Everybody needs to chill. The guy made a BEGINNERS mistake. People do that, in fact I find it's what people do best. And I've always loved this forum because the people on it were very nice and helpful for my stupid BEGINNERS mistake.
So please lets cut back on the rudeness going on here.
As for the comment that was made about test strips costing the same amount as a 'good' liquid test. I cannot stress how inaccurate that is.
A) Depends where you live
B) I paid 50$ for my API liquid tester. So yeah... Thats like 5 times more then test strips
But they are right, test strips are not reliable, you do need a liquid test kit but if funds won't allow that, then you'll have to make do with what you have. Theres nothing else to do.
I did the same thing when I started too, only I had WAY more fish, don't stress about it. Your going to have a few die on you. But just do daily 15-20% water changes. It's your only hope.
I'm telling you now that your test strips are not helping whatsoever, on day 4 of a cycle you wouldn't even being showing Nitrites. You'll have ammonia right now. And in say... A week (maybe two it really depends)nitrites will show up.
I hope this helps. I'm sorry you've had a bad experience on this forum. It doesn't happen often. Don't be afraid to come back, we are here to help
Best of luck with your fishies :D