Filter for 46 Gal Discus Aquarium HOB vs Canister?? - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 07-04-2015, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
New Member
Exclamation Filter for 46 Gal Discus Aquarium HOB vs Canister??

Hello everyone!! I recently moved and I'm planning on upgrading my 15 gal column tank to a 46 gallon bow front. I have 3 years experience and would like to try a discus aquarium. I plan on keeping lots of live plants to provide a "natural" home for the fish. As of right now I only have the tank (46gal Aqueoon bow front) and I purchased a coralife H.O. dual T5 for 30$! I plan on running a 6700k bulb and a coralife colormax bulb. As for filter--- I have no idea what to get! I was thinking about either a HOB aqua clear or Fluval.. but maybe a canister filter? What would be best for a discus tank (i know they're very picky about water quality). Can anyone help me out? pros and cons for both please. Thank you!
Coasty is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 07-13-2015, 03:37 PM
tankman12's Avatar
Both are good, canisters tend to be more powerful and a lot quieter then a big HOB. But HOBs tend to have more surface agitation. So I would recommend what I have in my 29 gallon, both... i have a fluval 306 (very quiet), aqueon quietflow 10 (little more current and surface agitation, very quiet as well), and three powerheads (ones for co2, and the two others go on and off at random times to give some different flow). Flow is key in a planted tank because you want the planted to gently sway in the current. Its a big help in reducing algae.

So for filters i would recommend the fluval 406, since I love my 306 I'll recommend the next size up since your tank is larger, and either an aqueon quietflow 10 or 20(20 is a little louder but still one of the quietest HOBs I know of). Along with one or too powerheads... All that would add some real good flow and super filtration... It would also be pretty quiet IMO.

Also make sure you dont use carbon it removes the nutrients thats the plants consume.

Last edited by tankman12; 07-13-2015 at 03:46 PM.
tankman12 is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 07-13-2015, 03:57 PM
jeaninel's Avatar
For a 46 gallon planted Discus tank I would go with a Fluval 406 canister. I have a couple of these and am real happy with them. Personally, I don't think you need the addition of an hob as you don't want too much surface agitation which will offgas the CO2 from the water. But a power head with the output placed under the surface would be a good idea to increase circulation.

150 Gallon - Mostly American Cichlids
135 Gallon - Angelfish Community
75 Gallon - Odd couple (Polleni/Angelfish)
55 Gallon - African tank
20 Gallon Long - QT
10 Gallon - Empty
jeaninel is offline  

canister filter , discus , filter , hob filter , set up

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
canister filter vs hob filter jay0884 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 17 01-02-2014 04:27 PM
HOB or canister?? Phishnpups Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 13 06-22-2013 12:14 AM
Positioning of Canister Filter and HOB Filter in 55 Gal Tank Cja313 Freshwater Aquarium Equipment 21 12-07-2012 01:25 PM
aquaclear 20 or tom aquarium rapids canister filter Jwest Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 1 06-21-2011 05:38 AM
Finally, a canister filter for the small aquarium rsn48 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 4 03-30-2010 05:32 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome