"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

The Tint

Geeking out? Or observing the evolution?

March 20, 2018

Have you ever noticed that we love to get our aquariums "established" as quickly as possible? I mean, as a group, we aquarists seem to hate looking at a partially- completed or "emerging" aquascape....We want them "finished", right? Well, not all of us. Now, I say that broadly, because I think us "Tinters" are a bit different- we love that whole "evolving" thing! Something about an emerging, growing system intrigues us... I have (for a variety of reasons) become one of those extremely patient, perhaps overly-enthusiastic lovers of the "process" of our aquariums "evolving" as they go through the various phases of their existence. Like, I'm the guy who's perfectly entertained watching leaves break down for a few weeks, or...

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The dark, deep, yet exciting side of botanical-style aquariums...Caveats, challenges..rewards!

March 19, 2018

With all of the interesting experiments and new aquariums we've seen springing up using botanicals to achieve interesting aesthetic and functional results in blackwater aquariums, it's always nice to look into things which can be challenging or of concern from time to time. For no particular reason, I just felt like discussing a topic or two today which focuses on creating safe, beneficial habitats for our fishes. No particular event or events triggered this, other than the desire to continuously create an honest, frank dialogue among members of "Tint Nation" to objectively look at the good, the bad., and even the ugly side of our "practice."  As always, I'm constantly "iterating", or in our language, "evolving" my aquariums to embrace...

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Letting nature help "fill in the blanks..."

March 17, 2018

One of the best things about starting up a new blackwater or botanical-style system is that you get to go through the full "experience" yet again, and look at things a bit differently than you would if you were a bit more pragmatic about the process...Just hell- bent on getting it done quickly...   I'm at what, to me, is arguably one of the more fascinating times in developing these types of systems in my home tanks. My essential "anchor" hardscapes are done. The wood and botanicals that will be the largest pieces are set. The tanks are emerging from that that sterile-looking, stark appearance (You know, that look which leaves no doubt about this being "artificial"). My "campfire-style" wood...

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