02-13-2012, 12:15 PM
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Make sure you do identify it before buying any. The risks are great. It may be a potentially large fish that will outgrow your tank, it may be predatory, it may need a group or may have to be kept alone, it may have totally different needs respecting water chemistry, decor, ...
Some stores have books available for identification. Some even have a computer with internet access. At the very least, they should know the name the supplier gave to the fish. Ask the manager to look up the invoice. Of course, if this is one of the chain stores, it is possible they just get "fish" in with no idea what they are. Poor fish.
Before I learned my lesson, I had to return fish, or destroy some, solely because they didn't work in my tanks.