Quick update...I'll be updating my tank log with anything further. Picked up the equipment from my friend, and there is a ton of stuff. The filter unfortunately looks like it's 50% the capacity I need (GPH-wise), so might be doing a sump setup (I know, 30G doesn't really benefit from a sump). I have a sufficient pump, just no appropriate filtration method.
The MTS is in the initial rinse cycle, so hopefully more updates in the next week or so.
Anyways, thanks for the input!