"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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Ideas that move us forward...

July 27, 2021

When I look back over the years in my aquarium hobby journey, it's obvious to me that there has been a sort of "evolution" of my aquarium philosophy. You can see it in each progressive tank: Little elements, slowly coming together create a big picture. Each tank provided little "test bed" for proving out new concepts and ideas.  Some were spectacularly successful, and had the added bonus of being labeled as "iconic"by others in the hobby (an honor, but not necessary IMHO). Others were just quick iterations of an idea, and never really evolved to anything notable. Still others validated-or, in some instances, disproved- concepts and ideas that we wanted to try. They helped break new ground in moving our...

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The Essence...

July 21, 2021

  The expectations that we have about our botanical-style aquariums after years of playing with this stuff are pretty well-known by now. We know that botanical materials are dynamic, and simply don't last indefinitely when submerged. They are not permanent additions to our aquariums. Yet, there are still many things about using botanical materials in our tanks that we don't all seem to have grasped. Like, the idea that we are adding these materials not only to influence the aquatic environment in our aquariums, but to provide food and sustenance for a wide variety of organisms, not just our fishes. The fundamental essence of the botanical-style aquarium is that the use of these materials provide the foundation of an ecosystem....

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