What type of cichlids are you going to be shooting for?
I like canister filters but imho
they have a major drawback in that they don't have a whole lot of flow. Great at filtering but I prefer to run my tanks at about 10x the tank volume per hour in flow. So if you plan for that and go a couple sizes larger than your tank it works out great.
In my 55g cichlid tank I ran 2 55g HOB
filters which worked out great as well.