Welcome to The Hidden Reef's blog!!

Welcome to The Hidden Reef's blog!!! This is a blog provided by the Hidden Reef staff so that you, the customer, can stay most informed about everything concerning our store.

Below, you can get a picture of what you will see when you walk into our store. Every picture on this blog was taken in our store and is the livestock that we proudly display for sale on a weekly basis. On top of that, there is so much more that is not pictured!

If there is every anything specific you were looking for, don't hesitate to call us or post it here on the blog. Thanks for visiting and if you have any questions about our store or your tank, just post them or call us! We are always available to help you with a question about our store or your aquarium!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Blowout sale

We would like to thank everyone who came out for our annual blowout sale. It was a very busy day but everything went very well, and it was a very fun day for all involved.

We raffled off a ton of great items, some of which included a Red Sea Max complete set-up, a 75 gallon fish tank, a Sera nano cube, a UV sterilizer, filters, and so much more. All raffle winners will be called today.

Friday, November 7, 2008

New Products at The Hidden Reef

As a bit of variety, I thought we would highlight some of the new products The Hidden Reef now sells. We are always posting the fish and livestock that we have in, and we always have a great variety in that department, but we hardly ever showcase all of the different products we regularly get in stock.

For example, those looking to get an aquarium have so many more options than they ever did before. We have a ton of new and exciting choices for aquarium set-ups. If you are looking to get a nano aquarium, both the JBJ HQI nano and the Red Sea Max are fantastic choices. The JBJ Nano (right) allows the aquarist to keep practically any kind of coral that they'd like, since the 28 gallon tank has a 150 watt HQI metal halide built into the hood. The Red Sea 34 gallon Max (left) is a nice nano because it offers a tank where everything is built right into, all the way down to the electrical plugs. Finally, a tank that is totally enclosed so that no wires are ever exposed or seen by the on-looking eye.

Maybe you are looking to jump into something a little bigger and simpler. Well, look no further, Fluval has put out a gorgeous tank where everything is included and built in. Their 44 gallon Vicenza aquarium (right) is pre-drilled to fit the Fluval cannister filter that comes included with the aquarium. It also comes included with built in T-5 lighting, a heater, timers for the lights, and everything else you would need to start your aquarium. This is perfect for a beginner's reef, planted aquarium, or just your casual community aquarium.

Lastly, maybe you are looking for a serious upgrade and want something bigger, without going custom and paying a ton of money. Staying with its "Smart Design" slogan, Marineland has just come up with three aquariums that are gorgeous and backed with a lot of thought. Instead of the typical tank that is long and tall, Marineland's new tanks are incredibly WIDE. All of their tanks are three feet wide, making for a perfect reef aquarium that allows the aquarist so much needed depth for rock placement and fish activity. Marineland has come out with a 150 gallon (3' x 3'), 200 gallon (4' x 3'), and a very impressive 300 gallon (6' x 3'), pictured to the left. On top of their new aquariums, Marineland has come out with a new line of protein skimmers and submersible pumps. Their skimmers are sleeker so that no longer does your protein skimmer take up all of your space in your sump. Their pumps are the first of its kind to already come with all of the plumbing you need to hook it up out of the box.

The Hidden Reef also stocks a lot of new and innovative additives for your aquarium. We now offer the full lines of both Zeovit and Prodibio, two lines that are innovative and that truly work. Protobio offers products for not only saltwater, but also for freshwater fish and planted aquariums. Zeovit offers exclusive products that make an incredible impact on reef aquariums and corals.

There is also a new line of medications out that really works. If your fish have parasites, bacterial infections, fungal infection, etc., this new line of medications is what you should try. Aquarium Muenster makes a line of medications that is safe for fish, inverts, and corals. So far, of the people who have tried it, all have claimed tremendous success with it. You can see the full line on our website, here: http://www.thehiddenreef.com/istar.asp?a=29&manufacturer=AQU08

There are a lot of new pieces of equipment for your aquarium as well. Starting with filters, I don't think too much can come close to topping the Fluval FX5 filter. This is a canister filter that quietly pumps 900 gallons per hour. Quite a powerful filter that will easily handle a 200 gallon aquarium, and the best part, it is extremely affordable as well! It also comes with "smart chip" technology that shuts the canister off every 24 hours to allow any built-up gases to leave the canister and not get dumped back into the aquarium or build up in the canister.

