Some background, I am got a new 55 gal tank for Christmas and I have been reading/studying about how to do a proper start up of my new tank for about a week or more. In now way am I an expert or even consider myself to knowledgeable on the subject. That being said, I am really getting tired of people basically telling me that all I need to do is fill the tank and drop the fish in. I used to have a couple of tanks for a few years when I was a preteen, and even then I knew doing that wasn't the right way. Now that I know about Cycling the tank, water testing and and proper filtration, a lot mysteries are now understood. Anyway enough ranting for one day, I just had to get that off my chest, before I totally blew up at the next person that tells me that I just needed to drop them or that they never did that and had fish live for years.