TANNIN AQUATICS OFFERS CREATIVE AQUATIC HOBBYISTS A THOUGHTFULLY CURATED COLLECTION OF BOTANICALS, NATURAL AQUASCAPING MATERIALS, AND OTHER UNIQUE AND USEFUL GOODS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

"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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Dreaming in water: The mindset behind the dream...

August 16, 2018

In our botanical-style, blackwater aquariums, we've discovered that there is so much more than just a different look, isn't there? There is an ability to utilize botanical materials in simple ways to create an amazing array of aesthetic vibes. I learned this recently when I was collaborating with Johnny Ciotti on some of our "Studio Tannin" aquascapes.  This little adventure arose out of a request from our community. Many asked for "packages" of materials which would create a cohesive hardscape, which could either be set up as is, or used as the basis for a different sort of look.  And of course, when you have a friend who is one of the top aquascapers in the world, and has mad...

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Breaking Patterns

August 15, 2018

Yes, I'll admit it... When it comes to my aquariums, I've always sort of been a serious creature of habit...Like, a ridiculously  habitual, "tidally locked", almost inflexible fish geek. Thursday is water exchange day. Sunday is filter sock replacement day. Feeding times are 4PM and 8PM.... Like, it's kind fo weird...but it's how stuff has worked for me for...like, well- forever!  Over the past few years, fortunately, I've broken out of some of these ridiculous scheduled habits.  It's always a good time to change it up a bit! I mean, life's too short, right? I was getting into some serious habits, for no real reason. And I found that switching things up isn't so bad! Like, the other day I...

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Beauty beneath the surface- the "functional aesthetics" of the flooded forests...

August 14, 2018

I admit it.  I'm not the greatest aquascaper in the world. But I do know what I like a certain look. And that look tends to be the seemingly "disorganized", yet remarkably beautiful flooded forests. I find them utterly fascinating and compelling, not only for the way they look, but for the remarkable aggregation of life there. In this world of decomposing leaves, submerged logs, twigs, and seed pods, there is a surprising diversity of life forms which call this milieu home. And each one of these organisms has manages to eke out an existence and thrive. A lot of hobbyists not familiar with our aesthetic tastes will ask what the fascination is with throwing palm fronds and seed pods...

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