"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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June 23, 2022

Not long ago, I was perusing a hobby forum on “blackwater aquariums” , and an aquarist was asking for “inspiration” for an “Amazonian-themed blackwater flooded forest aquarium.” Okay, that's always cool...Anything "Amazon-themed" or "flooded forest" always sort of catches my attention! And "blackwater" kind of gets to me... And, predictably, a bunch of hobbyists chimed in to help- because hobbyists are kind that way. They shared photos of a variety of what they called “Amazonian- themed blackwater” aquariums, which, sadly, not only didn’t have “blackwater”type conditions- they bore almost no resemblance to any actual natural aquatic habitat- blackwater flooded forest, or otherwise.   Some of the responses were downright boastful and seemingly authoritative, with more than one literally stating that, "...this is how you should...

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How soon is...NOW?

June 15, 2022

We hear a lot of discussions about establishing botanical method aquariums, yet a lot fewer ones about running them over extended periods of time. Occasionally, someone will ask me when a botanical method aquarium is considered "mature" or "finished." Like, how do you know, and how long should you expect it to take to get there? When can you declare, "NOW the tank is "finished!" We need to know, apparently. Now, the question pre-supposes two facts: 1) That there is a quantifiable point where an aquarium can be labeled "finished." 2) That there is even a definition for what "mature" or "finished" means in the aquarium context.  Of course, part of the "need to know" is actually based upon that...

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