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Clorox Fiber Guard Bleach to Restore Purigen?

The only bleach I have is this 'clorox fiber guard stuff'

there's no scents added or anything but I'm wondering if it will do anything bad? I figure a good rinse would be fine?


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I'm not 100% sure, but I don't think you want to use that bleach. It would seem to have something added to protect the fabric. I don't think it's worth the risk.

I would not want to use it to restore Purigen for that reason. Remember Purigen absorbs things. It's also expensive. I wouldn't care to risk spoiling it.

You want the Clorox regular bleach. It's only a couple of dollars, so it's one of the least expensve products you'll use for aquarium. Besides, you can also use it in your laundry.
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It doesn't say it contains anything, just that it's not harsh on fabrics. It's also hypoallergenic, which I would assume means there's no added chemicals really.

I'm trying it out right now, and my purigen already looks brand new lol. I'll give it a really really good rinse and dechlorinate it, and I'm sure it will work. Found some accounts of people using this stuff.

If not I have a ton of purigen left lol


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The "fiberguard" additive appears to be sodium polyacrylate.

In dry form, it's a substance that can absorb 200-300x its weight in water. Absorbs calcium and magnesium, so it acts as a water softener; which is probably related to its function in bleach.

It's used in diapers and such. Under the name "water crystals", it's used in (or as) plant soil to help retain water. The terrestrial plants falsely sold as aquatic plants in tubes at pet stores are packed in it.

Non-toxic as far as I know, but you wouldn't want to eat it in dry form for obvious reasons.

If I remember correctly, it's also the ingredient in a novelty bath product that turns the bathwater into a chunky gelatinous goo. Addition of table salt breaks it down when you're ready to drain the tub.

So it's unlikely to harm your plants/fish; and if for some reason it clogs the Purigen, a saltwater wash should clear it up.
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