I got the bookshelf tank and Let me just say if I had the funds to have bought 3 more I would have. However For less go to petsmart and for like $40 there is a 10 gal starter kit with everythying you need minus a heater, decor, gravel and of course water and a fish
my first big tank was one of those, i have since upgraded the hood and such but it is a GREAT buy! also Check if Petco is still doing the dollar per gallon sale right now. Also If you do like me and get a pals reward card you get $5 back for every $100 you buy, seems like it would take a while but trust me, you'll get there FAST!
Good luck with your choice!