"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

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Behind the Botanical: "Just Call me Kielmeyera..." Really! Meet the Kielmeyera Pod.

January 16, 2019

When it comes to names for our botanicals, I occasionally (for like, just a few seconds)  wax sentimental over the romantic, yet (looking back) utterly absurd Portuguese names we made up for most of our botanicals when we first started out. One of my faves was "Encontro Pod." I honestly have no idea how I arrived at that nom de guerre, but it stuck for a few years! However, like all goofy names, it doesn't give you much to go with, other than creating romance. And really, I'd rather create excitement and encourage experimentation and curiosity than another confusing product name! (FYI, you'll still find the old stupid names in our "Preparation" section, as I didn't bother to edit them,...

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PROJECT 2019: New Year. New things to accomplish...

January 15, 2019

It's hard to believe we're entering our fourth year in this cool hobby specialty! With the growing interest in blackwater/botanical-stye aquariums all over the world, we're seeing things happening on so many levels in so many areas of the hobby.  And my, how things have changed... Initially, virtually everything we collectively did was sort of "proof of concept" stuff; just seeing if we could throw leaves, seed pods, etc, into our aquariums and not have an outright disaster on our hands! We seem to have passed that "barrier to entry" just fine! Although hobbyists have been adding leaves and such to aquariums for years and years, it was always seen as sort of a "sideshow" or a kind of "anomaly"...

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