Aqua Illumination launch Nero 7 Powerhead | Reef Builders


Reefers woke this morning to information of the most recent product launch from Aqua Illumination – the Nero 7. A much bigger brother to the Nero 3 and 5 wave pumps, the Nero 7 is AI’s strongest stream pump thus far, able to turning over as much as 4000gph/15142lph for a most energy draw of 40 watts of power.

The Nero is known for its compact, puck-like form factor, and regardless of its now fairly appreciable stream fee, AI has squeezed down the Nero 7 into a tool that’s simply 3.38” in diameter and a couple of.24” thick on the moist aspect, which is barely a bit bit wider and over half an inch thinner than the moist aspect on an MP40.

The propellor design and shade have remained unchanged for the brand new mannequin, the one giveaway being these further inlet slots on the aspect, for added floor space and elevated water uptake. The Nero 7 is rated for aquaria from 80 to over 500 gallons and might connect to glass that’s .79”/20mm thick – a necessity with bigger braceless tank fashions as of late.


The Nero 7 options an inline push button controller or can hook up with the My AI or Mobius apps by way of Bluetooth. Modes embrace Random, Pulse, Fixed, and Feed, or a Schedule could be set as much as change modes and output all through the day. The pump itself consists of 15 levels of motion on the magnet mount and for many who worry for his or her cellular inverts and slow-moving fish, a fish guard can also be provided. 

What we expect

The Nero 7 is priced within the US at $299.99, which if you evaluate it with others within the 4000gph and up class, and the truth that it connects straight to an app, is nice worth, coming in at a lower cost level than we anticipated. Maxspect’s Gyre XF350 Cloud Edition ($399.99) and EcoTech’s VorTech MP40 QD ($429.99) are each extra highly effective and extra feature-rich, however when you have a 180-gallon reef tank, you’ll nonetheless most likely purchase two and that’s when the financial savings turn into noticeable. 

Based mostly solely on this early launch of data, the brand new Nero 7 from Aqua Illumination will attraction to gearheads and coral collectors alike. It appears good, it has all the things we require from a wave pump, and it’s actually competitively priced. Pair the Nero vary with AI’s Blade LED striplight, and also you’ve bought two pure reefing companions we undoubtedly wish to play with.  

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