Hello all. I purchased a Spec V and am waiting for delivery. I read most descriptions as stating that this tank is 17" long. However, after looking at the box at my LFS, I noticed that the dimensions show 17" not including the filter area. My question to anyone that owns this aquarium is the overall 17" or larger? The stand that I planned on using is just slightly longer than 18" so I'm thinking I may need to rethink this stand. Thanks for the help.