"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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The limits to what we can do...

July 17, 2019

  As you know, I tend to push the limits quite a bit. Maybe not with stunning, earth-shattering developments, like being the first hobbyist to breed the Glass Knifefish or something. Rather, I push the limits in terms of re-evaluating the prevailing "way we do stuff" in our hobby. I tend to look at things from a slightly different perspective. Like, "That's what goes on in Nature, so why do we always do it a different way in the aquarium?" I mean, sure, there are many things that we do in the hobby which are a result of us working with little 40 liter glass boxes, as opposed to 378 kilometer stretches of tropical river, but the governing principles of...

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"One person's trash..."

July 15, 2019

As we move forward into the work of botanical-style aquariums, it seems that we are starting to acquire the skills, mindset, and nuances to advance the "state of the art." One of the things that we have discussed a lot here and elsewhere is how botanicals begin to break down and decompose, and what their impact on the overall ecosystem of a botanical-style natural aquarium is. The first thing to think about is that leaves, seed pods, and other botanical materials is that they are more or less "ephemeral" in their nature. As soon as you place these terrestrial materials in the water, they begin to recruit bacterial biofilms, slough off some of their outer tissues, and impart any bound...

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