"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

Filtering through the filter process...

November 15, 2018

We spend a great deal of time contemplating the look and feel of our botanical-syle aquariums, and wrapping our head around the various "mental shifts" necessary to really appreciate and embrace this approach...You know, learning not to fear the tinted water, decomposing botanical materials, biofilm, detritus, etc.  And that's really great. It's foundational. However, one of the things we don't talk about as much as we should here is actually another foundational aspect of our aquarium practice: filtration. Yeah, the ubiquitous, necessary, and highly important function of filtration in our aquariums is definitely something we as lovers of leaves and botanicals need to give a little thought to when we set up our systems.  Of course, I could launch into...

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There will be decomposition.

November 14, 2018

Our crowd thinks a bit differently than most in the hobby, I'd venture to say. We're advocating the addition of botanical materials to our aquariums as a matter of course, for the everyday purpose of replicating, to some extent, the natural processes which occur in the wild habitats of our fishes.  And we spend a great deal of time examining the processes which occur when leaves and other botanicals are added to the aquarium. This is important, not only from an aesthetic standpoint, but from an ongoing functional/operational standpoint. It definitely differs from our practice in decades past, where the idea of throwing in materials that affect the water quality/composition was strictly a practice reserved for speciality hobbyists, like killifish breeders,...

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