Jim Straughn’s aquarium Showroom and Pond Design may have been small, but it packed a nice punch.
For only having around twenty freshwater tanks, they were stocked smart and nicely. There were four different kinds of juvenile Discus, and a nice batch of small angels. Their Tetras were looking good; they included Neon’s, Black Neon’s, Serpae and Black skirts plus others. There were Platy’s and guppies. In one of the tanks was a Corydoras specie which I could not make out the exact kind, it was adorable though. It had black dots on its body, and a black stripe around its head. It sort of looked like this: http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog/image.php?species=corydoras+sp(c048)&image_id=7785 Filling out their community section were mystery snails. The store smartly had a common Pleco in a lot of tanks. What really caught my eye was a common fish, but these specimens looked like the best I have ever seen, their rainbow sharks. The bodies were pitch black, with no marks on them, and the tail a nice red. Silver Dollars were for sale in two sizes, juvenile and medium. There were nice looking Tiger Barbs as well. The only aggressive fish I saw were Jack Dempsey’s. There were one to two tanks of African Cichlids for sale as well. At the bottom of their display were three tanks of medium sized Koi.
For the store being not the biggest, they stocked their other items smartly as well. Their live plants were in with their live fish tanks, and their plastic plants (large selection) were on a tall display that you spin around to get what you want. They had an ok selection of ornaments, which were at the top of a shelf, out of the way of other items.
They had some different shaped tanks for sale, one was a 76 gallon half circle, and the other was a 54 gallon corner aquarium.
This stores best items were their rock and driftwood selection. The rocks were Tufa, Lava, and Lace, plus a few others. There were about fifteen different pieces of Malaysian driftwood, from small to medium. Almost all of them had unique shapes, not just straight.
The staff was nice, one lady names Debbie talked to me about fish stuff, but also different avenues for me to go in my fish writing career. She was a pleasure.
Onto the things that could have been better. The filters were a little on the high side price wise, and for the most part they only carried Tetra food. Besides those things, Jim Straughn’s Aquarium Showroom and Pond Design was an enjoyable time, one should visit it.
BEFORE you go anywhere else, and you’re thinking of designing your tank with rocks and small to medium pieces of driftwood, this is a must hit store.The selection was by far the best I have seen in my travels.
STORE: Jim Straughn’s Aquarium Showroom and Pond Design
LOCATION: 420 Philmont Avenue. Feasterville, PA 19053
PHONE NUMBER: 215-322-3474
STORE HOURS: Monday-Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm