is time in a twenty-four hour scale.  
      2. On the Y-Axis is intensity from 0% to 100%
        1. NOTE: The minimum output intensity of an Vortech pump is 20%.  Below 20% the pump will operate at 20%
      3. To add, remove, adjust, or "preview" a point on the select the cog on plot list below


      4. The details of the Vortech Mode are listed below the graph.  Here you can select the Vortech mode you want your pump to operate in.  Here on the basic modes and their general description from EcoTech Marine:

        1. Constant: In Constant Speed Mode (indicated by a green LED on the knob) the pump runs continuously at a constant speed which can be user-set.   

        2. ReefCrest: Mimics a high-energy reef zone such as that found on the reefcrest of a natural coral reef. In this zone of the coral reef, the waves crash down upon the reef providing frequent surges in flow. Reefcrest Mode

          simulates this environment by automatically changing the speed of your pump frequently and drastically.

        3. Lagoon: Mimics the low-energy reef zone such as that found in a lagoon. A lagoon is protected from the high energy of large waves and therefore the corals that come from this zone are used to slower, more gentle currents than those found in a Reefcrest environment. Lagoon Mode simulates this environment by automatically changing the speed of your pump slowly

        4. Pulse (Short/Long):  Allows for pulsing the pump from minimum to a set maximum speed. This mode is generally used when one wants to create a resonant standing wave in the aquarium. A resonant standing wave refers to a gentle back and forth motion that can be created in the aquarium if you tune the pulse frequency of your VorTech pump to match the harmonic resonant frequency of your aquarium. For every different sized aquarium,

          there will be a unique resonant frequency.

        5. TidalCreates a harmonic balance in your aquarium reminiscent of the changing flow conditions that would be found in nature.

        6. Nutrient: Water is circulated in a two phase program to promote maximum health and nutrient export, as well as increased growth for sensitive corals such as SPS

        7. Sync- Pump operates in unison and is synchronized with the master pump that is selected.  (only possible with multiple pumps)

        8. Anti-Sync: Pump operates opposite to the master pump that is is synchronized to (only possible with multiple pump)

        9. Eco-Back: For pumps that operate on the back wall instead of the side of the aquarium and are synchronized to the master pump (only possible with multiple pumps)



        10. Here is an example configuration of an MP10 in our system:


    5. After plotting your graph and select the different modes, then you may want to  configure some advanced feature (like feed mode).  To do this select the Configure Icon above the graph


    6. Click on the Advanced tab.


    7. When you click the advanced Tab you can add the "If Feed" Statements to turn your pump off during a Feed Mode, or you could add other advanced statements.  In this example, the Vortech will turn off if Feed Mode A or Feed Mode B is activated.  Select "Ok to save your settings.


    8. Finally, when you are satisfied with your Vortech's configuration, update it to your Apex and Apex Fusion.


    9. If you have additional Vortech pumps, it is easy to make them Synced or Anti-Synced with your first Vortech.  To do this, select the second Vortech outlet form your output list (see step 2.1 above).  This will open the Vortech Wizard Graph.  Now select the copy button.


    10. Select your other Vortech outlet to copy from


    11. This will immediately populate your 2nd Vortech to your first Vortech's settings.  You can adjust any point you would like in terms of time and intensity.  Then you can Select the Vortech mode's at the bottom for Sync, Anti-Sync, or Eco-Back. 


    12. Finally, update the outlet name and then your configuration as mentioned in step 2-3 and 2-8.


This will complete your Vortech programming.