"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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Stuff we need to do...

June 17, 2021

Like so many of you, after many decades in the aquarium hobby, it's sometimes hard to plot my "next move"- what ideas I want to play with. I mean, sure, the hobby can be as simple as just obtaining a tank, filling it with some water, plants, rocks, and BLAM!  You have an aquarium... On the other hand, it's supposed to be fun, and many hobbyists enjoy the process of researching, planning, sourcing. A lot of us love the idea of pushing out further and trying some completely new and exciting....Or just different. Or even, the same as what we've done before, just different. That being said, it's always fun to try something different, isn't it? And sometimes, we could...

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It's only a "fail" if you make it one...

June 15, 2021

Part of the aquarium hobby experience is screwing stuff up. There are so many things that we do as aquarists which involve variables beyond our control, that failure in some things is almost inevitable. And, after a lifetime in the hobby, I will occasionally reflect back on some of the great successes that I’ve had...and on some of the many, many failures that I’ve been involved with! Failures aren’t that bad, really. In fact, they're pretty damn helpful...As the sayings goes, “Nothing is ever wasted- it can always serve as an example of what NOT to do!” Really. Yeah, because if you learn from them, failures or disasters are extremely valuable tools for self-education. I was thinking about my worst-ever aquarium disasters,...

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