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Ammonia and nitrite levels question / minispike???

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I just added some fish to my new tank. I was given bacteria beads from a previously established filter which I added to my filter. The bacteria beads were handling a bioload that was bigger than what was added to my tank. I added 7 1-2" cobalt blues and 9 .5-1" yellow labs. My water readings are: 1ppm ammonia, .25ppm nitrite, and 10ppm nitrate. My fish do not seem to be suffering or having any ill effects at all. All are very active, eating well, and the cobalts even tried to spawn.

I was just wondering how the experts here think I should proceed (ie water change, add prime to remove some ammonia and nitrites, do nothing and wait, add bio spira, etc). Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks for your help.
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Thanks guys. So is it possible that the levels are harming the fish even though they are not showing any outward symptoms? Any other suggestions?
Any recommendation on the bio starter products? I have read and heard that bio spira is the only one that is any good. What are your thoughts? Also are false readings a possibility? The readings I am getting are only one "step" or level up from 0 ppm on the card you compare the color too.

I did a 15% water change last night and added some extra prime. I am still getting ammonia and nitrite readings but I think that it is just false positives on my water test kit. Prime's website said it will detox ammonia and nitrite by binding to it and removing the harmful form but it will still show up on test kits even though it has been removed from its harmful form. Also, the fish continue to look great and are very active even before the water change and adding prime. Any thoughts on why the fish did not appear harmed from 1.0 ppm NH4 and .25 ppm NO2? What levels are actually harmful to fish?

Also, should I do another water change tonight or hold off?
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