yay i got my test kit today! i got an API dip strip nitrate/nitrite test kit. i know dip strips are not the most accurate but they were cheap and will give me some idea. i wanted an ammonia test kit but they were so expensive i decided to go look for them somewhere else. my lfs is great though.
here are my readings:
15 gallon tank - 0 nitrate 0 nitrite
hospital tank (with angelfish in it) - 20 ppm nitrate 0 nitrite
i don't know whether the readings for the 15 gallon means its already cycled, or it hasn't cycled yet and theres a build of ammonia in there. i would have thought it would smell bad if there was ammonia though i really need that am test kit :S
p.s. i got some moss today. i was after Java Moss
but they didn't have that, they had something very similar though which looked great (can't remember the exact name.) i've attached it to some rocks and driftwood in my tank and it makes it look so natural and chaotic...haha!