The Nanoprop 5000 propeller water pump from AquaMedic is a skinny pump which is more mini than nano. On the side, the NanoProp looks like an absolute porker but when you see it head on, the NanoProp is a propeller pump with a different design. You may have noticed that the now dominant propeller pumps on the market are actually made up of a relatively small motor and propeller with a big cage of an intake strainer around it to protect fish and reef life. The size of the intake strainer has typically been distributed spherically making the stream and korallias of the world rather orbicular but AquaMedic went a different direction with the NanoProp. The OceanProp 15K may be a brick of propeller flow but the NanoProp is approaching a pancake with a flattened design which is great for stuffing this pump in the outer reaches of the reef. The NanoProp is fastened to the aquarium glass with a twisting suction mechanism which was hard to get at first, but once the suction cup was locked it was actually hard to pull off without undoing the twisty-suction. The DC motor of the NanoProp is really efficient with a three bladed propeller design and a DC power supply which controls the output of the NanoProp with manual adjustment of the input voltage. The NanoProp is a lover, not a fighter; it will deliver decent flow for small and medium sized reef tanks while adding very little heat but it won’t be breaking any water flow speed records. We expect the NanoProp will be ideally suited to reef aquarium applications where discretion is a priority, flowing up to a 50 gallon reef with modest flow needs but it isn’t so much an SPS flow pump. The NanoProp should becomes available in later summer and the pricing is still to be determined. Continue reading for a couple more angles on the skinny new NanoProp 5000 from AquaMedic.