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AI Nero 3 Wave Pump - Aqua Illumination

Small, Powerful, and Smart!

Max Flow - 2000 GPH

The Nero pump you know and love, now in a smaller form factor. Aqua Illumination's Nero 3 creates an adjustable broad flow that is strong but gentle at the same time. Traditional propeller designs produce a hard stream that can irritate corals where the Nero 3's innovative propeller pushes water in a wide pattern that can move foods, detritus, or other free-floating particles around without blasting corals directly. Powerheads have many different uses around a reef tank, but the main goal is to produce enough flow to keep low-flow spots from forming in your tank and help elevate detritus to be sucked into the filtration. With BlueTooth LE technology you can set the pump up into different modes, or create a daily schedule to change the flow up throughout the day.


  • Whisper Quiet
  • Controllable
  • Efficient
  • Compact Design
  • Broad Flow



BlueTooth LE, connect to your pumps faster with a longer range and unlocks a bunch of features, but mostly lets you skip the whole process of creating a wireless network to interface through. Now with the Aqua Illumination Nero 3, open the MyAi App, choose a mode, and control the flow in your aquarium. Different flow modes let you choose what is right for your corals and fish. A couple notable modes are the Random and Schedule modes, create a full-blown daily schedule that cycles through different modes and settings throughout the day, or let the Nero 3 randomize itself with the Random mode. The included controller only has one button but is very powerful and if you do not want to control the pump through a smart device don't worry, pressing or holding the button for different lengths of time can change the speed, mode, or turn the pump off or on without having to access any additional control interfaces. 


Flow Modes:

  • Random - Keep your tank guessing with the random flow mode. The Nero 3 will randomly change its flow rate throughout the day creating natural water movement throughout your reef tank. 
  • Pulse - Creating a standing wave can be done with the Nero 3 in Pulse Mode. The pulse interval can be changed to harmonize with your aquarium, along with the max flow rate. Having a wave can cause additional stress on your aquarium, but is a great method for lifting settled detritus from hard to reach areas. 
  • Constant - Set it and forget it! Just set the appropriate flow rate and the Nero 3 will keep flowing at that speed until you change the mode or flow. 
  • Schedule - Create a schedule that can utilize multiple different flow modes. With the MyAi app creating a schedule for your flow is simple and can be done in minutes!
  • Feed - If you target feed, having a pump with feed mode is a requirement. Just hold the driver button for 2-5 seconds to put the Nero 3 into feed mode for 10 minutes. 
  • All-Off - Turn off your pump whenever you want with full control over when they turn back on. Just hold the driver button for 6 or more seconds to turn the pump off. Touching the button again will restart the pump. 


Magnetic Mounting

Mounting the Nero 3 only takes a minute and with the included magnetic mounting system moving the pump around only takes a second. Giving around 15° of movement, you can angle the Nero  to direct flow in your aquarium where you need it. The two-part mounting system incorporates an inner magnet and an outer magnet that can couple together through 1/2" of glass or less, and the pump then sits into the beveled inner magnet for an isolated and quiet mounting system. 

  • Max Flow: 2000 GPH
  • Max Glass Thickness: 1/2"
  • Dimensions (wetside): 1.54" x 2.25"
  • Power Consumption: (variable) 20W @ 120VAC max


  • 1x Nero 3 Powerhead

  • 1x Nero 3 Guard

  • 1x Nero 3 Controller

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    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    • What kind of aquariums have you used this with? Saltwater
    • Years in hobby? 1

    small, good looking and efficient.

    DANNY N.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    • Years in hobby? 5
    • What kind of aquariums have you used this with? Saltwater
    Good & Smart

    Pump work as advertise. Happy so far

    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    • What kind of aquariums have you used this with? Freshwater
    • Years in hobby? 5 years
    THE BEST WAVE PUMP FOR FISH TANK Perfect for my aquarium!

    I BUY THIS PUMP FOR MY FRESH WATER FISH TANK 30 GALLONS WITH PLANTS AND FISHES This is an excellent small flow pump that will not take up much space in your tank. Easy to connect to phone via the app and program. Has random setting to simulate reef, a pulse to simulate waves and steady option. You can program it to change throughout the day or to stick to one option. This is silent and even when sitting in chair next to the tank cannot hear it

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