TANNIN AQUATICS OFFERS CREATIVE AQUATIC HOBBYISTS A THOUGHTFULLY CURATED COLLECTION OF BOTANICALS, NATURAL AQUASCAPING MATERIALS, AND OTHER UNIQUE AND USEFUL GOODS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

"Tannin Aquatics is more than just a purveyor of aquascaping materials. We’re a mood, an atmosphere, a space to be inspired. Our products support an earthy, organic canvas upon which you can express yourself through the art of aquascaping. We provide information, the muse, and natural materials for you to create blackwater and brackish microcosms which blur the lines between nature and aquarium." -Scott Fellman, Owner

The Tint

Annoyingly obvious questions with equally obvious answers that we refuse to accept...?

July 20, 2018

Longest, most confusing title yet, huh? I was thinking about the everyday stuff we see in our tanks, but simply don't take notice of- perhaps because we are too "in the game..." Hmm... Ever noticed how the non-aquarium people in your life, especially those you reside with, seem to have an incredible knack for asking the perfect "rhetorical question?" I mean, some seem sort of obvious, even though we might not want to hear them! Yeah, it seems like the skeptical, or perhaps mildly amused non-fishy residents of your home are usually the main source of many of these gems. Perhaps, if we look at a few of them more closely, we can see exactly what the core point is,...

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Drama queens, existential crises, and everyday challenges...

July 19, 2018

Do you know one of those fish people who just "freaks out" every time you find a snail in your planted tank, or see a little spot of algae, or- perhaps-maybe-just that the tank doesn't look "right" this morning (even though it looks the same way it did yesterday morning...)? Are YOU that person? I think I used to be. I was one of those fish geeks who, upon seeing some little "problem" in one of my tanks- say, a piece of wood slightly askew, or an aggregation of sand blown into one area by a powerhead-would freak the f--- out and have a towel down on the floor and sleeves up, and be "in contact" with the water in...

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The zen-like art of "botanical layering"

July 18, 2018

Have you ever noticed that there are lots of different ways to accomplish the same thing in our little tinted world? Yup. There really is no set "formula" to establishing a blackwater, botanical-style aquarium. No exact way that you should proceed to achieve a specified result. No "rules." Only guidelines. "Best practices." Ideas. Recommendations from others who have walked the path before. However, there is one requirement- patience. And, with patience comes great rewards.  "Rewards", in this instance, being an aquarium which is set up to "evolve" slowly over the long term, providing a rich, environmentally stable environment for its inhabitants. Seems like everyone in our botanical-style aquarium "game" has developed a technique, or set of techniques- or even, rituals,...

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