There's nothing wrong with being frugal! I suppose in this forum we care deeply about the care of marine life and just want to warn you that keeping marine life is not an inexpensive prospect.
Many people think that they can spend a few hundred dollars and be done with it - but there are many many hidden costs associated with sw
tanks - so people who come into this forum need to be aware that having a sw
tank is not comparable to having a fw
tank (with respect to expense).
Of course there is nothing wrong with shopping around, etc... Just remember that unless you be careful - and chose wisely - you end up getting what you paid for.
Please do not take our valid concerns/warnings as a personal attack on you - we just want to make sure you know what you are getting yourself into.
I think it's great that you built a top for your tank!!!