Great layout, love it. I know what you mean on clatter noise coming from those cheap aqueon internals. I use to use Hagen aquaclear power heads with their quick filter modules on them, dead quiet. It was easy to roll up your own filter pads around core.
I use to have a 60breeder with few neon and inornata rainbows and pair of purple stripe gudgeon and few simple plants. It was easily my fav tank of all.
Thanks! Sounds like you have good taste in aquarium things.
I have found that for me, the tanks that can be approximately 90% watching the fish and observing plant growth and 10% actually messing around with the plants are the most enjoyable.