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Parameters OK to start cycling?

My tank has been sitting with some plants in it since mid March, and I haven't started cycling it because I wanted to wait until I acquired some driftwood. They're rooted and growing. I have been doing weekly 50% water changes since, while dosing Flourish comp. Now that I have everything set and in the tank (gravel, driftwood, heater, etc), I did a 75% water change and got these parameters.
pH: 7.5
Ammonia: 0.50 ppm
NitrIte: 0 ppm
NitrAte: 40 ppm
Are these parameters OK to start a nitrogen cycle in? I'm going to be using pure ammonia to cycle. Also, I use drilled well water, so should I use Prime for water changes, or would this be detrimental for the cycle?
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If your ammonia is > 0 then your cycle has already started.

Prime is primarily used as a dechlorinator. More info on Prime: Seachem - Prime
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You took these readings right after that 75% water change? I ask because nitrates seem a bit high.
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If your ammonia is > 0 then your cycle has already started.

Prime is primarily used as a dechlorinator. More info on Prime: Seachem - Prime
So then I add the ammonia to bring it up to 3ppm?
As far i i understand, keep bringing ammonia up to 3ppm daily until nitrItes show. Then nitrItes will dip, thus nitrAtes will go up. Then the cycle is done.

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You took these readings right after that 75% water change? I ask because nitrates seem a bit high.
I know, I was a little alarmed by such a high reading too. The reading was at 24 hours after the water change, because i tested pH at the same time.

Will my high nitrAtes hinder the cycle at all? Or should I keep changing the water until they drop?
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