How to keep nitrates at zero in a nano tank ???

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    How to keep nitrates at zero in a nano tank ???
    30 gallon
    light stock
    skimmer
    no sump
    no live rocks
    no mechanical filteration
     
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    add some live rock 1-2 lbs per gallon. This will help stabilize the water quality, create nooks and crannies for beneficial organisms like pods that eat the fish waste, and are free snacks for the fish. That way you don't need to feed as often.

    If possible, add a fuge with cheato. They make HOB fuges.

    Also, weekly water changes.
     
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    Do not over feed
    Do not over-stock (huge)

    You must also think about phosphates. Nitrates and phosphates do NOT always go hand in hand and phosphates alone can make algae grow like crazy. There are two ways to lower phosphates: a phosphate reactor and/or a fuge with cheato.
     
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    You need live rock, it's not optional. It serves as primary filtration and gives nervous or spooked fish a place to retreat to
     
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    Yes, you need live rock, and you need to do water changes.
     
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    I have an 8 gallon tank. My nitrates are always at zero.

    Water changes once a week, not overstocked, decent clean up crew and about 18 pounds of live rock.
     
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