There are many powerheads on the market today and, luckily, among the major manufacturers there really are no bad choices. One option that strikes a great balance between features, reliability and cost is the Nero line of powerheads by Aqua Illumination. AI offers two Nero models, the Nero 3 and the Nero 5.
The Nero 5 model is the larger of the two and is capable of providing up to 3000 gph of flow at its maximum setting. It has an incredibly small footprint in the tank, measuring only 2” deep, while still providing powerful water movement. Also included is a fish guard that will prevent curious fish or invertebrates from being sucked into the wavemaker.
Both Nero models connect seamlessly in minutes to the myAI app via bluetooth. The app allows for almost endless customization options including Constant Mode, Pulse Mode, Random Mode and Feed Mode. Different modes can be combined into a 24 hour schedule with infinite possible combinations. Multiple Nero 5 powerheads can be combined together to run in a single program or controlled separately. For users who prefer to use a control module, the Nero 5 includes a single button controller with an LED indicator to indicate modes and speeds.
The Nero 5 is easily mounted anywhere in the tank and is held in place with a powerful external magnet. The head swivels to allow flow to be directed where it is needed in the tank. Due to its large diameter, the Nero 5 directs flow in a more diffuse pattern than many other powerheads, increasing the overall water movement in the tank.
Aqua Illumination offers a wide range of replacement parts to help keep the Nero 5 running problem-free for many years. They also offer industry leading customer support and warranty services.
For hobbyists looking for an affordable, compact and reliable full featured powerhead the AI Nero 5 makes a great choice.