"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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Behind the botanical: Meet The Mokha Pod

December 09, 2018

One of the many geeky things I occasionally do is to sit back and reflect upon the types of aquariums that we create and consider the whole idea that we add natural botanical materials to our aquariums. I mean, it's a perfectly normal sort of happens in nature all the time. Stuff falls from trees and surrounding shrubs into streams, or onto the forest floor, only to be submerged when the rains flood the forest seasonally. We get that. And we're kind of borderline "obsessed" with these habitats, right? Yeah. The funny part is that we just sort of add different botanicals to our tanks, often with little consideration to what these seed pods and such that we're tossing...

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Changing with the seasons..."Wet" vs. "Dry..."

December 08, 2018

In our aquariums, we model so many aspects of the natural habitats that we are intrigued with, yet one of the most "in our face", yet seldom-considered is the impact that seasonal changes have on the biotopes we are interested in. know, the "wet season" and the "dry season." Both create profoundly different circumstances which affect the habitat, the colony, and the fishes themselves. What an interesting element to consider when creating or managing an aquarium, right? In the Amazon, the wettest part of the wet season occurs between December and May. During the wet season, the Amazon rainforest receives as much as 6 to 12 feet of rain (1.98- 3.6m), which can cause rivers like the Amazon to rise as much as 40 feet (12m), flooding the surrounding...

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