Just got back from The Ponds and Gardens of Limekiln, WOW, I was blown away. Umm, there were around four thousand Goldfish, Fancy Goldfish and Koi. Around two thousand of them were beautiful Koi. There were also over one hundred concrete and porcelain statues and fountains. They were sculpted as children, angels, frogs, fish, and anything you could want for the outside of your pond and garden. The statues were gorgeous, and in all sizes with some fountains streaming water out of their mouths.
Back to the real stars of the day, the fish. Oh my, where do I start? There were around ten different Fancy Goldfish, from two inches to seven inches, which included Blue Fantails, Jumbo Blue Fantail Nymphs, Calico Fantails, Red Fantails, Black Moor’s and Shubunkin. Each tank was stocked nicely, lots of fish. There were also comet goldfish from two inches up to twelve inches, including some Sarasa comets.
On to the Koi! There were only a couple thousand, which ranged from 5 inches all the way up to twenty two inches. There were twenty five large tubs of Koi, broken up into two different rooms. Some of them were imported from Japan and Malaysia. They had other Imported Koi as well, and domestic ones. Some of the Koi were Sanke, Black, Yellow Ogon, Asagi, Butterfly and Black Ghosts. The largest Koi were in a fifteen foot concrete pond, and next to them was a nine foot pond of some of their smaller friends.
Although they were a pond and goldfish store, there were four tanks of African Cichlids, and a tank of eight small Candy Apple Red Discus, both looked amazing. Also in two of the aquariums were albino, and Blue Channel catfish About one hundred three-four inch Plecos were cleaning the glass of the tanks all spread out throughout the store.
There were both totally aquatic submerged pants, to semi submerged pond plants, and regular house and garden plants for sale. The Submerged plants were Anacharis, Hornwort, Water Wisteria, cabomba, duckweed, plus others. Water Hyacinths and Water Lilli’s (some tropical) were floating, and for sale as well. There must have been over one hundred different other kinds of plants, it was unreal.
They had a nice selection of pond foods. Also for sale were pond filter and pumps by Laguna and one other company, and big nets amongst other things.
The staff are some of the greatest minds in the industry, and well respected. They know everything there is to know about fish, and they breed koi and also some tropical fish. They have been in the business for over forty years, and have learned a thing or two. They are also very friendly, and there to help you with whatever you need.
The Ponds and Garden of Limekiln is a MUST see for any fish lover. The amount and quality of fish is breathtaking. The store is set up unlike anything you have ever seen, when you visit, you will see.
The staff was kind enough to let me take some pictures of the goods, check out the slideshow! (Click on the picture of fish)
STORE: The Ponds and Gardens of Limekiln
LOCATION: 200 Limekiln Pike, Glenside, PA 19046
PHONE NUMBER: 215-884-5928
STORE HOURS: Monday – Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturaday-10:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday – 10:00am to 2:00pm