So I have a baby female beta, 2 gold rings, a baby synodontis eupterus catfish, and a male guppy in an 8 gallon tank. I've had them for exactly just over a week now. However, I didn't have time to cycle the tank for 2 weeks before I added the fish, as they were a gift. I've been using 2 drops of Seachem prime for every gallon I put into the tank (during a water change.) I have a 50 mL bottle that after this week, is now just less than half left. Been using Tetra SafeStart concentrated plus for the bacteria. My thermometer is getting here Monday, the heater has been set to 78 degrees. I've had some dead leaves floating to the surface, but have been taking them out daily. I noticed the other day the plants roots aren't necessarily reaching the soil underneath the rocks. Mentioned this to my friend, but she said they should be fine. Bought these plants from people in person, and a few from PetCo. These were the master test results on ammonia and nitrite an hour ago, before I just did a 50% water change (even though we did a 25% water change yesterday.) Also did a filter sponge change (I've been flipping it over then changing it every other day.) Right before the water changed, it looked like ammonia was at 1 ppm, nitrite was at 0 ppm, and they were swimming fast, as if trying to get out... they've been a lot calmer since the change. Help me if you can. I'm not sure why the ammonia is still so high. : ( about to test nitrate.