it might be cheaper to have the LFS order it, but the animal would be acclimating twice in a short period of time. Can't be good.
Whenever I have ordered a fish through my LPS
, I can get them to call me as soon as it comes in. Since our stores get fish on monday's I know when to expect the call and I can go pick it up immediately, before they acclimate it. This keeps you from bringing home anything from the LPS
's tanks too. Just be careful if you do it, the water in the bag from shipping can lower your pH and cause other problems, or so I was told.