Where I am placing the tank in the family room I think that the filter would be best hanging off the end of the tank rather than the back. This is only a space consideration.
Are there any issues that come up setting it up that way?
I'm going to put a glass top on, I would obviously have to come up with a way of covering the tank... Maybe just go with a shorter cover and put a cross brace at the end, it doesn't matter.
25 gal 24 x 12 top. I'm sure the aquaclear 30 will fit, I don't have it to measure and I don't think that the online docs give dimensions.
It will be planted, anticipating lots if plants and schooling fish. Not exactly sure which fish yet though but I don't think that a little less end to end circulation will be a concern... or am I incorrect or does it really matter which fish we end up with.