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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Getting in on the action...the basics of working with leaves in your aquarium...

January 23, 2017

Okay, you've seen the pics of all the cool tanks. You've heard the buzz all over social media. Seems like more and more people are talking about blackwater aquariums, botanicals, and real "natural-style" aquariums... And you want in on the action. Hey, who could blame you? This stuff is kind of cool! However, how do you start? How do you choose which botanicals to play with? That's a question that is kind of difficult for me to even answer...What I'd usually tell you when asked is, "It depends." (extremely helpful, I know...)  We can hit on this topic in future installments. Today, let's touch on the use of leaves in the aquarium; typically, leaves are the "jumping off point" for...

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Land, water, and fishes...intimately working together...

January 22, 2017

We had a really interesting discussion on Facebook the other evening that's sort of ongoing. I love this sort of stuff- the best part about the community we've fostered here at Tannin! One of our community members brought up the idea of utilizing more natural substrate materials, like clays and such, as opposed to more traditional gravels and sands. A discussion has ensued about which types would be interesting to use with botanicals to create rich and productive aquatic environments. It got me thinking, not only about the types of substrates that make sense to experiment with, but thinking about the interactions between land and water that occur all over the world- stuff we don't think all that much about...

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Quick starts. Smart starts...and the long game...

January 21, 2017

Things are really humming along here in "Botanical Land!" Every week, we see aquarists playing around with botanical-influenced blackwater aquariums for the first time, and in an insanely high percentage of cases, they are enthralled by this new realm. We hear many of the same types of descriptions used to describe the total experience of this type of aquarium, and how it changed their perception of what a "natural aquarium" really is. Most important of all is the excitement we're feeling from those who are just getting underway with their botanical aquariums...you know, playing with them for the first time, eager and excited to see what this is all about. And a lot of hobbyists are not 100% certain what...

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