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post #21 of 25 Old 04-03-2013, 08:14 PM
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That is a prime example of what Purigen will do for your water. That is honestly how clear it will make the water. It works just as well in planted tanks and IME with no negative effects to the plants.
just curious how long you have been using this product? ive honestly never heard of it until now
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post #22 of 25 Old 04-03-2013, 08:37 PM
I have to chime in my two cents here as I am a current user of Purigen but only for a time being

Byron, I completely agree with not using Purigen whatsoever and letting nature (live plants) do there wonderful thing and keeping the water clean. Although I am contradicting at the moment by using Purigen in my heavily planted aquarium.

I use Purigen for one sole purpose. I purchased a large piece on driftwood that was to large to soak in any bucket, I couldn't boil it, and if you look at my 75gallon aquarium it's the center piece which you can tell is Huge. The water was extremely brown due to the tannis being leeched into the aquarium. I use Purigen on and off to remove the tannis and give me that clear look as many aquarist look for. It does wonders it makes my fish look as if they are flying like the water isn't even there.

My method I'd Purigen for a month then when I clean my canister filter I remove the Purigen for the next month. My plant growth is insane during the time when I don't use the Purigen. The tannis definitely comes back and the tank is brown again. I replace the Purigen after I restore it and the plant growth slows down just a little bit.

In short would I recommend using Purigen, yes but only if tannins are an issue.

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post #23 of 25 Old 04-03-2013, 09:03 PM
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I have to chime in my two cents here as I am a current user of Purigen but only for a time being

Byron, I completely agree with not using Purigen whatsoever and letting nature (live plants) do there wonderful thing and keeping the water clean. Although I am contradicting at the moment by using Purigen in my heavily planted aquarium.

I use Purigen for one sole purpose. I purchased a large piece on driftwood that was to large to soak in any bucket, I couldn't boil it, and if you look at my 75gallon aquarium it's the center piece which you can tell is Huge. The water was extremely brown due to the tannis being leeched into the aquarium. I use Purigen on and off to remove the tannis and give me that clear look as many aquarist look for. It does wonders it makes my fish look as if they are flying like the water isn't even there.

My method I'd Purigen for a month then when I clean my canister filter I remove the Purigen for the next month. My plant growth is insane during the time when I don't use the Purigen. The tannis definitely comes back and the tank is brown again. I replace the Purigen after I restore it and the plant growth slows down just a little bit.

In short would I recommend using Purigen, yes but only if tannins are an issue.
I am glad that you posted your experience with purigen, thanks. It is one thing for someone like me to come to the conclusion from my research and the manufacturer's data that a product will probably cause this or that. But when someone has actual experience to support this, I know I haven't lost it all...not yet anyway.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #24 of 25 Old 04-12-2013, 03:44 PM
I'd like to ad an update.....My curiosity got the better of me and I went out and purchased some Purigen and added it to my 37 gallon's (planted tank) internal filter. Even though I said I would not use Purigen in a planted tank, I have to retract that statement. Water is crystal clear and plants are growing like crazy :)
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post #25 of 25 Old 06-17-2013, 12:24 AM
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Sorry....not to beat a dead horse (an April post)... But just re-planted my tank, moving older full plants to the back...and newer plants forward.... Added both pellets and liquid fertz to old substrate.... Upon doing so, had a grayish cloudily effect on water (with a few water changes)....

I browsed this site, and came across this conversation... Decided to give this product a go....

Over the span of two days, water is crystal clear.... Added an additional canister filter (3 - for 120g tank)... Plus a uv sterilizer....

Very very happy with the results.... As to not offset the effectiveness of the fertz - I'll prob only run purigen for a week along with the uv sterilizer - then as needed...

Wanted to offset the poss of an algae bloom or increase toxins with the disturbance of the substrate.... So far, excellent results.... Ok, cheers.... Like this stuff, so far, a great deal....
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