"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


Staying Wet.

May 22, 2017

What happens when you lose your edge as a hobbyist? CAN you lose your edge? I reflect on this now and again, having worked on the "industry" side of the hobby for a while, and occasionally, I have to look at where I've been to appreciate where I am! Maybe there is a kernel of wisdom here for you in my story? Perhaps. Personal stories can somehow provide others with a little insight- a little boost, perhaps, that was needed to push you along... I’ve been an unabashed aquarium geek pretty much since I could walk. Like many of you, I’ve bred dozens of varieties of fishes, had planted tanks, set up my first saltwater tank when I was 12,...

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Bottoms up!

May 21, 2017

I have an obsession with substrates.  I'm not sure what it is, but I love them. Sands, gravels, soils...rubble...even leaves...just about anything you would want to use on the bottom of your aquarium. Im facilitated by the impact of materials on the aquatic environment in an aquarium...I love the idea of using different, potentially "unconventional" materials in our aquatic microcosms. The potential for all sorts of cool benefits exists; Of course, not without some potential problems along the way (like CO2 issues, aerobic pockets, etc.), but it's a fascinating obsession for me. And of course, this obsession has led us to offer products like "Fundo Tropical" and such to create more "functional" botanical-oriented substrates. It's a natural extension of our...

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Ways to make sure that your aquarium doesn't suck? (Seriously!)

May 20, 2017

This might be a bit nasty today... Ok, maybe after a while writing these columns, you sometimes have to tell things like they are, right? The following is one of those examples of me having a bit of an attitude today. Some of this stuff may seem a bit mean-spirited to some of you. However, in the interest of making you be a better aquarist, I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t give you some of my opinions, right? Sometimes, those opinions are “tough love”, and they aren't pretty…    Ok, here goes.  Let’s say you’ve been in the hobby a while, and your aquarium is just kind of…average. Maybe it’s not even average. Maybe it…sucks. Ouch....

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