Hello, Some background info: I am new to fish. When I went to Sandy's Pet Shop two and a half weeks ago, all I knew is that I wanted a betta fish. I settled on a blue-bodied, orange-finned Delta that I've named Rocket. I knew nothing of the nitrogen cycle at the time and I bought my 3 gallon tank (heated, filtered, baffled, substrate but no plants) the same day. I have since put a nerite snail in said tank with plans to upgrade them both to a 10 gallon which is currently being shipped to me. Now, fish nerds, riddle me this. If I have ammonia and nitrate in my tap (.5ish ppm ammonia, 5-7 ppm nitrate) and I have not changed my water in 5 days, only adding Prime and Stability every 24-30 hours, why is my ammonia consistently the same as my tap at .5 ppm? Why do I have no nitrites or any more nitrates? Surely, considering the fact that I have toxins in my tap and 2 creatures constantly producing waste, those levels should rise. I know that Prime does not remove toxins, it only detoxifies them and makes them readily consumable by BB. So, I am very baffled. I know fish-in cycling is ill-advised and can take some time, but this just doesn't make sense. I use the coveted API liquid test kit. Don't know if it'll help but my tap water has about 8.2 or so PH, which settles down to 7.5 or so over time. My only theory is that maybe there is enough BB to consume the ammonia produced by my fish and snail, but it doesn't have enough of a foothold to clear the baseline ammonia levels in my tap. But that idea falls through considering I have 0 nitrites.