Man, I used to do everything ppl said. Truth is, even if they are more experienced, what works for them, might not work for you. If it's not broke, dont fix it! Lol. From what you said, it was fine before, then the peanut gallery started telling you stuff and getting in your head.
I have even been the peanut gallery before. Told my friend to do this n that, even though his grow was ok. Hey it works well for me....some of it didnt work too well for him. Hahahaha. You know what they say...listen to the plants. Seems like you already heard what they were saying before you even posted...