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

Just like in nature? Sort of? Yeah...

October 16, 2018

Have you ever considered that an aquarium is, at best, a facsimile of a natural system? I mean, at the very least, we are getting pretty good at making our tanks look like many of the natural systems that we admire...but it goes even deeper than that- and we may not even consider how we in the blackwater, botanical-style aquarium community take it to another level. It seems like we talk a lot here about the idea of "food webs" and "holistic" aquariums, but I think that's an important pair of concepts to think about. For decades, the aquarium hobby has been about establishing a tank by allowing the benefcial bacteria to colonize the filter and substrate, so that they...

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School of rocks...Or, how geology influences blackwater habitats (in the wild AND the aquarium!)

October 15, 2018

As we delve deeper into the world of blackwater aquariums, I think it becomes more and more important for us to understand the wild blackwater habitats of the world. Specifically, how they form, and what their physical characteristics are. It's easy for us to just "cliche' it" and say that blackwater is water "...which has a low pH caused by dissolved organic materials and looks the color of tea." You know, the standard line used for decades. Not untrue, but not really all that helpful in understanding exactly what it is, IMHO. And more important, understanding why it has these characteristics. Well, it starts with the study of rocks...Geology. Yep. I should first start of by freely admitting that I...

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The ephemeral pace of the botanical-style aquarium...

October 13, 2018

As we all know, nothing lasts forever. And it's especially true with our botanicals. Those of us who play with botanical-style blackwater/brackish aquariums find out in the earliest stages that each aquariu  moves at its own pace. Each one establishes itself, evolves, and matures differently than any other one. There is a real "pace", a process- to what occurs when they are utilized in our aquariums. And a good part of it is dictated by the natural degradation, change, and decomposition of the materials we utilize in our tanks. From the minute you prepare a leaf, seed pod, stem, or other botanical for use in the aquarium, it begins to soften and break down. It's definitely the embodiment of "ephemeral."  The...

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