Powerheads have come a long way, as well. Hydor now has 9 magnetic powerheads available, ranging from as small as the nano at 240 gallons per hour all the way up to the Koralia 8 that pumps a massive 3,250 gallons per hour!!! These powerheads have a lot of great features. They are adjustable to pump in any direction, they are magnetic, which means no more suction cups, and they are very inexpensive. You can see the full line of Koralia powerheads, here: http://www.thehiddenreef.com/istar.asp?a=3&dept=WAVE&manufacturer=HYD01&sortby=&numperpage=16

UV sterilizers are another product that have made an innovative change. JBJ has come out with a submersable UV sterilizer powerhead that allows you to easily install a UV sterilizer on any aquarium. Forget about green water issues, these UV sterilizers can be hooked up to your aquarium within minutes of coming out of the box. No extra pump is needed, no tubing. Just take it out of the box, put it in your tank or sump, and it is ready to go. Currently, there is a 5 watt and a 7 watt, giving every aquarist a very affordable option of UV sterilization. The sterilizers come with suction cups so that you can stick it in the corner of your tank or suction it to the bottom of your wet/dry or sump.

The Hidden Reef currently has all of these new products in our store! You can come by to check them out, or you can visit our website at www.TheHiddenReef.com! Everything (except aquariums) is also for sale on our website, and we process web orders on a daily basis.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Big South American cichlids!!

This update has six shots of some of our large South American cichlids. Below, there are pictures of one of our Asian Red flowerhorns, our true Alligator gar!, a 14" peacock bass, a golden knifefish, our XL marble sailfin catfish, and another of our peacock bass. Not pictured is our 15 inch arrowana, our large butterkoferi cichlids, and many others.


We found a phenomenal supplier for African cichlids who specializes in tank raised Africans. The Africans we got in include Tropheus duboisis, tropheus yellow sides, cyphy frontosa, tropheus moori, julii burundis, super red pulcher kribensis (not an African, however), and a few other different species. A few sample shots can be seen below.

Sweet frags at The Hidden Reef

We have a ton of aqua-cultured frags at The Hidden Reef. You can see pictures below of our oxypora, purple tip monti, pectina, and red monti. We also have some yellow turbinaria, green/blue staghorn, birdsnest, and acropora species. On top of those, I have also included shots of our purple fungia, huge elegance coral, and favia.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Lots of Incredible fish at The Hidden Reef

Though I do not have pictures to share yet, I thought I would post about all of the great fish we have right now.

In saltwater, we have:

-a small 3" undulated trigger (34.99)
-a medium 5" fuscus trigger (139.99)
-a medium 4" polleni grouper (169.99)
-an XXL 14" porcupine puffer (299.99)
-a medium 6" pink tail trigger (79.99)
-a medium 6" volitan lion (59.99)
-tiny 1" kole tangs (34.99)
-2" Bursa triggers on sale (7.99)
-5" harlequin tusks on sale (44.99)
-3" Mappa Puffer (249.99)

In freshwater, we have:

-an amazing 12" red Asian flowerhorn (249.99)
-a group of 6" breeding blue cypho Frontosa (99.99)
-5 very nice and colorful 5" Jack Dempsey's (49.99)
-2 very blue Electric Blue Ahli's (69.99)
-2 electric blue compressiceps (79.99)
-pure white crayfish (19.99)
-Jellyfish DNA green, red, and orange danios (5.99)
-Premium select 4" Japanese koi (39.99)

On top of that, we got in a very nice shipment of plants, and we have a very nice stock of discus.

We also have 6 pairs of male and female killifish!

Hopefully I will have pictures to post tomorrow evening!! If there is anything you were looking for, just call us and we would be glad to help you!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A few quick updates!

On top of our normal saltwater shipment that we got on Monday, The Hidden Reef has a lot more going on for this week.

-In the freshwater order we received yesterday, we got algae eating shrimp, cherry shrimp, and over 100 aquatic plants. We still have 24k gold tetras in stock, black ghost knives, and some very nice German blue rams and apistos!

-We also received some huge hyacinth pond plants, as well as some gorgeous pond lettuce plants.

