thanks for the kind words guys. believe it or not camaro, this is my first go round w/ a wood project like this. i am an auto tech so i have a good tool knowledge, but not so much w/ carpentry and wood tooling. i got a few tips from some other forum friends that helped alot. basically i worked on them on my 2 days off every week. i went over the DIY thread i did at PF, and it was actually closer to 8 weeks.
by resevoir i mean a tank to age water in, so when i do water changes, the water is preconditioned for the main tank. same temp and such. also that eliminates the need for dechlorinator, as chlorine evaorates from the water over time, i will put them in maybe next year.
thanks again for checkin out my project!