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I would be grateful if anyone could give their esteemed opinion on AIO setups vs Rimless. Do they both eventually require sumps anyways to hook up skimmers and all the peripherals?

i was thinking of 16g (+/-) AIO with a mod lid as a desktop. But It looks like after skimmer, you quickly run out of room for anything else So maybe a nano rimless with a sump is “cleaner” up top?

I guess for a few zoas + softies I don’t need too much peripheral equipment but any input would be appreciated.
 

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Tbh it depends on you. I’ve ran nanos and picos with and with out skimmers, high end and cheap setups. If your just gonna do a zoa heavy tank and a say a pair of clowns or something similar weekly 10% water changes are best. Rather put that money in a nice light. For a small tank having a sump I feel makes it not work it might as well get a bigger tank. The only thing I would say you need is an ato for sure. I never will run any size tank with out an ato.
Hope that helps a bit
 
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evaporation in an AIO with lid shouldn’t be a huge deal or?
 

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evaporation in an AIO with lid shouldn’t be a huge deal or?
I have a glass lid on mine (10 gallon WaterBox) with just the back partition open to air and I lose maybe 1-1.5 cups of water over the weekend which is basically negligible. ATO would be nice, but for me I like not having extra stuff around, especially since its on my desk at work.
 

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