-Lastly, we finally have tadpoles and betta fish back in stock too! We know that many people were looking for these and we finally were able to get them in for you.

-This week, we will have a large order of tigger pods coming in, along with a huge saltwater tank raised fish and invertebrate order!

Stay tuned for more pictures!

Summer Time Sweetness!

This summer may have started off with a declining economy and higher gas prices, but the Hidden Reef is rewarding all of its loyal shoppers who keep coming back! As a way to thank all of our customers for their continued and constant shopping at our store, we have been running some very nice sales each and every week.

Over the past four weeks, the sales have been unbeatable. It all started the week leading up to the 4th of July when we had purple tangs at 69.99, maroon clowns at 12.99 and firefish at 3.99. Then, we had a sale on baby clown triggers (14.99) and our explosive koi sale over the 4th of July. The following week, we had sales on clean-up crews, where we had blue leg hermit crabs at .39, Mexican turbo snail sales where you could get 10 large for 14.99, and large bubble tip anemones at 14.99, as well as sales on acros, zoas, and frags. Last week, we put a sale up on flame angels, where they sold for 24.99, and black cap basslets at 24.99 also. This week, the sales continue. We have baby kole tangs at 12.99 and coral cats at 4.99. You can't beat these prices and they are going to keep going on each week.

Also, as a little disclaimer, I wouldn't want you to be fooled. Most places that run sales only bring in a few of the particular sale item to mislead and trick consumers. We're not doing that. When we have sales, we have enough so that the people who want them, get them. We had over 300 blue leg hermits for the .39 sale, 15 flame angels last week, 15 clown triggers the week before, and this week, we have 12 baby kole tangs and many coral cats. Come on over and check us out, you will not be disappointed.

For your viewing pleasure, we have also included some snap shots of some of our current stock to whet your appetite. You can see pictures of our lunula trigger, some of our awesome corals in stock, our seahorses, the zebra mantis shrimp we have in, and much more!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Big Sales at The Hidden Reef

Before we begin this blog post, I just want to thank everyone who came out to celebrate the fourth of July with The Hidden Reef! We had a very busy weekend and we want to thank you for all of the support. We blew out all of the ridiculously cheap purple tangs and firefish we had and the comets and koi we had for sale flew out of the tanks also!

Rest assured though, if you missed us last week, we have some new sales for this week!

As far as fish, we have some really nice sales going on this week. We have juvenile clown triggers going for only 14.99! If you ever had the urge to set up a little fish only with live rock tank for one of these little guys, this week is the time to do it! These guys usually cost anywhere from $40 to $70! Also, we have a beautiful black dogface puffer that is for sale this week as well. This week only, the black dogface will be only $99.99!!

The Hidden Reef is also running some awesome sales on inverts and clean-up crews as well. We have a ton of really nice green bubble tip anemones on sale for $14.99. We also have cleaner shrimp back in stock too, and they are going for $19.99.

With clean-up crews, we are running two really nice sales. We have a sale going on for Mexican turbo snails, where they are only $1.49 each. Better than that, we are running a one week only sale on blue leg hermit crabs. Usually, they are .99, but this week, you can get them for .69! On top of that, we are offering a great discount if you buy them in bulk. If you get at least ten, the price moves down to .39!! That means you can get 10 hermit crabs for just $4! That is a savings of 60% the regular price!!!

The Hidden Reef also has a bunch of very nice corals in stock too. On top of a few large colonies of zoanthids, we got in a few beautiful elegances, 5 highly colorful acroporas, 2 emerald green long tentacle plates, great looking hammers and frogspawns, and many others.

I will try to have pictures of everything posted by tomorrow! Stay tuned!!

The Hidden Reef

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Incredible Koi Now for Sale!!

This week only, we will be offering incredible prices on close to 100 premium koi that we have in stock! You can see pictures below of these beauties in the acclimation tubs. The prices are:

19.99 for 8"
39.99 for 10-12"
59.99 for 15"
79.99 for 20"

Anyone who knows koi knows that these prices are UNBEATABLE! You will not see gorgeous koi like these for such a great price. Come on in for our special fourth of July blowout sale on koi and really impress your guests at your BBQ this weekend!!!