So I have a new 55 gallon tank that has been cycling and I feel like I may be doing something wrong. I've been throwing food in to help cycle but the ammonia never spikes and the Nitrite and Nitrates seem to be all over. I have successfully cycled tanks before but this is my first planted one. The plants in the tank are doing very very well and I saw some small white creatures with I believe are copepods based on looking online. I want to add a fish to the tank but am nervous to as I don't want them to suffer or die. Here is a table of my parameters so far:
I'm thinking of adding a fish to help cycle which is also something I wanted to know about. Currently I have:
Rainbow Shark x1
Zebra Danios x4
I kind of wanted a Ram but I'm not sure if it will work well as a tank mate.
Regardless any advice on the tank parameters and if I should do something different or am I just worrying about nothing? Also any cool looking fish tank mate that you think would be a nice addition to the family as well?