Not sure about the aps filter as I haven't used them, but I think they are ok. You want to be aiming for 7+ times turnover of the water in your tank each hour. Dint forget that you will lose approx 25% filter flow once media is added.
The other tanks are a bit small for most Africans long term. They could be used as breeder/fry/grow out tanks. You could keep a small dwarf species group in the 180.
Lighting is personal preference. White and blue is a good colour combo.