I don't mean to upset y'all... Really. I just came from saltwater where I spent at least $5,000 on three tanks over the years. $200 pairs of designer clownfish, $150 anemones, $20 1/2" acro frags... I realized how much money I spent that I didn't need to. I'm having issues with money right now, which is why I got out of that hobby and took up this one. I know somebody who kept a goldfish alive in a small fishbowl with no lights, no pumps, ect for seven years. Like, I definitely wouldn't do that because I want a nice tank, but I do cut corners, hence not cycling the tank. When I was 7 or 8, I had a tank full of guppies and I would take everything out of the tank, wash the gravels and plants, then set the tank back up once I cleaned it with BLEACH and then I put water conditioner in there and stuck the fish back in with absolutely no losses, and I didn't do water changes EVER, I never acclimated fish, I overfed, ect... Everything went fine. Now I have a better idea of what I'm doing. At least I didn't stick these guys in a 8" tall tub of water outside with JUST water in it in freezing temperatures with no heaters/pumps/ect. I have them in a $500 tank with a 150w halide, a 350gph pump overkill for FW, blah blah. Yes I used play sand, but it worked. No, I didn't let the tank cycle, but I figured out how to keep the fish safe from ammonia by using AmQuel LIKE WAS SUGGESTED. I do take your suggestions.
To be honest (and I think I've said this before), even if I bought a test kit, I wouldn't have time to do tests, nor would I want to. I'm busy with school, one of the hardest schools in my state, and I have tons of other activities I have to do. I bought one of those master test kits for my SW (and they sucked BTW, not sure about how the FW one is... I had to get a test kit that was $30 per kit [one thing testing, no multiples] DX) so I know they are like $30 for the thing, which isn't too bad, but it is $30 I rather spend on plants. Just give me time to let me prove myself. If all of my stuff dies, then you can say you were right and I was wrong.
I'm not trying to be difficult, and though I may come across as rude or not comprehensive at times, I am making an effort at this hobby. I just don't want to throw all of my money into it right now. As I said, I don't have too much, so I'm doing what I can.
Sorry if I'm coming across the wrong way. I don't mean to be rude or not acknowledge your advice, I appreciate it greatly.