yes I have read about the nitrogen cycle on this site, still don't totaly under stand the numbers yet ! The store I bought the tank at has left me with many ? and yes they told me to use the quick strips, after reading the forums here I unstand I need a API MASTER TESTER and I well get one soon. heres what the strips told me nitrate 20 nitrite 0 hardness 25 alkalinty off the color charts ph 8.4 or higher because the color was pink and I have no pink on char did ammonia 3.0 test tap water and it was 3.0 I do not live in the city so my water comes from a well , so ? is is my tank still cycling I have been doing this for 5 week the lady at the store keeps telling to put more guppies in and not clean or do water changes till it cycles, So i'm asking is this right and just wate it out ???