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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Going the distance...

August 22, 2017

We talk a lot about establishing more natural-functioning/appearing systems, and many of the nuances associated with getting them up and running. And of course, we talk about how to manage these systems for the longer term. However, we seem to spend a relatively small amount of time talking about what happens in these tanks over the very long term, right?  So, I thought I'd touch on some of the things I've noticed in our blackwater, botanical-style tanks over the long term, and how maintenance affects their function and overall health. First off, there are some characteristics of these types of tanks which require a fair amount of continued management that keep them functioning as blackwater tanks; most notably, the continuous...

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It's okay NOT to tint...

August 21, 2017

We've talked about the idea of "clear water" botanical-style aquariums before. In other words, aquariums in which botanical items are utilized, where the water remains clear, not amber-to-brown-colored, but it is something that we as a group tend to look the other way on, which I think is funny. I mean, a few years ago, you were considered sort of odd by the aquarium world for wanting brown water. Now, in our community, NOT wanting brown water is often looked on a bit strangely, lol. On the other hand, it is absolutely possible (and entirely realistic) to have an aquarium with botanical materials that does not have the lovely "cafe au lait" look that we all know and love so...

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The botanical buffet...

August 20, 2017

If you follow this blog over the past few years, you've probably noticed that we cover pretty much every aspect of the use of botanicals in our aquariums...Like, probably more than anyone ever has or cared too, lol. However, once as aspect of botanicals that we haven't really given much attention to is discussing them in the context of food. Yup, eating them! Or, perhaps more specifically, serving some substenance either from them directly, or from the living materials they recruit while underwater. It's long been known that many species of fishes, particularly Panaque/Panaqolus and some Hypostomus/Cochliodon love the stuff. These species are equipped with teeth specifically 'designed' to gouge wood. And there's probably another odd one or two that consume it...

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