TANNIN AQUATICS OFFERS A THOUGHTFULLY CURATED COLLECTION OF BOTANICALS, TROPICAL FISHES, AND UNIQUE AND USEFUL GOODS FOR CREATIVE AQUATIC HOBBYISTS.

"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

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Adrift in the current...

February 18, 2018

On Friday, we talked about water clarity, which proved a lot of interesting discussion. And of course, it got me thinking about what we see in our tanks on an everyday basis. Not long ago, I was amusingly distracted watching my office aquarium, observing a little piece of leaf floating about in the current. I don't really know why, but it somehow made me ponder how different I have approached virtually everything in my botanical aquarium than I do in any other one I keep. One of the things you get used to in a botanical-themed aquarium is, of course, decomposing leaves, softening botanicals, and the occasional strand of biofilm. And with these things, occasionally, a piece will break off...

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Eyes open..hands wet...

February 17, 2018

As I've been inching painfully towards finally getting my office brackish water aquarium wet, I reflected briefly on some of the options for equipping the tank, and how I was going to approach managing it. There was a very tiny part of me who was actually thinking of "gadget-ing up" this tank...And of course, I decided instead to be sensible about it and mix "old school"/"new school" tech. And since this think has been inching along more slowly than NASA's Space Launch System, I think it makes more sense to go with this combination! Technology is important. It's super beneficial for our hobby. However, it also  carries with it some additional considerations that you need to contend with...It's never simply "set and forget"- no matter...

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What exactly does "clear" mean, anyways?

February 16, 2018

As aquarium people, we were pretty much "indoctrinated" from the start that our tanks should have "crystal clear, blue-white water", and that this is one of the benchmarks of a healthy aquarium. And of course, I won't disagree that clear water is nice. I like it, too...However, I would make the case that "crystal clear" water is: a) not always solely indicative of "healthy" or "optimum" , and b) not always what fishes encounter in nature.   Of course, in the aquarium, "cloudy" water is often seen as indicative of some sort of trouble- typically, bacterial blooms, algal blooms, incompletely washed substrate, etc, so we correctly make the initial assessment that something might be amiss when water suddenly becomes cloudy...

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