So, just Fish, Plants and Light?
One of the large pumps my mom and dad had when I was really young was called, "The Silent Giant."
We had brass valves for the tubing to go to the different tanks. The first type of filter we used was the bottom/undergravel filter. Those work, but they get dirty.
Then we had the hang on the side using with the air pump that you put charcoal and floss on top of it. I recall that you would start that almost by suction.
This works as well or better that any of those Aquaclear/Penguin/Wisper side power filters in my opinion, but the old Aquaclear power filters would last a very long time. I think in one of the 5 gallon tanks we had about 100 guppies...lol...we had so many that my mom just let the angelfish have a feast one day.
My parents never used a bottom box filter, I have used that a few years ago, or the sponge filters. I have never used a Canister filter in my life. The filter I currently have on my 30 gallon tall is a Marineland Eclipse 2, and it is very quiet. They don't sell those very often due to the price. I got it with the used tank for a very inexpensive price as a set.
My mom, my daughter, and I each have had the same type of dream. The angelfish come out of the tank and start swimming in the air towards us.