Having shown success in getting Nitrite readings and Nitrate readings, I have discovered that my salt dip did not kill all the possible snail eggs in the plants I received :(
I have at least 4 little pond snails grazing about the tank.
The ammonia is too high still for me to place anything into the tank and I'm still hoping it will prevent the pond snails from surviving. I may need to get an assassin snail once the tank finishes cycling.
Well, going to try using bait trap method with a slice of zucchini and one of our clean empty glass spice shakers...