So this weekend the family had nothing on the books so I kept it that way and made some real progress (finally) on this tank.
First I started with a basic skeleton I made out of egg crate and zip ties. This is the framework that will hold the lava rock and form the waterfall portion.
Next I added some planters to the structure as well as some walls for what will be a shallow pool.
Then I siliconed in the egg crate along with a material called hygrolon, this is a material that is very good at wicking water and will help to keep the clay/sphagnum moss wet. I cut this to shape by basically just eyeballing it.
After the silicon dried I created the cork bark mosaic. I arranged the cork bark to have multiple ledges to increase overall usable area in the tank. I arranged it with no real rhyme or reason other than to create the most visually appealing layout and also creating as much horizontal surface area as possible to increase the amount of usable land area for the crabs. I then siliconed all the cork to the back wall and sides of the tank. One concern I have is the upper most piece on the left side of the tank. I am hoping it will not impede the opening and closing of the lid of the tank. Only time will tell and if that is the case I will have to remove it.
After the silicone dries the gaps in between the cork will be stuffed with sphagnum moss and clay.
Will there be enough cork?
Sorry I didn't get more pitures of this process but you have to move fast when doing it. I am happy I made some actual progress. Next step will be arranging the lava rock and foaming them in.