Thanks for all the input guys.
In regards to the Eheim, I'll still probably go with the 2217 over the 2215. Since I can always reduce the flow if it's too much. Plus I'd rather get away with less filter cleanings, and I'm thinking a bigger filter will help me with this.
In regards to the Kessil light, I wasn't 100% set on it. It's a great looking light, but it sounds like it will be way too much for this 30 gallon tank.
I'd still like this tank to be a low tech, but with a clean light (since it's in my living room). What kind of light setups do you guys suggest that won't be too much light, looks good, and won't break the pocket book?