I am in the middle of cycling my 10 gallon. I tested the water today and got these results.
ammonia (NH3): ~0.35 ppm
nitrite (NO2-): ~0.20 ppm
nitrate (NO3-): ~3 ppm
Based on my limited understanding of water quality, I believe I must do a water change at this point? I am unsure of what to do knowing those test results. FYI, I have three plants in the tank: two java ferns (which are both doing rather poorly) and one giant anubias.
I would appreciate any help with the water quality, plants, or anything else.
Additional information: I, against my better judgment, was coerced into buying a bottle of TLC Aquarium Optimizer ("living" bacteria to help the cycling process), and dumped a bit of it in about a week ago. That's all I did. I couldn't find ammonia, so I resorted to the bottled bacteria juice. So there's nothing but that, Prime-treated water, plants and gravel in my tank.