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Hi guys, I went to have dinner with my god father becuase it was his birthday and he knows I keep fish, so he asked me to have a look for him where I could put a tank for him.

So I am wondering if anyone knows if its possible to do a flow through design for a planted tank.
So no visible filtration just water rotation.
He plans to spend around 7800usd on his tank.

Any suggestions on systems would be great.
Also ideas on making maintenance as low as possible while still keeping the tank clean.
 
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For $7800, he could probably get a specialist in aquariums to do a custom design and custom build for the tank and have a sump setup with auto water changing including all the plumbing.
 
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what do you mean by flow through design?
do you want a tank with no visible filter/ hoses, or do you want a tank that gets automatically water changed?

if you have a trickle filter under the tank, you can have a couple of pipes come up through the bottom of the tank in the back corners and they can use black pipe and you won't see it.
 

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That's a lovely budget for a 260 gal tank!! What an amazing project. I also recommend that he considers the architectural aspects of things at the onset - does he want a standalone tank or is it worth it to him to get it built into the wall? Will it be a "room divider" tank or against a wall? Is it in the living room, dining room, basement, outside, etc?

If by flow-through you mean "walstad-style", then that is a completely different beast than "flow-through" in the "hook up to the house plumbing and water changes are automatically done" style. In either case, it also affects the placement of the tank as well, since the requirements are different.

Regardless, for such a big tank, a sump may not be the worst idea as @Colin_T suggested, though may not need to be as tricked out if flow-through in this case means continuous water change system.
 
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That's a lovely budget for a 260 gal tank!! What an amazing project. I also recommend that he considers the architectural aspects of things at the onset - does he want a standalone tank or is it worth it to him to get it built into the wall? Will it be a "room divider" tank or against a wall? Is it in the living room, dining room, basement, outside, etc?

If by flow-through you mean "walstad-style", then that is a completely different beast than "flow-through" in the "hook up to the house plumbing and water changes are automatically done" style. In either case, it also affects the placement of the tank as well, since the requirements are different.

Regardless, for such a big tank, a sump may not be the worst idea as @Colin_T suggested, though may not need to be as tricked out if flow-through in this case means continuous water change system.
yep that's what I mean a continuos water change system
 

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How awesome! Yes if that's the budget I would recommend working with a professional because they will help avoid a bunch of beginner mistakes and will allow everyone to enjoy the tank instead of being bothered by a pipe that is in the wrong place, or a flow rate that has to be tweaked every week, etc etc. Please keep us updated on this project, this is SO COOL
 

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Just be careful of any fully automatic system as you tend to assume it is working correctly all the time and forget about it. Then if it fails it will have a serious impact on the tank. With tanks regular observation is important, and the time you spend around the tank water changing is part of that observation time. I have set up tanks with drain valves and auto fill mechanisms but have never had them set up so you can let them do their own thing
 

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