No worries that question is directly related to the thread.
For what I want & the tank as it is today, I think it's outstanding. I have a DIY 10PPI Foam pre-filter foam on the intake. That does tend to load-up but the shrimp love feeding off it. The clean schedule in my tank probably could be pushed out farther? But, I don't find it a burden to clean the pre-filter and mechanical cartridge weekly as I'm changing water anyway. The monthly rinse of the bio-filter is so easy to do, I don't think twice about it.
I've found over the years with many different filer systems, if I's easy it gets done more often.
Filter clog & need service more because of the human in the equation than the tank. At this point I don't do much planting. A few wks ago I move two baby C. Nurii away from the glass. When I replanted I turn off the filter for two hrs and let the tank settle. The little MTS I kicked up settled on the bottom and wasn't drawn into the filter. Then 3-4 days later it when into the sand cap.
It might be a bit too strong for a 17gl tank unless you plan to use the spray bar. Since your going to push water through Hydor in-line heater AND a Sera Flore 500 reactor you might be o.k. with the standard duck foot return.
As you can see I went to the acrylic lilly pipes from E*B*A*Y.