TANNIN AQUATICS OFFERS CREATIVE AQUATIC HOBBYISTS A THOUGHTFULLY CURATED COLLECTION OF BOTANICALS, NATURAL AQUASCAPING MATERIALS, AND OTHER UNIQUE AND USEFUL GOODS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

"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

Progression- or just progress?

July 17, 2018

The world of blackwater/brackish botanical-style aquarium has its own set of "norms" and ways of doing things, doesn't it? And since this little sector of the hobby has become more and more noticeable and apparent in the grander scheme of things, we've seen more and more observations, refinements, and techniques developing around our hobby. Because of the very nature of aquatic botanicals and how they interact with their environment, you need to regularly evaluate, scrub or even replace them as needed. You'll need to understand the progression of things that happen as your tank establishes itself. And, perhaps most important, you'll need to make some mental "adjustments" to accept and appreciate this different aesthetic. There has been much discussion here and...

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It's in the ground...and the water, and...the terroir?

July 16, 2018

What is it about our botanical style aquariums that makes them so unique? Being the absurd amateur aquarium hobby philosopher from way back, I have spent a fair amount of time playing with the idea, attempting to grasp the concept. I think it simply starts with the materials that we use. It seems logical to imply that botanicals, wood, and other materials which we ultiize in our aquascapes not only have an aesthetic impact, but a physical-chemical impact on the overall aquatic environment, as well. Not really an alien concept, when you think about it in the concept of stuff we know and love in other areas of life. Wine, for example, has terroir- the environmental conditions, especially soil and climate,...

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Forgotten favorites..or new favorites waiting to be discovered?

July 15, 2018

With an ever-growing selection of botanicals available to "Tint Nation" nowadays, it can be almost overwhelming to decide which ones are the best for your aquarium. And of course, ultimately personal taste and the requirements of the fishes or aquatic animals will help make the decision easier. That being said, there are always a few specimens that are just awesome ones, which somehow "fall between the cracks" for whatever reason, and deserve a bit more attention.  And of course, when embarking on a piece that is a review of some of these, it's inescapable that some will see this as a sort of "infommercial" for our botanicals...whcih, I suppose, it is. However, I really hope it simply serves to open...

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