Mitchell if you did ever set one up you ought to consider the vase. Here are several reasons that's the easiest nano reef anyone could run and the shape is 99% of the balance:
-the vase inner diameter neck allows a lid with the exact circumference to sit on the neck, inside the upper lip but held in place by the curve of the vase. This directs all splatter back into the bowl. The lid creates a high humidity micro dome over the tank, and nearly seals it, but still allows for pressure vent from the airstone. So the topoff is every three days and this is unheard of in gallon tanks. I have never tried auto topping a nano, I always controlled the evap instead. There are no moving parts or fluids it is 100% preferable in a micro sw
-the shape of the vase somehow resticts nearly all microalgae glass growth to the upper neck areas, easily wiped/scraped. I believe it's due to lighting intensity gradients but either way if you ever get flatworms, a little algae etc it all eventually congregates here for some reason. The globe part of the bowl stays amazingly clear for a very long time in this setup. The constant upward flow of the airstone along the back wall must have some effect on depositions as well...
--this design is the ideal balance between sealing and heat retention. The sealed tanks' tradeoff hassle is temperature spikes, fanning is usually needed. The vase is only partially sealed, and along with CO2
-driving abilities the constant airstone bubbling cools the tank considerably. No fanning needed, it only runs one degree above your ambient room temp/ the heater is grossly oversized, i think 50 watts in a one gallon vase. you couldn't put ice around this bowl and cool it lol
this image below is the atto unit. A polycarbonate passive flow unit for a destructive var of acropora predator crabs. This tank is housed in the refugium, and fed/respired off the flow in the tank passively via diffusion slits cut along all sides, like jail wire. he was fed cyclopeeze, lived well but in gulag. This shell is built out of the packaging for one nine volt battery from radioshack. In it was a sandbed, live rock chips and some mushroom juvenile pedal tissue type frags.