You won't have the slowest build ever, I think that distinction would belong to me. I ordered my tank in May of 2015 and no water yet. I like the way you have your goals set and make them attainable. I wish I were that organized, but - no. Ha! Nice looking sump. Everything that I have seen from them up to now has been on the pricier side. I like that it is 3/8" acrylic, since there is no upper rim. You will still have to deal with the sock brackets, which are a bit of a pain. The trays are a lot easier to service. Nice color combination too.