July 13, 2015

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"The Tint" at Bucks County Aquarium Society Summer Picnic!

You know that we LOVE aquarium clubs almost as much as we love the hobby itself...The people, the fish, the camaraderie! 

So, when one of the nation's most prestigious clubs approached us to donate some items for their annual Summer Picnic raffle, there was no hesitation! And, when you're a new company like Tannin, trying to get your name out there, it makes sense to support the people who you hope will be supporting you! We sent a few packs of Aquatic Botanicals to the BCAS, and apparently, they tuned out to be quite popular! 

Our stuff had some illustrious company- many top vendors and manufacturers donated to this nice event:

Not bad for a company that few people may have heard of, that was still a good 3 plus weeks away from launching at the time of the event!

Thanks to everyone at the BCAS for thinking of Tannin. See you next year!

 

P.S.- If your club would like to have a few Tannin items at its next event, just shoot us an email and we'll hook you up with "The Tint!"

 

Stay Wet!

Scott Fellman

Tannin Aquatics

July 04, 2015

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Is it just a bag, or an incubator for aquatic creativity? The story behind the Tannin bag.

When we first conceived Tannin Aquatics, the idea was to offer fellow hobbyists all of the cool stuff that we love so much- Leaves, wood, and other “aquatic botanicals”, which add a unique, natural look and vibe to almost any aquarium. Our aesthetic leans towards the earthy, organic, and natural.

 When it came time to find a way to package our products that conveyed this feeling, it was only obvious that we needed something earthy and natural-looking. After much research and brainstorming, we came up with the idea of a cool, reusable jute bag. We had to try out a lot of versions before we finally found what we are looking for. 

 

We’d like to think that the result was one of the coolest packages in the aquatics industry, which provides form, function, and an unwavering sense of aesthetic! Yeah, we knew we were on to something when people started asking for the bags as soon as we featured them on Facebook and Twitter- before we even had a functioning web site!

 Many of our aquatic botanicals will come with this cool, reusable bag, which will no doubt find a myriad of uses around the fish room and beyond.

It might be just a bag to some, but to us, it’s the tangible embodiment of our core values, mission, and aesthetics…Leaves, wood, water…life- and the ability to embrace all. We look forward to offering you materials that help you express yourself in the aquatic world. And it all starts with the bag!

Stay Wet!

 

Scott Fellman

Tannin Aquatics 

 

 

June 15, 2015

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What does it take to sink a "Savu Pod?"

What does it take to sink a "Savu Pod?"

Honestly, this is the kind of arcane stuff we ponder around here at Tannin.

You'll need to prep this "aquatic botanical" prior to use. The "Savu Pod" is surprisingly buoyant (well, WE were surprised, anyways), and we perfected the art of "sinking" 'em! Fortunately, it's really easy..

Just give them a light rinse, place them in an inert pot of water (make sure that your significant other understands what's about to go down), and bring them to a boil. Leave them at a steady boil for about 10 minutes, and allow them to cool. Rinse. Voila! They sink faster than Etsy's share price post-IPO! (Okay, that was just mean...)

Now, your shrimp, Corys and little Apistos have another cool hiding place, and your tank has another aesthetic touch.

Easy. Cool. Natural.

They'll continue to leach some tannins into your tank over time, which gives the water the "tint" we covet so much around here! You can either put them right in your tank, or continue to soak them in a container of water to leach out more tannin before use.

 

Like so many cool things, Savu Pods require just an extra bit of attention before you unleash their beauty on your aquarium. 

And we think it's kind of worth it.

Stay Wet.

Scott Fellman

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