For the cost of buying filters I would recommend getting the tank either drilled or adding a hang on overflow and running a sump. To get a fancy acrylic sump around my area costs about 200 bucks and a hob
overflow is about 100. For a decent canister is about 250. I know after personal experience your better off to spend the extra 50 for a sump. Way less maintenance and its a natural form of filtration (if you have a refugium) plus the refugium is a great spot for pods
to breed to sustain a mandarin which lets face it we all like mandarins. I did the canister thing and it worked so don't think it won't but it is extra work when you have to clean It often. Heck my father in law runs 2 canisters on his tank and it is a great system. However a sump is easier to maintain and adds water volume which adds stability. Plus then you can hide your heaters and skimmer there and not have to look at them.