I owned LFS
for years. You need a better LFS
. Mistake #1, their greed got in front of their common sense. They should have held you back from buying a tang or anything at this point of the tank cycle. Mistake #2, they didn't own up and help you. They should have agreed to house your fish at no liability to them until your tank was cycled. In fairness, no liability to them because they don't know how damaged the fish is already. There is a partnership you can form between yourself and a good LFS
. But you need to listen, as I got very frustrated with folks that had no patience, then blamed everyone for their losses. When a trusted supplier says "no" listen. It's easy and profitable over the short term to always say "yes."