in a healthy cycled aquairum there should be no need at all to use ammonia reducing chemicals. These chemicals can throw your tests way off, and can hinder your tank from completing it's cycle. Also, PH adjusters are generally a bad idea... it's better to have a stable PH that's a little high or a little low, than one that fluxuates all over the board. Fish get stressed from the constant rapid changes and tend to go belly-up...
In a cycled healthy aquairum that isn't over stocked you should only have to do water changes and gravel vacs. every 10 days to 2 weeks. If you aren't done cycling, and are doing water changes to help with a fish's stress, don't touch the gravel, but get the water from the top, changing only about 10% or so as needed.
if you don't have children, take "parental pride" in your animals... I do... wanna see pictures of my "kids"? lol!