Question On Cycling And Water Changes With Ammonia Filled Tap Water

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CrazyPeekles

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Hello all,

So I'm in the middle of cycling my tank using Tetra Safestart Plus in my 110g tank. It's been 3 days now and since yesterday, I've been getting readings of:

Ammonia - 0.25ppm (was around 0.5ppm to 1ppm before adding safestart, so definitely lowered a little)
Nitrites - 0ppm
Nitrates - 5-10ppm

I do have about 10 small fishes in there and never have I gotten any results above 0ppm for Nitrites.

My questions are:

1. I know people sometimes recommend water changes to get the ammonia down, but if my water contains around 0.5-1ppm of ammonia, would it better off to not do the water change for now?

2. Would the 0ppm reading for Nitrites mean anything and how does my cycling look so far?

Edit: I am also aware that ammonia readings during cycle with safestart may be inaccurate.
 

AngelTheGypsy

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You’re on the right track. Don’t do any water changes. Let the safe start do its job.
It’s not uncommon to never see nitrite when using safe start.
I also have ammonia in my tap. Eventually your bacteria colony will take care of it quickly.
 
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