My post got deleted when the site went down so in short:
-Heater: Fluval heaters are good but inexpensive options are the Hydor Theo and Aqueon. I've had a lot of heaters and those brands have been the most reliable. I used to like Stealth heaters but there have been recalls recently due to heaters exploding...so, uh, I won't recommend those at the moment
-Filter: Hagen AquaClears are still some of my favorites even though they aren't as well-built as they used to be. Whisper filters are also generally reliable (and for a good price). We have an Aqueon HOB that's been running without major problems for years but I've found it to be weaker and more prone to clogging.