Waveline DC Pumps by H2O Systems

by | Mar 12, 2012 | Advanced Aquarist | 0 comments

wavelogo.jpgH2O Systems is a Canadian company with their sights set on the North American aquarium market by introducing high-tech yet affordable reefkeeping gear such as their new Waveline DC pumps.

Here is a complete run-down of the new Waveline pumps:

  • The product line is currently comprised of two models: The DC-5000 and the DC-10000.  The DC-5000 is in production and the DC-10000 should be in production by the end of April 2012.  A smaller DC-2500 model is also planned for the future.
  • Waveline pumps can be operated in-line or fully submersed.
  • As their model numbers imply, the pumps are direct-current (DC).  DC pumps are considerably more efficient than common AC pumps and allow variable speed control by ramping up/down the motor’s RPM.   Greater efficiency also results in less heat transference to your water.
  • The pumps will come complete with a standard controller (pictured below) that allows users to select between six preset speeds as well as engage a 10 minute feed mode with a push of a button.
  • H2O systems is working on an optional, advanced control module that will feature a photo cell (for day/night sensing), dynamic variable speed control, pulse mode ability, and interoperability with popular aquarium controllers like the apex.
  • The DC-5000 outputs 1320gph (5000lph).  The DC-10000 outputs 2640gph (10,000lph).
  • The DC-5000 consumes 40 watts.  The DC-10000 consumes 85 watts.
  • The DC-5000’s MRSP is $239.99 USD.  The DC-10000’s MSRP is $349.99 USD.
  • Waveline is now available in Canada and should appear in the USA very shortly.


With all these features, the Waveline pumps represent attractive alternatives to popular high-end, internal/external circulation pumps like the Eheim Hobby pumps and Askoll-based pumps (e.g. Red Dragon, ATB FlowMaster, Marine Solutions).  The Wavelines are considerably more affordable than other DC pumps hitting the market in recent months (e.g. Red Dragon DC, Deltec E-Flow).

Fully controllable flow rates. Extremely low power consumption.  Quiet operation.  Affordable pricing (for their market segment).  H2O Systems may have a real winner on their hands.


  • Leonard Ho

    I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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