My first thoughts on Jebao MLW Wave Makers

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Can I ask how it compares to the Nero 3?
Size of unit, strength of flow, variability of flow (ie: how does the min flow of the MLW 5 compare to Min flow of Nero 3 and same for Max flow).
Also, does Feed mode on the MLW switch the pump all the way off or does it just dial it down? (I use a Nero 3 in a Pico and Feed Mode is 1% flow, which is still way too powerful in a small tank.) It would be great to be able to have it power off for 10 mins at the press of a button, instead of requiring manual "Pump Off" then "Pump On".

Also, does anyone know if you can "group" different types of "M" series pumps in the App to be controlled together? Contemplating adding one of the MDP DC controllable pumps as a Return Pump in my 20 gal and I like the idea of being able to control the flow of both MDP and MLW pumps together at feeding time or night - especially being able to hook them both up to a single "Feed" button to wind them down or switch them off.
I like the idea of Apps for programming and configuring equip but I miss having a physical button for quick on/off/pause changes when working around the tank. I love that the Jebao has both.

The MLW-5 is the same size (diameter) as a Nero 3, but it's a bit thicker. I have some pictures comparing them side by side. I'll see if I can find them.

The max flow on the MLW is 792gph, the Nero 3 is 2000gph. So, the minimum flow rates (basically 30% of max) would be 238gph (MLW) and 600gph (Nero).

The Jebao pumps do turn completely off during feed mode.

As for the "wide flow" that everyone talks about with the Neros, I suggest you watch BRS' latest video where they compare a bunch of different wavemakers. The Nero is a lot more narrow than you'd think. It was actually only the middle of the pack in the group they tested.



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The MLW-5 is the same size (diameter) as a Nero 3, but it's a bit thicker. I have some pictures comparing them side by side. I'll see if I can find them.

The max flow on the MLW is 792gph, the Nero 3 is 2000gph. So, the minimum flow rates (basically 30% of max) would be 238gph (MLW) and 600gph (Nero).

The Jebao pumps do turn completely off during feed mode.

As for the "wide flow" that everyone talks about with the Neros, I suggest you watch BRS' latest video where they compare a bunch of different wavemakers. The Nero is a lot more narrow than you'd think. It was actually only the middle of the pack in the group they tested.



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Thanks for this. An interesting watch.
In the end though, the AI Nero (and the Jebao clones) win hands down for me. It's less about width of flow - in a small tank the flow gets broken up by rock and walls and bounces around everywhere anway. That's the joy of smaller tanks, I'm not chasing the biggest or most powerful anything (lights, pumps heaters etc) It's more about what fits best, works best and can be tuned to fit the space best.
What makes these pumps so awesome is the ultra-small profile. The Nero 3 sits on the back wall of my 4 gal and is almost invisible against the glass, barely protrudes into the tank and looks sleek and subtle. In a 20 gal they just blend in completely and I forget they are even there. The only pump in that review with a similar profile is the Ecotech and they can't be mounted on the back wall of an AIO because they aren't waterproof. and frankly the dry side on the side of a tank looks terrible. I'd rather have the pump and wires in the water!
I ordered 2 of the smaller Jebao pumps off Aliexpress (with included "false rock surrounds") and will probably mount them on either side of the 20 gal and see if I can get a bit of wave action going. Don't expect them to arrive for weeks yet (yay for global shipping crisis) but I may even find they work better than a single Nero 3 mine goes in the spares drawer.
 

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American companies are pricing themselves out of the market. As corporate profits continually increase, product prices necessarily climb. In the mean time American workers earn less real wages because the CPI climbs faster than wages do, which means that folks look for cheaper options. Not only that, but the Chinese stuff is pretty dang high quality these days - apart from the apps sometimes. I have had 2 of the excellent SLW-10s for over 2 years now. They are DEAD silent, they push a ton of water, super easy to clean, ceramic impeller shafts, and (at least IMO) the controllers are easy to use. They were less than 60 bucks each.
 
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American companies are pricing themselves out of the market. As corporate profits continually increase, product prices necessarily climb. In the mean time American workers earn less real wages because the CPI climbs faster than wages do, which means that folks look for cheaper options. Not only that, but the Chinese stuff is pretty dang high quality these days - apart from the apps sometimes. I have had 2 of the excellent SLW-10s for over 2 years now. They are DEAD silent, they push a ton of water, super easy to clean, ceramic impeller shafts, and (at least IMO) the controllers are easy to use. They were less than 60 bucks each.
In most cases we customers are just cutting off the middleman and going directly to the supplier anyway.
 
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For example, ask AI if they appreciate their Nero being copied and their IP being stolen to make this pump. Then, ask them if this help them as a legit American business keep people employed at their company and/or helps with future innovation. I am 100% anti Jeabo and freely admit it since I am 100% against IP theft by Chinese companies (not to be confused with legit Chinese companies that abide by IP laws, of which there are plenty). I don't care if people are going to use their stuff since they are going to do what they are going to do, but I just like people know what it is that they are supporting.
From what I understand both AI and Jebao are licensed to use that particular design by the third party that invented it. Not that they are perfect but I believe in this case it’s not an IP violation.
 
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