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I have a 20 gallon in my room. I have all the gear that you could put on your 55 gallon(overflow box,return pump, fans on my light fixture).
You dont have to worry about smell, if you dont overstock it wont be a problem. But the noise would be the bigest problem. The noise will depend on wether or not you do a sump. Your tank would be silent if you did a fish only tank and just used some powerfilters for filtration.
Be sure to buy a quality overflow box and return pump.
When i fire up my tank the noise is anoying at first but i get used to it. But if your doing a reef then you want to position your tank far from any tv, the bright lighting is very distraction when you want to watch the tube.

Are built in overflows quiter than hang on boxes?
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