The third generation Koralia pump is Hydor’s latest breed of propeller pump which really bring with them a next generation level of refinement. Any pump manufacturer can deliver incremental improvements to their newest pumps, kinda like what hydor did with the second generation Koralias, but these third generation Koralias are better, faster, quieter, stronger in so many ways as to really make these a worthy upgrade.
We got a first-hand look at Hydor’s latest at ReefStock 2015 where we saw for ourselves that Hydor has dedicated a lot of time and attention to all of the details that make a great water mover in reef aquaria. The new Koralias are truly packing a laundry list of new specifications, and even half of them alone would put the Koralia back at the head of the pack of great performing and affordable propeller pumps.
There are so many new changes and improvements to the 3rd generation Koralia that it’s hard to know where to start telling you about them. The motors themselves are stronger and more efficient than ever with the largest of three sizes clocking in under 10 watts of power consumption while still producing a nice strong jet of nearly 2,500 gallons per hour.
The shape of the new Koralia pumps is slightly more egg-shaped now with a body made of a dark smoky plastic frame which slightly translucent and slightly glossy, giving it quite an attractive appearance. Clearly the most stand-out feature of the 3rd gen Koralia is it’s much low profile from the tank which is mostly due to its totally new and incredibly ingenious mounting system.
The Dual Magnetic Support System or DMSS uses two separate magnetic joints, one between the pump and the mount, and another between the mount and its external supporting magnet. The entire mount is made of a soft silicone to both reduce vibration noise, and also to act as a sort of soft suction cup that is backed up with magnetic force.
As we have come to expect from all magnetic mounts, the DMSS allows the pump to be mounted anywhere on the glass. Meanwhile, the magnetic shaped part of the mount that mates up with the rear of the pump allows the pump to be point almost perpendicular to the glass at close to a 90 degree angle, for nearly 180 degrees of freedom in both the X and Y axis.
We should be able to divulge a little more about the third generation Koralia from Hydor in the coming weeks as the official unveiling is slated to be very soon, with full details and pricing to be revealed around then.