Hey fishlore friends. So I recently got s 10 gallon tank (about a month ago) and I’ve been trying to cycle is without fish. To be honest, I was sold fish the next day (tiger barbs) and they quickly died off. Since then I’ve dont a lot of research to find out I can’t have barbs in a 10g and you cannot just plop fish in the next day the tank must be cycled properly. So that’s what I intend to do. That said, I found out that my tap water has about 2 ppm of ammonia in it (I use the api liquid test kit). This seems to have worked, along with the few days I had fish to start a cycle. Fast forward a few weeks and I decided to get a bubbler system, new filter cartridges and a tank heater. My levels are as follows: ammonia has been at 1ppm for as long as I’ve been testing. My nitrites were at 2ppm but have since dropped to 1ppm. HERE IS THE PROBLEM- I cannot seem to get the bacteria that converts nitrite to nitrate to flourish. I’m testing between 0-5ppm for nitrate. I’ve tested so many times I’m questioning if there is any nitrate at all. I recently turned my heater up to 86 degrees to try and help. I’ve been using API quick start as well as water conditioner. I did a 1/3 water change last week and am just playing the waiting game. Any suggestions? I do not have any plants either and I occasionally throw some fish food in to keep the ammonia going. (Not sure if I should stop this) oh and I will not be gettin tiger barbs in the future. Tetras and guppies. Maybe a Cory cat. Is there any possibility that the tap water is causing all this delay in nitrogen. Current tank is 1ppm ammonia 1ppm nitrite and 0-5ppm nitrate. Probably zero.