"Tannin Aquatics is more than just a purveyor of aquatic goods. We’re a mood, an atmosphere, a space to be. A living, breathing, creative canvass upon which you express yourself in the aquatic world. We provide inspiration, information, and the materials with which you can perfect your craft and blur the lines between nature and the aquarium." -Scott Fellman, Owner


How come there are no rocks in the igapo? (And other nagging questions...)

December 13, 2017

Yes, some of us have this strange obsession with blackwater, botanical-style aquariums- and have this desire to replicate some of the aesthetics, form, and function of the natural igapo seasonally-inundated forests of Amazonia. (Maybe it's just me...but you're already here...so read on, okay? ) We are often faced with a bunch of questions about how to represent them in aquariums. Today, I address two of the ones I've had for a long time, and judging by the number of inquiries we receive- so have many of you (well, many of you who play with this arcane sort of stuff, anyways!)...And, like so many of the topics we discuss here, the "answers" are sometimes less than satisfying, often leading to more...

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"Wood" you believe...? Yeah, there's more to it than that!

December 12, 2017

One of the things I tend to think of a lot in my daily aquarium practice is the dietary requirements of our fishes. And, not just what to toss into the tank...Rather, how to actually construct the tank and aquascape  themselves to be a part of the feeding process. Huh? Lately, I've been giving more and more thought to the way that our fishes tend to feed...specifically, thinking about our botanical-style tanks not only as a "structural-aesthetic" vehicle, but from the perspective of providing the fishes which reside in them supplemental food  sources. And it goes even beyond even the "refugium" concept we've talked about- purposely cultivating aquatic crustaceans, microorganisms, and insects somewhere within the system to supplement the foods...

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No place like home....

December 11, 2017

As we evolve in the hobby of studying, embracing, and replicating the natural habitats of our fishes, it's been very interesting to see that there are many different approaches we as hobbyists are taking to this process. Some of us are extremely hardcore adherents to the art and science of biotopic aquarium design, whereas many others are working the less-demanding "biotope-inspired" angle. Still others are just into cool-looking tanks. Some are a beautiful combination of both! And it's all great! What is neat to see- regardless of what approach you take personally to the design of your aquariums- has been the interest in examining the wild habitats of your subject fishes, and attempting to replicate aspects of them in your...

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