Does anyone have any experience with Purigen? Does it work? How well does it work? Do you recommend it?
Works unbelievably well. I have it in all of my filters. Plus you can recharge it.
Just make sure if you buy a bottle of it to get filter bags with small enough holes, or else it’ll go through it.
My tank's overall health is much better when not using products like Prime or Purigen.
I've used Purigen for years, in all my tanks. It takes out tannin really quickly and keeps my water crystal clear. It's nice that you can recharge it too.
Curious how you determined your tank is healthier without Prime or Purigen.
I can see where that might be the case if you don't actually have enough free bio matter in the tank to help sustain the bacteria. I got some and used it because I was having issues with cloudy tank water during a session of overfeeding while I acclimated some new snails. I really didn't want the fish to nibble on the snails, and I was working out what exactly to feed them. I ended up with some pretty cloudy tank water for a short time. I got a bag of purigen and just stuck it in my tank, not even in the filter. I do think it helped, but I probably don't need it now.You're right. I think for me Purigen is more of a placebo, although some suggest Purigen limits the amount of sustainable beneficial bacteria.
I mean, you might as well give it a try! Word of warning though, if it smells really bad right at first, apparently that's normal. That smell goes away. I was really amazed at how it smelled when I first put it in my tank. Don't be worried. And as Goldiemom said, putting some plants in that grow quickly can help soak up some nitrates. Nitrates are literally plant food. It is a bioavailable form of nitrogen that plants use to grow and make food for themselves. If you water your home plants with that tank water it will make them more vibrant and happy! There's a reason why High nitrates lead to lots of algae.Wow thanks for all the responses. When I was looking into this product, I noticed on Seachem’s website that “Purigen controls ammonia, nitrites and nitrates by removing nitrogenous organic waste that would otherwise release these harmful compounds.” I just assumed from that sentence that using it would lower the nitrates or keep them in check week to week in between water changes.
The reason I’m looking into this is because my 36g bowfront regularly hits 40ppm of nitrates every week, even after doing large water changes. I thought it could be attributable to overfeeding, so I adjusted that. No change. Then I thought my canister had become a nitrate factory, so I gave it a more thorough cleaning (in treated water) rather than the typical swishing and rinsing in dirty tank water. Still 40ppm of nitrates.
It’s not terribly high and I do keep up with my water changes, but I just thought maybe Purigen would help. I guess it can’t hurt, right?
this might be helpful:
Nice thing about pothos is that it is really easy to start from a cutting. Generally you can just cut off a piece and stick it in water and it will start to root. Another nice thing about Pothos is that it doesn't require loads of light, which is why it's such a popular houseplant. We had one growing in our bathroom that we looped over the shower after it got super long!
Oh hey I guess I could have posted my 1 day with Purigen comparison pics from my newest 20 gallon tank.
Took this right before adding Purigen.
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And this was taken 24 hours later.
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Nope. My plants are going crazy in my tank.Does Purigen also remove good things? Like fertilizer?