We just installed a Tom's Mini canister on our ten gallon betta tank. It is very quiet. But it's too early to tell how well it works. And I had to improvise to make it a better mechanical filter. The only thing I really don't like about it are the flexible hoses it comes with to connect the filter to the inlet and outlet.
We had a Finnex HOB refugium we tried making a filter from. But it doesn't flow enough water to do anything useful. And it makes a lot of gurgling noise when you turn the air up. Maybe with the optional water pump it might work. But it would still take work to get the water to flow through any media instead of just across it.