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Safe vs. Prime- Purigen, etc.

So I have been reading up a lot on safe and prime (currently using prime for a year, API stuff before that).

I really like prime, but find myself going through more and more of it as I use bleach to clean things, such as pipes, diffusers, and purigen.

Can anyone tell me their experience with safe? Can I use it as a prime replacement for these cleanings with how concentrated it is? Should I use prime on cleanings and safe for the tanks? Other thoughts?

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Basically safe is the powder version of prime,I have been using for two years with no issues.I just mix it with a little tank water and add it at water changes or anything you use prime for...
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Safe is the same as prime just more concentrated in powder form

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I agree with both of the above but might also throw in that it may not be needed to switch. Since the chlorine in bleach is so easy to deal with, I would not go for making life more complex than needed. Simply letting things dry totally will clear the chlorine from most anything we soak. Prime and the other dechlor products only became necessary when we started finding water treated with chloramine rather than simply chlorine. The chloramine has the advantage of being much more persistent than chlorine and works far better for treating the water as less of it can be used but it does make it harder for us to deal with it in the tank.
When dealing with wood, rocks, and decor that I've soaked, I simply let it all dry, but for Purigen, I'm not sure about how it is treated so do some checking on that point. The nice thing about chlorine is that it IS a gas by nature and will return to that state when given a chance.
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