I decided that, spite the work I'd put into it, I wasn't happy with the last fortress I was working on (the one I've been sharing with everyone). It was going decently, but to many problems kept arising that were aggravating me. Few tips for anyone starting out:
Avoid Salt Water
Don't increase your Embark! size unless you have to!! 7x7 is not acceptable unless your rig is a beast.
They both prove to be a bigger pain in the ass than I expected q.q;