"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

The Tint

Endless

November 30, 2020

 There is something fascinating and enticing to me about the idea of keeping an aquarium system "going" for very long periods of time, occasionally changing things up; leaving the "operating system" largely intact, while replacing the "soft" components over time. Example? Let's say that you're kind of over your Southeast Asian Cryptocoryne biotope, and ready to head West to South America. So, rather than tearing up the entire tank, removing all of the plants, the hardscape, the leaves and botanicals, and the substrate, you opt to remove say, only the plants and the driftwood/rocks from the tank; exchange a good quantity of the water. Woooah! Crazy! You fucking rebel... I know. I know. This isn't exactly earth-shattering.  On the other...

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Exercises in functionality...Making a "mess?" Or building a microcosm?

November 28, 2020

One of the great things about playing with natural botanical materials in our aquariums is that, for many years, there has been no specific set of "rules" about how to do stuff. Nature enforces Her own rules- the processes by which nutrients are utilized, the growth of beneficial bacteria and fungi, the nitrogen cycle, food webs, etc. These are constructs that we cannot circumvent.  Aquarium hobbyists have (by and large) collectively spent the better part of the century trying to create "workarounds" or "hacks", or to work on ways to circumvent what we perceive as "unattractive", "uninteresting", or "detrimental." And I have a theory that many of these things- these processes- that we try to "edit", "polish", or skip altogether, are...

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