Vortech Pumps- How often do you turn them off?


New member
I have a Vortech MP40Wes on my 57 gallon tank which I run on the Reef-Crest and Lagoonal random mode. I hear the pump ramp up and down throughout the day. I'm afraid of burning out the pump if it runs non-stop. I put it into feed mode in the morning and at night to give it a break. My question is, how often do you guys completely power off the pump? Is this necessary?


Active member
Not necessary to power them off, I have had mine down about every 6-8 months when I soak the wetside in vinegar to remove coraline.


I only turn mine off when I'm cleaning the tank (waterchanges bring the water level down to slurping-air range). That's an hour or so every week or two.


Premium Member
Mine are never turned off except for once every 6 months or so when i pull out the wet side to clean it.
They run in feed mode during feedings and night mode every night.


New member
Agree with all the above. Brushless motors are extremely reliable and long-lasting. You don't need to worry about burning up the motor for a very, very long time.