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I am new to this group so I’m not sure if I’m doing this right for my journal but I am posting about my start on the saltwater journey! Day one of the start to my cycle with some fritz 9 bacteria and a shrimp from the sea food section at a local store. Using the reef salts from instant ocean as I plan to add coral in the future and didn’t want to get just the basic one and need to buy new salt in a couple months. I am starting with some dry rock I got from a fellow hobbiest for free and am waiting for my shipment from bulk reef supply to arrive in 6ish days. When I say dry rock I mean it was alive at one point but she let it sit in a shallow bucket for weeks in storage and then I let it dry out in the sun for a few days and scrubbed it. I assume nothing is alive on it. I didn’t want to risk any pests. I ordered 15 pounds of MarcoRocks REEFSAVER dry live rock from BRS. With some shelf varieties of this, BRS Rox 0.8 Carbon, mesh media bag for it and ammonia chloride for a fish less cycle though I may not need it due to the shrimp I added. I added the shrimp as I didn’t want to wait 6 days for it to arrive and figured i could at least start the cycle now,so some beneficial thing is happening in my tank. Not sure if it will be a pain adding in the new rock in 6 days but we will see. Also my tank is only filled half way because the water station broke after filling 2, 5 gallon jugs and my husband couldn’t find anymore water at the other stores as there water stations where broken. I plan to get a rodi system in a couple months when I can afford one. The water from the water station did read TDS 15 when I measured it. Hopfully that won’t be a issue.