Originally Posted by Promelas
5 years and no test kits?! I could never go that long without testing my water!
You know, that's an attitude I'm seeing more and more on these forums.
About ten years ago, I would keep fish with my dad. We never had kits. We set a tank up, filled it with tap water, dropped in two mollies, and let it run for two weeks. Then we added a few new fish every weekend. No problems, ever.
No sick fish, nothing dying. Went that way for at least five years. The only time we had to replace fish was when they got too big for the tank and started picking on others, or we had to move, and took all our fish to the lps.
Maybe test kits are just cheaper these days.