"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

The waiting game...part of the journey.

August 03, 2020

Every aquarium is a unique microcosm, with different looks, goals, and processes that it embraces. These things depend upon a variety of environmental inputs, internal processes, and external and internal influences- such as the organisms within the system. They take time to evolve, stabilize, and flourish. We talk about this incessantly, I know...but it's the whole game when it comes to botanical-style aquariums! Botanical style aquariums are not "static diorama" aquascapes...They're not "all done"  or "ready for judging" (gulp) as soon as the last seed pod is placed. In fact, that's just the very beginning of a long and continuous process. They are systems which evolve. They have to in order to become what they must. And this doesn't happen immediately....

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Who eats what...and where? Thoughts on embracing "the whole picture" of our fishes' natural habitats in our aquariums.

August 02, 2020

Today's installment is one of those sort of meandering, perhaps choppy amalgamations of ideas, cobbled together with my typical fish-geek enthusiasm; heavy on facts, and heavier on pontificiation and speculation!  However, I think you might like this. It's a sort of summary of what's been on my mind lately about botanical-style aquariums. As you know, I’m pretty much an uber nerd about almost any arcane aquarium related subject. And of course, part of my regular “course of study” takes me well outside of the aquarium world. In fact, most of the best insights I have obtained on tropical fishes and the environments from which they come are derived from scholarly articles. And these scholarly articles can give you a ton...

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