"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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To a deeper level...

May 23, 2019

If it's Thursday, it must be time for me to get up on the old "soapbox" again... This is for all of us. Me, you- everyone in the hobby who shares all of those pretty pics of our tanks on a regular basis via social media. We all share a special responsibility to be a bit better. When it comes to the art and science of creating and maintaining aquarium systems, I think that we need to do more than just create aquascapes that will satisfy our aesthetic tastes and tout the visuals. More important, I think that we need to create aquariums which meet the continuing needs of our fishes, by embracing natural processes which dictate their function. This...

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The root of my obsession?

May 22, 2019

In the murky, tinted world of jungle streams, flooded forests, and shallow rivers, there are a number of common features that, as a Natural-Style aquarium lover, you're inexorably drawn to. Like...root tangles! Yeah, there is something incredibly compelling about the way terrestrial trees and shrubs interact with the aquatic environment. Not only do they help "secure the soils" from falling away, they foster epiphytic algae, fungal growth, and biofilms, which supplement the foods of the resident fishes. And of course, they provide a physical habitat for fishes to forage, seek shelter, and reproduce among. In short, these roots create a unique "microhabitat" which harbor a diversity of life. And they look pretty aesthetically cool, too! So yeah- this makes them...

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