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Waiting might be the best option at this point. I know the waiting is difficult but in the long run I feel sure your fish will thank you.
This is just one more reason why I have always done fish in cycling, well that and I didn't know there was any other way to do it or that any other way was necessary. With it you set up a tank. Fill it with fresh dechlorinated water and add fish. Before I joined this forum the only test kit I had was one for PH. I was always on top of the water changes though because I realized the fish needed fresh clean dechlorinated water.
While doing a fish in cycle it progresses along a pretty well set line of things that happen. Just because fish in cycling is being frowned upon by some doesn't mean it isn't still a viable way of doing it. I had already had water pets for over 35 years before I ever even heard of fishless cycling a tank and I heard it first right here on this forum.
This is actually what I would do If I found myself in your shoes. I would do a 90% water change to get this tank back to fresh clean water and go ahead and add some hearty fish and allow nature to follow its course. Clean fresh water is the main thing the fish need.
Since you are using spring water (I am assuming it contains all the minerals necessary for both us and our fish in drinking water) a dechlorinator isn't necessary but it is good to have Prime to help neutralize the low amounts of ammonia that will be present in a tank cycling with fish in it.
All of this to say, yes just be patient for a while longer or backup, regroup and go ahead and get some fish to finish this cycle
Thank you for your help I will wait and if it doesn't chamge by next weekend I will do a large water change and put hardy fish in to finish it. My ph is at 7.2 so I will be looking at that more closely for now on ( lesten learnt) and do water changes to make sure it stays up past 7. I believe the water I'm using has enough nutrients bin ot can you look at the pic and let me know what you think I don't mind buying additives to up them. Thanks again and I'm sure you will be hearing from me often with this cycle