Inkbirds had mixed reveiws on a few vendors sites but people here seem to like them.2x Eheims 300 watts connected to an Inkbird temperature controller. This will give you the stability you are looking for.
Buy the wifi version of the Inkbird, and make sure it’s the one made for fish tank (the probe is made so it won’t rust).
Thats what I assumed you would do but wanted to check. I was eyeing Ehiem's new Thermocontrol E since it is digitally controlled and has no mechanical components to wear out and physically stick on: Aquarium Supplies, Fish Tanks and LED Lights - Marine DepotAgree, I'm personally a fan of inkbirds, have two of them, nice failsafe.
Set your heater 1-2 degrees above your inkbird range. Eheim would be at 83 degrees or so, then set 81-82 or just 82 on the inkbird. I have heard most eheims will need a little calibrating when you first get them though - not too hard, might want to check that the Eheim's 83 is actually 83 degrees.
Thats what I assumed you would do but wanted to check. I was eyeing Ehiem's new Thermocontrol E since it is digitally controlled and has no mechanical components to wear out and physically stick on: Aquarium Supplies, Fish Tanks and LED Lights - Marine Depot
Since the ehiem have built in temp control, what do you set the built in temp to when controlling them with the inkbird?
I have heard most eheims will need a little calibrating when you first get them though - not too hard, might want to check that the Eheim's 83 is actually 83 degrees.
Those look great, I have never used them before but rarely can you go wrong with eheim, digital seems nice taking out the mechanical parts as well, will have to look into these myself.
As you were a past reefer, I'm sure you are aware of a lot more gadgets as well then we are, did you ever use an APEX controller or anything like that? I don't know how practical or useful it would be for freshwater but I feel like it could be used for something, especially with a discus tank and how valuable those adult fish are. Or even the angels if you are going that route now.
Ive wanted them for years and have done tons of research into them, both before I went to salt water and now that I am back in fresh water. Discus and a community planted tank is always a hot topic, purists will always say dont do it, casual keepers say its fine..... IF I do discus ill be buying full grown adults because growing them out in a planted tank wont work out well, this I know lol. I also have no desire to grow out juveniles in a bare bottom right now. So since I dont wanna fork over the money for adults I am likely switching to angelsWell for both of you being new to discus your approaching it the wrong way. Please start with a bare bottom tank. Plants and discus are not recommended. And I keep plants!! So much to discus! They are not normal fish. Check out the thread discus gang updates and mine on beginner discus keepers. Read a lot about discus.