Many first-time fish keepers are unaware of the cycling process that goes on in every fish tank. This one crucial step is vital to maintaining a successful tank. Unfortunately, one of the key steps involved is patience. A properly cycled tank can take weeks to months to fully establish. The time frame is dependent on various factors. The good news is that much of the process is automatic and all you have to do is have a little patience and test your aquarium water from time to time. There are various freshwater testing kits to choose from. They range from test strips that you dip in your tank water to liquid test kits that require a little more attention to detail. Both testing kits have their Pros and Cons. Strip test are relatively cheap and take seconds to get a reading. However, they tend to be less accurate than the liquid test kits. Liquid-based testing kits are little more expensive and require some more work than the testing strips. However, they tend to be more accurate. So, which one should you choose? It’s personally down to the fish keeper. If you have the time and energy required for the liquid test kits, by all means, go for it. However, if you don’t have the time or have multiple tanks and want fast results the testing strips are the tests for you.