Ok so it's my first new 20gal tank fully set up. I filled the tank with water and added primer then I put janitor grade ammonia 26days ago to 4ppm. (Fish less cycle) and I added nite out starter bacteria. It never dropped once and yet I started getting 5ppm nitrites and 20ppm nitrates. I have one tiny plant in there. On day 22 my ammonia was the same 4 but my nitrites dropped to 1ppm and my nitrates stayed at 20. Fearing a stalled cycle I did a water change 4 days ago to dilute ammonia to 2ppm. Still hasn't changed, at all. So now my stats are ammonia at 2ppm, nitrites at .5, and nitrates at.25. My ph has always been 7.6 and my temp is 78F. Am I in a cycle even? And why isn't the ammonia budging at all? Especially if I have nitrites and nitrates! I'm feeling discouraged.