well, holding off on a new tank for a while, I've decided to get a new cam instead.
since I'm fairly versed in using analog SLR camera, I wanted to get a cam that would offer a similar degree of preformance and features, but not cost several grand 8O
so I chose the Nikon Coolpix 5700
i found a good price online, and then there is a $100 rebate, so it was a bargain I hope
haven't mastered all the menus and whatnot yet, so it'll be a few more days before I start crankin out quality pics