- Oct 8, 2012
So I'm pretty close to being decided on the final layout of my tank build; it's going to consist of a 125gal main tank, & either a 40gal sump, or a 20gal long sump with an additional 20gal tank for keeping/rearing small food items (& idea I like & borrowed from these forums, but yet to be determined). The one thing I THINK I'd like to incorporate, unless advised against here, is an artificial tide-pool environment built around the rim on one side & the back of the main tank. I'm envisioning an area large enough for several small pockets of water with which to hide food (like small crabs), & new toys, as well as just being "fun" for the Octopus to explore. This space would be walled (tall with indoor/outdoor carpet, another idea gained from these forums), & securely lidded. As I'm buying a RODI unit, I'm going to replace the water in these shallow pools as part of daily maintenance, possibly giving it the occasional couple day dry out. My goal with this is hopefully to provide enough out-of-water enrichment to dampen the urge to escape, if not quell it altogether. I'd love feedback from anyone who's done this with regards to building materials, construction methods (though I'm good at this), or wether or not this would even be a wise endeavor...