"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


Going on the offense...Or, is that defense?

June 28, 2017

I wanted to continue a bit on the discussion we had yesterday about managing our aquariums in a manner which mimics natural processes. Specifically, I wanted to talk about practices which create great long-term outcomes for our aquariums. Proactive stuff. It involves looking at our aquariums from multiple perspectives. You've heard the time-worn sports cliches and how they apply to other areas of life...and they apply to aquarium-keeping for sure: "The best offense is a good defense." "Offense scores points. Defense wins games." Well, they do. Which one is most applicable? Both. Applied in the proper measure. At least, that's my take on it. We need to play "defense" in our fish-keeping as much as we play offense. "Defense", in...

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Rain, predators, pools...and "riffles": The dynamics of natural processes and the benefits of mimicking them in our aquariums

June 27, 2017

Wow- perhaps the longest blog title of the year to date, huh? Don't worry, it's a relatively simple thought, despite it's voluminous size... Those of you who regularly read this column know that I like to reflect frequently on the "process" of evolving and changing aquariums over time. I view every interaction with our tanks as an opportunity to reflect, observe, and manage the long-term evolution of them. Thursdays are  water exchange days for our office aquariums. And, rather than look at it as some task on a checklist of stuff to do, some necessary evil" chore- we regard them as... opportunities. A water exchange represents an opportunity to refresh, reinvigorate, and interact with the aquarium on a much more...

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The "why's and hows" of mangrove wood in the brackish water/botanical-style approach...

June 26, 2017

Yes, it's Summer, we're out doing other stuff, and we're really a couple of months away from prime "aquarium season", yet it's always a good idea to start thinking about some of the cool projects we want to play with during the upcoming cooler months of Fall. And, if you're looking for something new to play with when you head back indoors, may we suggest a brackish water aquarium? Or, our version of a brackish-water aquarium? Our vision of a brackish water aquarium utilizes many elements common to other aquascaping approaches and aquarium environmental management methods. Although we are taking a sort of different route and philosophy in regards to the functionality (mainly, creating a rather "rich system" from an...

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