"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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Getting over "The Block"

March 23, 2019

It is fascinating to watch the evolution of natural-style aquariums in the hobby. For decades, hobbyists have been talking about Nature and mimicking various components of it in our tanks. And for many years, I think we have been collectively a bit timid to get (literally) "down and dirty" with our aquariums. This is changing, and will continue to do so. Tiem to remove some mental "blocks" we have carried around for the better part of a century in the aquarium hobby. Leaves scattered on the substrate of an aquarium is not exactly a super high concept in Aquascaping...Or, is it? I think it actually is. Sometimes, the seemingly most simple moves are the most complex, dynamic ones. With leaves,...

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"Beginning" as a beginner?

March 21, 2019

An interesting question I received recently concerned wether or not I think it's a good idea for a full-on beginner to the aquarium hobby to start with a botanical-style aquarium. Or, perhaps more salient to what we do- a natural-style aquarium utilizing botanicals. It's a good question. I mean, I've often touted how I feel that, once these systems are established, they are remarkably stable, relatively easy-to-maintain aquariums. Of course, there are some real qualifiers here. The first being, "After the system is established." Establishing a botanical-style aquarium, blackwater, brackish, or otherwise- certainly requires some basic understanding of the principles of aquarium management. Specifically, the nitrogen cycle, an understanding of water quality assessment and management, and stocking. Some things you...

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