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Old 01-22-2011, 05:17 AM   #21
 
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Yeah, I'm planning on going. Hopefully I'll see you there.
Yay!!
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:12 AM   #22
 
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Seachem. Purigen


I firmly believe people hit their tanks way to often with unnecessary things, when all that is necessary is to start off with quality, healthy stock, frequent water changes, NO gravel if you lack housekeeping skills, and QT.

On our discus site, I can't tell you how many times, folks pop in with ill discus. It is heartbreaking. All have gravel that is loaded with crap, worms, rotten food. Underground filters are the worse.

Discus take a lot of dedication and hard work.

Sorry, on a roll here:)
After reading about Purigen I can't see where there are any negative aspects to it. It's not a chemical you're adding to your water, but rather a filtration system to suck out excess organics in the water. It states it has minimal effects as far as sucking out mineral contents of the water. This product sounds like it would be effective in treating cyano since it does remove the excess organics, which cyano loves to feed off of. I wonder if this product is nearly the same as Chemipure??
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:17 AM   #23
 
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I wonder if this product is nearly the same as Chemipure??
I am not sure...
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Old 01-22-2011, 11:53 AM   #24
 
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I have some Purigen in my discus tank right now, and I like the stuff. It's obviously no replacement for maintenance, but I like that it helps to polish the water and sucks up tannins from the huge new chunk of driftwood in there. I don't think I'd try recharging it in bleach though... I'll just buy a new packet whenever it needs to be replaced.
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Old 01-22-2011, 12:35 PM   #25
 
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I have some Purigen in my discus tank right now, and I like the stuff. It's obviously no replacement for maintenance, but I like that it helps to polish the water and sucks up tannins from the huge new chunk of driftwood in there. I don't think I'd try recharging it in bleach though... I'll just buy a new packet whenever it needs to be replaced.
Ok, so now you have me toying with the idea of trying it. I know 1077 raised a group of .25 cent discus to adulthood and he used Purigen. It's not like we'd ever have to worry about losing mineral content of our water, not the way in which we have to do water changes, lol.
I still want to know the difference between Purigen and Chemipure. Anyone??
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Old 01-22-2011, 12:46 PM   #26
 
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Well many fish come from the forests of south america and asia, so they actually benefit from tannins in the water. Tannins contain minerals for fish, make fish more calm, inhibit algae, and decompose (albeit slowly) into CO2.

Why would you want to get rid of it? The aquarium isn't for you, it's for your fish. :P
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Old 01-22-2011, 05:06 PM   #27
 
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Because the tannins make it look like crap. Considering how much time, effort, and cost I've put into the tank, the substrate, the equipment, the plants, and the discus themselves, I don't care to see it looking nasty and murky with a yellow haze over everything. That's not to mention all of the work involved in raising the discus and tending all of the plants in there. Considering that all of them are domestic strains raised in bare tanks that don't know tannin from a tennis ball, I don't think they mind my meticulous maintenance.
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Old 01-22-2011, 05:10 PM   #28
 
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Well many fish come from the forests of south america and asia, so they actually benefit from tannins in the water. Tannins contain minerals for fish, make fish more calm, inhibit algae, and decompose (albeit slowly) into CO2.
THis is very true ~ there are great nutrients in Tannins water.


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Because the tannins make it look like crap. .

And I agree here too ~ I have seen Discus tanks with Tannins water and it is like tea. Very unsightly. It would drive me nuts! That is one reason why I never used real wood in my tank.
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:31 AM   #29
 
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Ok, so now you have me toying with the idea of trying it. I know 1077 raised a group of .25 cent discus to adulthood and he used Purigen. It's not like we'd ever have to worry about losing mineral content of our water, not the way in which we have to do water changes, lol.
I still want to know the difference between Purigen and Chemipure. Anyone??
Would choose Purigen over Chemipure with planted tank for Chemipure claims to remove CO2.
Say's so on the tub it comes in.
Purigen is a good scavenger of organics and polishes the water quite nice. Prolly won't tell much difference when looking at the tank from the front, but when looking end to end,,is big difference.
I used it due to auto feeder for very small fish and the product helped with keeping water clear of afore mentioned organics and or possible ammonia until such time as I could get home from work to perform water change.
Automated water change might have made the use unnecassary but I did not have this.
My fish were raised over sand,and then gravel substrate along with Sterbai cory's,German blue rams,and Threadfin Rainbows.
In hindsight,,I should have raised the juveniles in Bare bottom tank but I did not. Cleaning the substrate was a pain but was a labor of love.
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