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.