Just to be clear, the true REEf set up should be with Sump and skimmer, no canister filtration nor HoB
filters. For your case, I think any type of filtration would work, just need to make sure you are on top of the mant.
main issue for these type of set up is the air exchange. becuase of the limitation on water surfaces, you will have much less air exchange for the tank which lead to less oxygen in the water. You will need to find a different way to replace that wil your set up if you not running some kind of sump.