"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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The breakthrough...

November 25, 2021

It's happening. Finally. A breakthrough of sorts. A big mental shift. A perception change among the "mainstream" aquarium world about natural, botanical-style aquariums! The idea that you can have a functional, ecologically sound aquarium which looks fundamentally different than the ones we've been accustomed to for generations.  Now, look, we've been talking about "functional aesthetics" for more than 6 years. At times, it's seemed like perhaps the concept was a bit too esoteric to catch on; let alone achieve mainstream aquarium hobby recognition. It's a radical departure from other approaches and methods which have been preferred for decades. It had to happen eventually. And it did. A pure botanical-style aquarium, entered in a major aquascaping competition placed extremely high! Our...

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Throwing some light on blackwater...

November 17, 2021

It goes without saying that the single most important component of our aquariums is also the most obvious...water! As the literal bearer of life and the environment in which our fishes, plants, and other organisms thrive, it's fundamental. it's the reason we're drawn to fishes, not gerbils, Tarantula, or Mice- or whatever other pets people keep! Yeah, we're into water! And I dear say that we take it for granted a bit. Now, sure, some hobbyist rightfully place the importance of good quality, properly-conditioned water at the very top of their "want list" of "Stuff" required for successful aquariums. These are often fish breeders and very serious hobbyists, who understand the fundamental importance of good water for their work. Some...

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