Cycling with fish can potentially kill them, especially if you add more than one at once in the beginning. It's not a pretty sight if you witness them getting sick, and potentially dying from a pure lack of patience. Even though damsels are hardy, they are still living creatures, and will still feel the pain. Added to the fact that IF they do live, they will become territorial since they arrived first, and might bully other new add-ins (especially if the new arrivals are tame fish to begin with). You'll most likely want to return them to the store, but then again, what's the point if you could've started & finished your cycle with shrimp or LR
This hobby, other than the fact that it requires knowledge of the processes, requires discipline in the sense that something more "interesting" now might create mistakes in the near future. The fish will suffer for the expense of a good show.. and isn't that we're here for, to provide a healthy environment for the animals that we love? If you can bear to wait for your tank to cycle properly w/o fish, I would suggest highly on it.
around here say to just throw a few fish in there and enjoy the ride. After talking here in AA and reading up on proper habits, I think I know better, and won't subject my pets to the cycle. Just food for thought, sorry for the novel.