I test mine about once a month sometimes even longer.
No, only if you suspect a problem or are totally bored one day.Do i have to bother with the NO2 and NH3 if my tank is fully cycled and nothing has gone wrong?
Getting into a routine with water changes, etc reduces the need for testing, but keep in mind the fish will be growing, eating more, excreting more waste, so more heavily feeding the nitrogen cycle. What works at one point as far as water changes, may not 6 months later. Tesing for nitrate every 3 months or so isn't a bad idea just to be sure your change and buffering routine is still working for you.How about if im doing 10-25% water changes every week, should i bother testing the NH3 every week?
Must say I follow this method as well. Did my first test recently, but only because I got a test kit for free so...I shall be doing a few with the new tank to get the Ph where I want it, but that's about all.Fogelhund said:I haven't tested my water in nearly two decades. Get into a routine, and stick with it. You should be able to tell when the water needs changing after a bit.
+1DJRansome said:I do 50% weekly whether I need it or not and never test unless the fish are acting strangely or I make changes to the tank (add fish, medicate, aquascape, etc.). I'd try to stay between 10ppm and 20ppm on the nitrates.