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Bag Of Purigen ... throw away?

hey guys ..
so i gave the purigen stuff a try and was indeed impressed. (i made the investment more than anything for the clearing up / polishing the water as i had a piece of driftwood in there that was coloring up the water quite a bit.)
i recently pulled the purigen out and cleaned it. did the whole soaking it in bleach and rinsing thats recommended BUT what i have NOT done is the soaking for 8 hours in "Prime" ...
because i honestly dont own the stuff. is it really important OR can i just re-use it anyway? or should i just chuck it?

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this was a couple of days ago. at this point the bag has been sitting in a little bucket with no water and am 100% sure that it has dried out by now.

just wondering if i should bother with it or simply get another if i want to continue using it.
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Pretty sure you need the dechlorinator to remove the bleach
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How do you do water changes without a dechlorinator ???

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hi guys ...
the dechlorinator i use is stress coat ...
are you saying that i can use that in place of / instead of the "prime" thats mentioned?
also, does it matter at the moment that i let it dry out?
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hi guys ...
the dechlorinator i use is stress coat ...
are you saying that i can use that in place of / instead of the "prime" thats mentioned?
also, does it matter at the moment that i let it dry out?
Yes you can. Stress coat simply isn't as effective for ammonia, but will remove chlorine molecules.


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hi guys ...
the dechlorinator i use is stress coat ...
are you saying that i can use that in place of / instead of the "prime" thats mentioned?
also, does it matter at the moment that i let it dry out?
No you can't. Purigen can't dry out completely. That's why it's packaged with some moisture. If it dries out the granules will break up and turn to an even finer particulate.

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Typically its not of issue if it dries out. The beads do shrink and can fall through a fine mesh bag. Re-wet the resin and it will expand and will hold well again in the bag. As long as the dry resin has not been exposed to potentially hazardous compounds while being dry it should be okay to use again in the aquarium. If there is doubt don't use it. As far as cracked or broken beads, this does occur on a minimal level but most of these would rinse away upon re-weting. So, really not a catastrophy when it dries but it is best to store moist and away from anything you would not want to put in your tank.
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just go to the store and but prime.... its like $5 for a 100ml bottle. i wouldn't put it back in till it has gone threw prime.
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really appreciate the feedback guys.
im almost due for a new bottle of stress coat so maybe ill give the prime a try. its just that i like the fact that its got in the aloe in there for the slime coat. but no harm in giving it a shot.
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Better yet just loose the Purigen it is not a necessary part of your filter.
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Better yet just loose the Purigen it is not a necessary part of your filter.
it's not necessary, but I'm pretty sure most would agree that Purigen is an awesome addition to any filter

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Great for removing tannins
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I think I heard somewhere that your not supposed to use certain stress coat products with purigen because it can plug the pores or something
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Typically its not of issue if it dries out. The beads do shrink and can fall through a fine mesh bag. Re-wet the resin and it will expand and will hold well again in the bag. As long as the dry resin has not been exposed to potentially hazardous compounds while being dry it should be okay to use again in the aquarium. If there is doubt don't use it. As far as cracked or broken beads, this does occur on a minimal level but most of these would rinse away upon re-weting. So, really not a catastrophy when it dries but it is best to store moist and away from anything you would not want to put in your tank.
I can't believe this! I have thrown away 3 bags of Purigen and given up on the product because I thought the bags were leaking. Apparently it just dried out.

You'd think they'd include a warning about this in the packaging.
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I also have heard not to use the dechlor with slime coat enhancing materials. I use Prime, or Chloramine Buster. All I buy it for is chloramines. My fish are healthy and produce all the slime coat they need. No need to gunk up stuff (fish gills, or Purigen, or anything else) with added 'goo'.
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