Dry Installations

One of the most effective backgrounds, though requiring considerable time and expense to create, is the diorama. Basically, this is a shallow wooden box placed behind the tank, visible through the back glass. It is illuminated, and contains an appropriate scene, recreated without water. This technique permits the use of materials, such as dried starfish, that might decompose if submerged. A diorama can also accommodate large, heavy chunks of coral rock or coral skeletons that might damage the aquarium tank if used within it. On the downside, the display must remain dust free, or the illusion is destroyed, and so requires regular cleaning. The diorama also needs illumination separate from the tank.

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