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    What is the general rule of thumb when determining the size of the filter needed for a large tank? I have read the filter should cycle the tank 4 times per hour. Is this correct? I am deciding on a 120 gallon or a 210 gallon tank and want to go with Fluval FX5 plus an Aquaclear 110. If I go with the 210 do I need two FX5s? The tank will be a discus tank and I know water quality is critical for these fish. Thanks

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    For the 210 I would agree with dual Fluval FX5 filters. I am an Eheim guy myself so I would probably go with dual Eheim 2260 filters or maybe one of each. Fluval has significantly higher flow while Eheim has significantly higher media capacity when comparing those two filter.
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    I don't think too much would really change from your orginal plan of a 180 gallon tank that you asked about in your last thread

    If your going with a 120 gallon, I would suggest a FX5 and a AC110

    If your going with the 210, I would suggest two FX5s

    My recommendations are based on my experiances using a FX5 on a 90 gallon tank.
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