Ammonia in Tap Water and Cycling
I just set up my tank for the nitrogen cycle. I am using Seachem Prime to dechlorinate my water and Fuval Cycle to kick start the bio process. I also have the eco-complete wet substrate which supposed to be preload with "materials" to help with the nitrogen cycle. The tricky things is, from water testing, I found that there are about 0.75 PPM of ammonia from my tap water. After 24 hrs with filter running, I test my water and the ammonia level is below 0.5 and above 0.25 PPM, but still no reading for nitrite.
Is this mean that there are some BB working on my system already? or is it just the Prime reducing my ammonia since I might had added a slightly extra to the tank? How is the ammonia in my tap water affect my cycling, since I cannot lower the ammonia lvl below 0.75 PPM with water change. Also, what is the optimal level of ammonia in my tank for the BB to develop, I had read anywhere from 0.5 PPM to 2 PPM online.
Thanks for your help in advance!
Bump: Also, I want to add some plants to the tank during the nitrogen cycle, do I need to wait until after the cycle is done before I add any fertilizers to the tank? will the fertilizers affect the cycle process?