I've been very happy with my Eheim 2026. In fact, I am planning to get another for the 30 gal
I will be setting up soon.
Eheim pros: Very reliable, no leaks, whisper quiet, and very easy to clean.
Eheim cons: Relatively expensive, can be hard to find spare parts.
Big Als is currently selling the 2028 complete with media for $249. You found a bargain.