I've had the 2026 running on my 58 gal
for about 18 months, and I cannot think of anything bad to say about it. It's whisper quiet and provides more than enough filtration and surface agitation for my tank.
I've only opened the cannister twice since setting it up. When I did, I rinsed the ceramic noodles, ehi-substrat, and fiber pad in tank water, and thoroughly rinsed out the cannister itself. I never use the carbon pads. I do weekly 40% water changes and gravel vacs.
It's a nice filter, and you got it at a good price from Big Als (sometimes it goes on sale for $145). I stupidly bought myfilter/media from the lfs
and paid about $250.