"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

Blackwater in theory and in practice...

May 11, 2021

The term "blackwater" is becoming super-common in the aquarium world these days, isn't it? The idea of blackwater aquariums, with their tinted color and mysterious aesthetic is hardly "new" to the hobby world. No one really "invented" this. No one was the person who said, "We should all throw leaves and seed pods in our tanks..." It just sort of...evolved. Yep. And evolution is what we're going though now; at scale. We're seeing hobbyists going beyond yesterday's "blackwater tanks look dirty" mindset, and embracing the aesthetic for what it is: A very natural-appearing "vibe" that replicates conditions found in certain natural environments around the world. And with this acceptance of the "look" and ephemeral nature of botanicals in aquariums, a...

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Aquarium Yoga Session #5...

May 09, 2021

For some reason, I receive a huge number of those, "I've been so burned out with the hobby lately, then I stumbled on your podcast and your site, and now, I've discovered this different way of doing aquariums and it's been so much fun..! You're amazing! You've saved my hobby" kind of emails. They're cool. Flattering, even. Yet, I can't help but wonder what it was that put the writer in such a 'funk" to begin with? I hate seeing fellow hobbyists so down on stuff. I am grateful that they found something here to help re-ignite that love of the hobby, though! I'm just not sure what "it" is. Look, I'm no hobby "guru." I haven't cracked some mythical hobby "code" that gives...

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