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Purigen or Clarity

I heard only good things about both. I will buy any one of them. Few questions are to decide:

1) If both clarity and purigen are safe to use in planted tanks?

2) Do they affect the buffering capacity of substrate or took out any liquid fertilizers we add to tank?

3) Do purigen need to be strictly put inside filter? Or can it be placed in a bag somewhere in the tank?

4) Do purigen comes with a bag or need to buy bag separately?

5) Last but not the least, which one you recommend? Which is more effective?

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Never used Clarity so can't speak for it.

As for Purigen, I've used it for many years, 24/7, mainly in planted discus tanks, and I can't imagine how you could improve on it for producing unbelievable water clarity, and truly superb water quality based on all the undesirable elements it regularly adsorbs.
I swear by it and wouldn't use anything else (after trying a couple of other products said to produce the same results).

And Purigen, based on my experience, has never removed ferts or other essential natural needs of plants, nor has it had any effect on altering appropriate GH and KH levels in a tank.

Never tried this, but I believe Purigen can be somewhat effective simply being placed in a bag somewhere in the tank, but not nearly as effective as being placed within a filter with a good water flow moving through it for best adsorption, which is how you're supposed to use it.

You can buy Purigen in bags, or by loose beads by the jar that you can bag yourself in an appropriately-sized fine mesh bag.
As I've said, I've not used Clarity, but I don't see how anything can improve on what Purigen can do.

The name "Clarity" by definition tells me what it's main purpose is.
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Never used Clarity so can't speak for it.

As for Purigen, I've used it for many years, 24/7, mainly in planted discus tanks, and I can't imagine how you could improve on it for producing unbelievable water clarity, and truly superb water quality based on all the undesirable elements it regularly adsorbs.
I swear by it and wouldn't use anything else (after trying a couple of other products said to produce the same results).

And Purigen, based on my experience, has never removed ferts or other essential natural needs of plants, nor has it had any effect on altering appropriate GH and KH levels in a tank.

Never tried this, but I believe Purigen can be somewhat effective simply being placed in a bag somewhere in the tank, but not nearly as effective as being placed within a filter with a good water flow moving through it for best adsorption, which is how you're supposed to use it.

You can buy Purigen in bags, or by loose beads by the jar that you can bag yourself in an appropriately-sized fine mesh bag.
As I've said, I've not used Clarity, but I don't see how anything can improve on what Purigen can do.

The name "Clarity" by definition tells me what it's main purpose is.

I agree with every word. I would add one more thing. Purigen is CHEAP. You can reuse it nearly infinitely by bleaching it. I have the same batch of purigen for 2.5 years now and it still works in the same way. So maybe starting price is a bit high, but it will last you eternity.


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1) If both clarity and purigen are safe to use in planted tanks?
Yep, both are fine.

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2) Do they affect the buffering capacity of substrate or took out any liquid fertilizers we add to tank?
Purigen will not remove any fertilizers from the water column and I don't see how it could affect the buffering capacity of your substrate. Neither is a problem with Clarity either (see my last statement below.)

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3) Do purigen need to be strictly put inside filter? Or can it be placed in a bag somewhere in the tank?
Purigen should be placed in the filter since it really needs water flowing through it in order for it to do its job.

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4) Do purigen comes with a bag or need to buy bag separately?
You can buy Purigen loose or in a sealed bag. The sealed bag is sized for tanks up to 100 gallons but can be placed in filters down to something the size of something like an Aquaclear 30 or small canister filters. If you buy it loose, make sure you get a bag with a fine enough mesh size or the Purigen will "leak" out of the bag and get everywhere, possibly causing problems with pumps and the like. Seachem's "The Bag" works well. I've also had success with Boyd Enterprises chemi-bags.

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5) Last but not the least, which one you recommend? Which is more effective?
The two products treat different issues; one is not an alternative to the other. Purigen is designed to help remove dissolved organics from the water (improving water quality) while Clarity is a flocculent that helps small particles suspended in the water column bind together so they can be more easily filtered out (improving water clarity.)

Clarity should only really be used if you water is cloudy immediately after setup (e.g. due to dust from substrate) or you stir up a bunch of sediment during a rescape or water change or something. It isn't chemical filtration in the way that Purigen is.
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I agree with every word. I would add one more thing. Purigen is CHEAP. You can reuse it nearly infinitely by bleaching it. I have the same batch of purigen for 2.5 years now and it still works in the same way. So maybe starting price is a bit high, but it will last you eternity.

And I agree with this added commentary.
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OP please excuse the thread hijack but I believe I could use some info here.

I have a large piece of driftwood that after a month is still leaking tannins and I'm worried that it'll interfere with light reaching the plants. Previously I've had smaller tanks and therefore, much smaller driftwood to add to the scape so I've never really encountered this problem before.

What are my options?
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Just buy Purigen and be done with it.
It is an exchange resin and works wonders.


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Just buy Purigen and be done with it.

It is an exchange resin and works wonders.


What is the best placement for Purigen in a canister? Last level before the output?


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It is an exchange resin and works wonders.
How do you measure wonders?
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It is a scalar form of measurement!
Scalar = having only magnitude, not direction.
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