it still needs to cycle. itll take a few months, which will give you time to do a rock scape. i put a couple cheap damsels in mine to help it cycle (theyre fairly hardy) i let mine cycle for about 3 months before dding anything other than the 2 damsels. remember, the lfs isnt going to replace the dead fish that didnt make it through the cycle, theyll just be happy youre purchasing more. thats why i used damsels. $3 fish vs $20-$200 fish and coral.