Are you using a liquid test kit or strips? If strips I suggest getting a liquid test kit. Most people will advise that if your ammonia or nitrItes are >.25 do at least a 50% water change. If you have an ammonia reading of 1 ppm
& you do a 50% water change your should have a new reading of .5 ppm
, if you have a reading of .5 ppm
& do a 50% water change you should then get a 0 ppm
reading. Does that make sense? I currently have a 10g fish in cycling with 1 male Betta, tested my water on Sunday & had 1 ppm
nitrites, I have been doing ~80% water changes daily for the last 4 days to get my nitrites as close to 0 as possible, yesterday my nitrites were at .25. I would increase the % of your water changes & I would not add anymore fish until its completely cycled which can take 6-8 wks.