I did not have any left over water from the LFS
that I used to fill my tank. However, I did stop by that same LFS
today to buy some. I tested it when I got home and it read a true 0-Nitrate. My aquarium is reading about 10ppm. So that is good new for me.
I did purchase some RO
water from a different LFS
about a week ago and I put about 1-gallon of that water in my tank after I purchased it. I tested the water from that store and it had a reading of 10+ for Nitates. I won't be going there anymore.
So unless the 1-gallon of water from the bad LFS
I added to my 75-gallon tank caused it to go up to 10ppm, I think I have achieved a cycle even though I never saw a spike.
I did read an entire book on saltwater aquariums before I went out and purchased anything. The book was published in 2007 so it had all of the up to date stuff. I also read a lot on the internet. However, I don't think any one piece can contain all of the information for this hobby. Especially for a weird situation like mine with no spikes. I will consider that publication you recommended too. The one thing the book and the store did not mention but I wish they had was a fishless cycle.
I did not find this site until I already got started, but this has been a great find, as I appreciate all of the advice from everybody.