"Tannin Aquatics is more than just a purveyor of aquatic goods. We’re a mood, an atmosphere, a space to be. A living, breathing, creative canvass upon which you express yourself in the aquatic world. We provide inspiration, information, and the materials with which you can perfect your craft and blur the lines between nature and the aquarium." -Scott Fellman, Owner


What would YOU do? (When the @#$% hits the fan)

July 25, 2017

Like many people "in the business" of aquariums, I field a lot of PM's, emails, etc. from customers who have issues with aquariums, fishes equipment, etc.- 99% of it is totally unrelated to our specific niche, but it's "fish stuff", and I'm a "fish guy", so, when we're not tearing our hair out getting your orders filled, it's our honor to respond the best that we can.   Part of the game. Yeah, we're fish geeks. As fish geeks, we love to talk about "stuff" like "how-to's", tank selection, and which fish to get. And even problems. As a culture, fish geeks talk to other fish geeks and try to mutually figure out what went wrong and how to fix...

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Falling leaves and rising interest in leaf litter beds!

July 24, 2017

This comes as no surprise to you, I'll bet, but we have a fair amount of discussion in our botanical-minded blackwater community about the merits of leaving decomposing leaves in your tank versus taking them out. In fact, the last I’ve checked, over the years there have been a bout a dozen-plus discussion threads on our social media outlets, and perhaps 15 or so articles here in the tint which touched on this issue! Tongue in cheek, but this definitely represents the definitive "body of work" on the joys of decaying leaves in the aquarium. I defy you to find a hobby site which has discussed, analyzed, and- well- beaten the shit- out of this topic as much as we...

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The way things go...

July 23, 2017

One of the coolest things about our hobby is the amazing progression over the years in both the state of the art and the technology that we embrace.  Improvements that have enabled us to do things previously thought incredibly difficult or even, impossible, unfold daily on social media. And the progression seems to be accelerating constantly.  What an awesome time to be a fish geek!   I was talking with a really pessimistic guy the other day, who basically trashed or dismissed  every single development or change in the hobby over the last decade or so. According to him, nothing new or significant has happened, and pretty much everything new in the hobby is a "ripoff" of something that was “around...

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