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New Tank Low Ammonia with No Water Changes?

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Hi,

I set up a new 20-gallon tank about 12 days ago and got the pH to about 6.8 (temp is staying around 74 degrees F) and then put three Endler's Guppy in it. The ammonia went up to about 1ppm and I did a 25% water change as well as drop in a dose of AmmoLock (a week ago today). Since then I've been testing it every day and the ammonia has stayed below one and most of the time 0.25-.5ppm but I haven't changed the water again. Should I be performing water changes even when it's staying that low and I've been putting AmmoLock in it every other day (according to the instructions on the bottle)? Neither the nitrites nor nitrates have moved from 0ppm yet (which doesn't surprise me with the ammonia staying low and it being so soon).
I also have an assortment of various plants (four of them) and a couple of moss balls in there if that changes anything.

Thanks for any advice!
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To be honest, I'm not sure what kind of plants they were. The place I bought them from was just having a sale on assortment bags and I wasn't picky so I just picked up one of those. I do know there's some Java Moss in there though. It's stuffed in the Whiskey barrel and cave in these photos but I recently got some fish line and wrapped it to the base of that cave.
 

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I was starting to wonder that. I was worried about throwing too much in at once though. Would you think that adding a little bit of bottled ammonia or adding more fish is the better route at this point? (Or something else entirely)

I'd eventually like a small group of dwarf shrimp, a couple cory catfish, and either a few ember tetras or kubotai rasboras in there.
 
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