Hello everyone. Just want to introduce myself and have an easy thread to link that will explain me, my tanks, and my situation. I just recently got into aquariums and fishkeeping. My wife and I had talked about it and had been looking for a good price on a used tank and stand. We ended up getting a used 46g bowfront with the stand, a filter, glass lid, and two LED panels. We went and picked out the other things we wanted: decor, air pump, heater, substrate, etc. I also bought the Quick Start from API. We set the tank up and the next day, I went to a LFS and got some pretty terrible advice. I was told that the Quick Start was all I needed (wrong, it's not a water conditioner) and that I should get 2 dozen common goldfish to cycle my tank. The person never mentioned fishless cycling at all. I took her advice and got myself into a pretty big mess. Later that night I was scouring the bottle of Quick Start to make sure it was a water conditioner, realized it wasn't, and went and got one immediately. Within four days I lost 7 of the 24 goldfish. During those four days, I educated myself on the nitrogen cycle, stocking capacities, and goldfish and realized how screwed my situation was. I started asking for advice on the Aquariums Subreddit and got a lot of brutal but honest advice, which made me really want to take charge of what was happening with my tank and so here I am. I'm in week 6 of my cycle, got an API master test kit, I'm in between my nitrite and nitrate spikes, doing 33% water changes every other day to keep the fish as comfortable as possible. I am proud to say that I haven't lost a single goldfish since the first four days. I know I will have to get rid of them all because they will get huge, but I have really enjoyed having them and I'll be finding someone with a pond to give them to as I'm not willing to let them become food. Since beginning the hobby 6 weeks ago, I've really educated myself a lot on anything and everything I can. I'm nowhere near an expert and I'm still learning new things every day, but I can proudly say I've been able to pass on some of the good advice and knowledge I've received to other beginners. I have acquired 7g, 10g, 20g high, and 20g long tanks (the 20g high was given to my father, who got hooked like me and went and bought a 55g) and I'm planning on doing awesome things with my other tanks. I want to do a carpeted shrimp tank with the 7g (dhg with marimo moss balls, driftwood) a Blue Ram tank with the 20L (with some cardinal tetra, heavily planted), and a quarantine tank with the 10g. I've also acquired 3 more filters (all over double rated compared to my tanks they'll be running on) and I have two Tetra Whisper EX45s running on my 46g. Anyways, I know this is a long post and I know I screwed up in the beginning by not doing enough of my own research before getting fish, but I feel I've done my absolute best since then and I've fallen in love with the hobby. Thank you for reading my post and I'm glad to be a part of this community.