Getting back into the hobby after about 15 busy years away (the nest is empty, to it is time to get back into some old hobbies). I am lusting after a nice tank featuring Discus. We are looking at the 76 gallon 1/2 round from Oceanic.
The store with this tank on the floor recommended a Marineland C-530 for this application - 530 GPH
is a 7x turnover rate. I have been also looking at the Fluval Fx5 (607 GPH
), Eheim 2075 (290 GPH
) and Rena Filstar XP3.
I have read various threads on various sites on the pros and cons of the various brands. I am leaning towards either the Eheim or the Rena ($220 versus $135) but am wondering if a 4-5x turnover is adequate for Discus??
I see all sorts of recommendations from 4x to 10x. I am interested in recommendations for what flow rate is right for such a setup. Also, I plan to make it a planted tank - probably very planted (may take the CO2
plunge as well).