"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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Variety: The stuff of...confusion?

September 24, 2020

Okay, I must admit...When I first started Tannin Aquatics, it was my intent to offer the widest possible variety of botanical materials for everyone to have the most varied "palette" to work with. I was (and still am) very enamored with the huge variety of natural materials available to us to use to influence aquatic environments. I had been playing with seed pods, twigs, and leaves for decades, and I figured that it would make sense to offer the stuff I'd used for such a long time to all of our customers. When we launched in 2015, we offered a lot of different stuff.. And it's just gotten more and more complex...And the interesting thing is that, when I first...

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To stay or not to stay?

September 23, 2020

One of the most commonly discussed and hotly debated topics among those of us into botanical-style aquarium lovers is the decision to remove leaves and botanicals from our aquariums as they break down, or to leave them in place. It’s a pretty fundamental aspect of our aquarium practice, yet it sort of flies in the face of “conventional” aquarium keeping practices for many years. We have collectively embraced and almost “clinical sterility” in our aquariums, eschewing anything which seems to fly in the face of our aesthetic sensibilities and  The definition of “decompositon” is pretty concise: de·com·po·si·tion- dēˌkämpəˈziSH(ə)n -the process by which organic substances are broken down into simpler organic matter. We add leaves and botanicals to our aquariums, and over time,...

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