Canister filters for small tanks -- looking for advice.
Hi guys. My current HOB filter is starting to crap out so I'm thinking of getting my first canister filter. I have been doing a lot of research on my own but because I value this community's experience and knowledge I thought I'd try soliciting some advice here too.
I have a 10 gal planted tank with shrimp (so many shrimp... send help). In the future I'd like to upgrade to a 20 or 30 gallon so if I can use the same filter, that would be a plus. Also, my significant other won't let me have aquariums unless they are completely silent, so a filter that makes no noise is mandatory. I'm also guessing I need something with adjustable flow so I don't turn my tank into a shrimp tornado.
Right now I'm leaning toward the Eheim 2213, but while searching these forums I've heard a lot of people say that it's not worth the cost, or that they break easily, or that there are better alternatives. What are your thoughts on this? What are the better alternatives? I've heard a lot about Sunsun recently but it's hard to find information about the specific filters to know which one would be right for me.
I am happy to explore off-brands but reliability is very important to me. I am willing to pay more for a filter that has a lower chance of leaking or crapping out.
Aside from what I have read on the internet, I don't know anything about canister filters. Is there anything in specific you guys think I should know? How do you think a canister filter (vs. HOB) impacts quantity and regularity of water changes?
Thanks, everyone. Your advice is greatly appreciated.