"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

Nature's designs revisited...and lessons learned.

December 11, 2018

When it comes to botanical-style aquariums, the most valuable "asset" you can have is most definitely patience. The patience to understand that developing one of these systems is a process, and realizing that, like any aquarium, there are sort of "stages" or "iterations" that, if you take time to enjoy along the way, create a very satisfying and even engrossing aspect! It's so important to look at things a bit differently than you would if you were a bit more pragmatic about the process...Just hell-bent on "getting it done" as quickly as possible...   One of my favorite stages of setting up an aquarium is when the "stage is set" for the tank to mature. You know: The essential "anchor"...

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That certain "je ne sais quoi", and other "terms of the trade" exemplified...

December 10, 2018

I have this expression that I use when describing the use of a lot of botanicals for aquascaping: "Generic tropical."  I admit that it's actually a pretty lame descriptor, but if you think about it for just a bit, there is a certain logic to it. I mean, some materials- leaves, seed pods, etc. do have that sort of "generic" look to them which would make them represent almost any type of tropical plant once submerged in the aquarium. Examples? Well, one of my favorites is the Texas Live Oak leaf. These diminutive leaves could pretty much pass for a wide assortment of leaves from the trees of anything you'd find in the tropical jungle or rainforest pretty much anywhere...

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