Originally Posted by CrypticLifeStyle
Please keep us up to date on what seachem has to say. I'm convinced it was the purigen wether by itself or in a interaction with soemthing else. Nothing that rapid in change could of happened from simple things like bioload, filtration or anything else that fast. There was a chemical reaction somewhere.
You can have a million people praise a product, but it just takes one problem like this to really understand a product, and/or point out a flaw in a product.
I agree 100%! The thing that causes the issue is the Purigen (in concert with my particular water conditions). I'm not meaning to say that Purigen is a bad product. It works wonders for most, but it appears not for me with my particular water.
I left the bag in overnight, as before I retired for the evening a good many of the larger fish had resumed their normal habits. Some, still were at the surface, but most looked good.
So, now 12 hours later, there are still about half a dozen or so that are hiding up top in the corner, in the dark. I dumped in some flake food, 1/4 of an algae wafer and one shrimp pellet to entice them to feed, but those up top stayed there. The juveniles though were feeding like crazy along with the adults who weren't up top en masse. I also put in some food for the fry, and they also fed like normal.
The addition of the Purigen just seems to be affecting the adult guppies. The Panda Corydora, Trumpet and Nerite Snails and Red-Clawed Crab seem good. The Trumpet Snails have gone back to hiding under the gravel in the daylight, as expected.
If anything, the Purigen is having absolutely no effect on the crab. She likes to sit half out of the water, on the top of the filter pad
in the filter. When I open the lid to the tank, she'll normally scurry into the exhaust port of the powerhead (big-ish square opening that overflows onto the filter pad atop the tank, and yes, one time she lost 2 legs in the impeller, but they grew back after a molt or two). Well, this morning when I went to turn on the tank's light and opened the lid, there she was, eating a small piece of carrot (don't know whether she eats it or just likes the texture
, or just likes to rip things apart) on top of the bag of Purigen
. Upon the movement of the lid, she waved good morning with one claw (I'll take that as "back off sucker") and bolted into the powerhead's exhaust. Yes, one day I'll put some screen over the exhaust. Sorry to digress!!!
Water parameters, at least what I can test for, seem unchanged compared to before putting the Purigen in.
I'm hoping to move into a super large tank soon. Going from 3 to 5 gallons
. On that tank, I'll be able to use my Aquaclear Mini (AQ20). Then I believe I'll have good flow through the entire bag of Purigen, as opposed to the trickle through only a very, very small surface area of the bag. I'll update with any findings/observations, when I finally get that set up.
I'll also post anything that Seachem informs me of, if in fact they tell me anything.