very rarely test nitrate, ph, and kh... never test any of that other stuff... i've gotten much better at reading my plants and dosing accordingly, and i see myself stopping the nitrate testing altogether in the next couple months, as my plants have hit their stride, and i seem to have found something that works. I might stop testing the ph and kh too, since my target for CO2 is basically somewhere between mad pearling of the plants, and abnormal fish behavior. If the fish look good and the plants are thriving, no need to mess with it. I dose sodium bicarbonate with each water change, so I'm not worried about a ph crash due to low kh, and my co2 tank has a low pressure regulator and a needle valve, so co2 rate variation is almost non-existant. I am in no way arguing against testing. There are certain things that anyone should test for when starting a tank, and in my opinion, for AT LEAST the first year in the hobby, even if things seem to be going well. it just takes that long to get a feel for your tank, and to start to see the subtle clues your plants and fish give you. Test on, planted tank warriors!
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