TANNIN AQUATICS OFFERS A THOUGHTFULLY CURATED COLLECTION OF BOTANICALS AND OTHER 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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From the trees...

October 16, 2017

In our tinted, botanical-influenced world, it's little surprise that we talk so much about leaves and other botanical materials being added to our aquariums to simulate the materials which accumulate in various natural aquatic habitats. I mean, when you embark on a botanical-style blackwater aquarium, you have a sense of why exactly the water in the natural habitats you're trying to replicate is tinted...From soils, leaves, wood, and, most profoundly, from botanical materials which fall from...the trees. Yes, stuff from trees falls into the waters, and is swept by currents downstream, where it influcenss the aquatic ecology. Or, materials from trees fall to the dry forest floor, where they become part of the aquatic environment when the rainy season overflows surrounding streams and inundates...

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Unspoken advice from "experts..."

October 15, 2017

I've been doing a lot more "fish travel" over the past couple of months- visiting and speaking at local aquarium clubs...getting valuable feedback and interaction with all sorts of hobbyists, business owners, and well-known aquarists. The inspiration for today's little piece comes from talking to a bunch of fellow fish geeks whom I've been chatting with in my travels and have brought up the subject of "experts" and the pursuit of knowledge in the hobby. It caused me to reflect on my personal views of this topic based on my experiences.   ("Scott Fellman, aquarium expert" YIKES) As I've probably mentioned, in the “reef” end of the hobby, my name is pretty well known, as a hobbyist, author, and business...

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The call of Asia...

October 14, 2017

As the blackwater, botanical-style aquarium "movement" begins to gain some momentum and starts inspiring aquarists from all sorts of "disciplines", it's interesting to see that we've begun to see an interest in habitats from other parts of the world besides just South America.  Now, don't get me wrong- I'm a huge fan of the South American blackwater habitats...What is there NOT to like about Rio Negro tributaries, igarapes, morichals, igapos, etc? I mean, these are some of the most compelling and interesting habitats in the world, with a rich variety of life, niches, and aesthetics that could keep you busy for a lifetime trying to duplicate. Yet, it's been pointed out to me by more than one member of our community...

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