"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


Green and brown- a good combo!

March 29, 2017

One of the things we're seeing more an more of these days (besides super cool aquaecapes, lots of spawnings, and some really enthusiasts aquarists) are PLANTED BLACKWATER TANKS! Or, more properly stated- "blackwater tanks in which aquatic plants are flourishing." Now, in all fairness, we have tended to utilize wood, botanicals, and leaves- essentially "hardscape" materials- as the primary components of our botanicals-oriented systems, but this is changing daily. We also tend to work with marginal and terrestrial plants above and near the water surface, as well. And we are seeing some cool experiments with "botanical mulch" and alternative substrates with plants as well... For the longest time, however, it seemed as though the aquarium world has had this "issue"...

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Everything counts in large amounts...

March 28, 2017

We receive a lot of inquiries and questions from hobbyists about how to start a blackwater aquarium. Some range from the most basic ("What exactly is "blackwater?") to the obscure ("Is Icana River blackwater?") to the tactical ("In what order should I add the leaves into my tank?"). This is really interesting, because I'd say that a smaller and smaller percentage of the questions we receive are of the "What is blackwater?" type, and a far, far greater percentage are "How do I do...?" That's pretty incredible to me. It's a benchmark, really. A sign of progress. A tangible result of the community of hobbyists that we have attracted, doing all sorts of work in this unique segment of the hobby....

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Another potential obsession...Yeah, you "betta" believe it!

March 27, 2017

(Sarcastic tone here) Of course, I have no interest in yet ANOTHER group of fishes with fascinating behaviors, murky taxonomy, unique morphologies, and interesting natural habitats. Yeah...have no interest in them whatsoever... And what happens...The so-called "wild Bettas"- those non-domesticated relatives of the ubiquitous poster-child for fish abuse, Betta splendens, rear their beautiful heads (and bodies, and tails) again...  Now, I'm no expert betta enthusiast.In fact, I've only kept a few species, and I've really only recently played with the "wild ones", so this little blog is simply going to be another one of those "shout outs" to something I need to try, and to peer-pressure others into getting involved with them so that I can vicariously experience keeping all...

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