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NewJet Wave motion pump for nano and minireef – review

NewJet Wave motion pump for nano and minireef - review

We tried the new second-generation NewJet Wave recirculating pumps, which are great for mini and nanoreefs, and we liked them very much.

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Aquarium Systems has upgraded its NewJet Wave motion pumps to the second generation, and we were delighted to try them out.

We are talking about a small movement pump that measures only 6 cm in length, with a flow rate of 2,100 l/h and a power consumption of only 2.2 watts. There are actually 2 NewJet Waves, because there is also one with a flow rate almost half as high. 1,100 l/h for 2 watts of consumption. With the same external measurements. But we chose the 2,100 version because it was perfect for our nanoreef.

Let’s start with the technical characteristics of the NewJet Waves

Flow rate1.100 l/h2.100 l/h
Consumption:2 watt2,2 watt
Recommended capacity for marine aquarium:35-70 liters80-150 liters
Recommended capacity for freshwater aquarium:50-110 liters120-250 liters
Length6,7 cm6,7 cm
Diameter5,2 cm5,2 cm
Price55,10 EUR61,80 EUR

Before we tell you about it at length, however, we leave you with our video presentation, where we also show you how we placed it inside an 80-liter minireef. Although in a temporary position, but the one where the footage looked best.

Differences with the older generation

The difference with the old series is incredible. In form and operation we are talking about completely different pumps. Just think that the consumption has practically halved from 3.5 watts to 2.2 with a 38% decrease!

Another remarkable difference is in the size, which has gone from 8.4 cm to 6.7 cm, a reduction of 20%.

Works with 15 mm thick glass

…yeah, not 15 cm as I said at the end in the video… aside from this joke, I was favorably impressed by the possibility that its magneto-suction unit is suitable for glass up to 15 mm thick. Thus expanding the operational possibilities of this small pump.

Although the main use of a pump like this is in a nano and a minireef, where I think it is used 99 percent of the time, given the capabilities of the magnetovent, it is also possible to use it in a larger marine aquarium as a pump to keep the water moving behind the roch. And this fact expands its versatility.

Also because the pump can be oriented almost anywhere by pivoting on the magneto suction cup. Another very convenient thing, is the ability to remove the pump from the water while leaving the magnets in place, so you don’t have to find where to put it every time.

If we consider its rated flow rate of 2.100 l/h, we could say it is a perfect pump for marine aquariums of soft corals, LPS hard corals and fish up to 210 liters. That is, a pair of pumps that have a flow rate equal to 10 times the volume. Although honestly even I agree with what Aquarium Systems said and would not go beyond 150 liters. For SPS hard corals, on the other hand, in my opinion they are perfect in 50-60 liters nanoreefs.

The pump impeller is very classic and very small considering its size, with its shaft integrated with the pump body.

And the noise?

Believe me when I say that this pump is inaudible. You can’t hear it at all. Absolutely silent. But, as in all good stories there is a but, or a though.

As soon as I put it in the aquarium it was noisy, the vibrations were very annoying. So much so that I called Aquarium Systems directly to find out if it was my problem or a congenital defect in the pump, although it seemed strange to me that it was making noise since it was advertised as extremely quiet.

Well I had installed it incorrectly. But in my, partial, defense, I should note that I had not seen anywhere how I should install it. The two magneto fans, the one that connects directly to the pump, and the one that sits outside the glass are almost identical. Almost. In the sense that they are perfectly identical except for one very small detail. One of them has three small raised balls in the convex part. I hadn’t paid any attention to it, and having taken it apart to take videos and photographs, I had installed it in the aquarium with the three little hemispheres on the outside of the glass. Instead, those three little bumps are just to completely eliminate vibration and noise.

To tell if the pump is working, I have to touch the electrical cord–otherwise it is impossible to tell. A truly remarkable achievement.

Closing comments

If you have a nanoreef or a minireef, or a fresh aquarium that needs movement, and at the same time you are not interested in having flow regulation, these are the pumps for you. They are tiny, tiny at 6.7 cm long, consume nothing, only 2.2 watts, and are absolutely inaudible. What more could we ask for?

The only flaw is the price, because 62 euros is not cheap. Although at that price you get a pump that borders on perfection and the security of a great company behind it, which will always be ready to intervene in case of any problem arises.

Finally, we leave you with a link to our guide on how to best place motion pumps: How to place motion pumps in a marine aquarium – guide (in italian).


Minimum size;
Simple and incredibly practical magneto suction cup system;
Extremely quiet;
Minimal power consumption;
Suitable for thicknesses up to 15 mm;


The price has to be considered;
Not exactly super-simple system of shell release;

NewJet Wave –summary table

Construction quality
Value for money

Disclaimer: Thanks to ASF Aquarium Systems for providing us with the NewJet Wave pump for this review

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Classe 2002, studentessa di Ingegneria Informatica presso UniBo e musicista diplomata in canto moderno. Tra le principali passioni oltre alla musica: poesia, videogames e collezionismo vintage. Traduce articoli di acquariologia per unire la conoscenza della lingua inglese all'interesse verso il mondo marino, alimentato dalla presenza di un acquario in casa sin dalla prima infanzia. Born in 2002, undergraduate student in Computer Engineering and musician, with a bachelor in Popular Music Vocals Performance. Her greatest interests apart from music are poetry, videogames and vintage collecting. On Danireef, she translates aquarium articles to combine English language skills with her interest in the marine world, fueled by having an aquarium in her home since early childhood.