Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Kolkata city, India
Views on use of Seachem Purigen in a low tech tank
I maintain a 15 gallon, fairly heavily planted, low tech tank which is supported by a Sunsun 302 canister filter which has mixed media including two MarinePure 2" square blocks for ammonia and nitrite removal.
I have read good things about Purigen here and elsewhere. But I have also read that it may not be the best addition for a low tech planted tank.
The reason I was exploring the possibility of adding Purigen was to tackle the inevitable mess of decomposing plant matter. I have a lot of leafy plants and there are times that for one reason or other some of the plants drop leaves. At present my Staurogyne repens carpet is a fair mess with half of the leaves lost. It is coming back, but slowly. Plus, despite a lot of circulation (I have a wavemaker installed) there is just too much stem growth in the rear creating inevitable dead spots where melted leaves gather out of sight. That may support the growth of the worst types of algae.
I felt that Purigen can be a good addition due to its organic removal capacity.
Would love to have your views.
Am attaching an image of the tank dated 9th March (2 month old tank). There is more plant mass as on date.
Fauna stocking is around 60% of tank capacity.
Thanks for your views.
Sumit K Sen