It's been about 4 weeks since I started my first tank (8 gallons) with 5 white cloud minnows. Fish seem very happy, I have already spotted 2 fry though I am not sure if they are still alive or not since it is hard spotting them. After the first week I decided to add Tetra SafeStart to help quicken the cycling process. Since then, I have only done 2 water tests, one last week and this week. I didn't have the API test kit until recently.
What's currently in my tank: 5 WCMM, Anarharis Live Plants (growing very fast), one 8" piece of malaysian driftwood.
The nitrate levels seem quite high, is this good for my fish?
I also noticed tiny white dots moving near the bottom of the tank, I researched a bit and they seem to be Copepods. There are also worms moving around too, they have a arrow like head, don't know what these are yet.
I don't really know if my tank is cycled yet, should I wait another week or is it now safe to do a water change to help lower the nitrate levels?