i need to combine 2 small planted tanks into one. i don't wantt to go any larger than 12 gal
either i go with a 10gal (10.5x20in) with a eclipse 1 hood (plus a retrofit kit giving me 32watts).
this tank is clear all around, and has a nice length for the fish, and the filtration system doesn't take away 'fish space'
the 12 gal
nano cube deluxe with 2-24watt bulbs.
this has a black back, and is more squat (hence the 'cube' designation), but frankly, i don't know how much 'real estate' the filter system takes up in the back of the tank.