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I did a quick rinse out of my filter today during my water change, and I noticed my Purigen is already a pretty yucky looking brown color. I think it can probably go another week or two, but I know I am going to have to regen it soon here.

I currently, and have always used, Tetra Aquasafe as my water conditioner. It works awesome, and is reasonably priced, which works on a low budget. I read in the instructions and online, that some water conditioners will make it so after the regen the purigen can become toxic and won't work. Has anyone had this happen with Tetra Aquasafe?

The package says to use Prime, but I try not to change to new products, when the one I'm using is tried and true for me, if that makes sense. If I need too, I will, but I'd rather not.
 

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I used to use AquaSafe too, but the fact that it advertizes itself to "enhance slime coats" made me nervous that it may contain -amines in it, which would be problematic when regnerating Purigen.

I switched to Prime, and have not looked back. ;)
 

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Have used tetra product but PRIME is cheaper in the long run .(use less product per 10gal)
One tsp of Aquasafe treat's 10 gal, while it only takes a few drop's of Prime to treat same ten gal (1ml ).= saving's.
Prime also detoxifies ammonia in chloramine, while aquasafe only break's bond between chlorine and ammonia from chloramine, and rely's on bacteria/plant's to adresss the ammonia portion of chloramine.
If product's don't clearly state that they address ammonia,then they don't.IMHO
 

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I don't use prime at all or any conditioner. After bleach soak, I put it outside in the sun for couple of days, enough for the bleach to dissipate. This case I save my prime, I do have couple of purigen, one in service and one for regen. Been doing this for quite sometime and never had a problem.
 

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I don't use prime at all or any conditioner. After bleach soak, I put it outside in the sun for couple of days, enough for the bleach to dissipate. This case I save my prime, I do have couple of purigen, one in service and one for regen. Been doing this for quite sometime and never had a problem.
That's definitely fine as long as your Purigen has never been exposed to anything that could combine with the bleach and create chloramine. Chloramines won't evaporate out like regular chlorine.
 

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Hi Little Soprano,

I strongly prefer Seachem Prime and have used it for years. Not only do I use it to recharge my Purigen but at 2 drops per gallon (1 ml / 10 gal; 1 tsp / 50 gal) it is one of the most economical for removing chlorine and chloramines.
 

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I don't use prime at all or any conditioner. After bleach soak, I put it outside in the sun for couple of days, enough for the bleach to dissipate. This case I save my prime, I do have couple of purigen, one in service and one for regen. Been doing this for quite sometime and never had a problem.
That's definitely fine as long as your Purigen has never been exposed to anything that could combine with the bleach and create chloramine. Chloramines won't evaporate out like regular chlorine.
The packaging says to never let purigen dry out otherwise the resins will split and crack.

I'd use prime to regen purigen... you'd have to use A LOT of aquasafe to neutralize the chlorine and may not even get the chloroamine. I buy seachem safe (powdered form of prime) and it's even cheaper than prime. I mix like 1/32 tsp of it with 12 ml of water and just use 1ml/gallon. You can figure out the dilutions of you do larger volume water changes.
 

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no it wont make it toxic it just might de chlorinate as well. id go ahead and use it, we're all just prime/safe users trying to convince you to switch over to prime LOL. though id seriously consider getting prime/safe. the next time youll need to buy a bottle will be in a couple of years if you buy safe.


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So the Aquasafe will make the Purigen toxic? I've just used it for years is all. And just bought a new bottle too.
No, but it might render the purigen non-regenerable if it contains amines. Most dechlorinators won't advertise if they contain amines or not. I too use prime, much much cheaper and better product ime. Just bought a ten pound container of cloram-x, we'll see how that pans out.
 

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You guys would be good selling agents for Seachem, just saying :hihi:

Yeah maybe I will just end up buying a bottle, I'm always hesitant to try new products is all, but I don't want to have to buy new purigen when the cost of the prime is probably the same cost as a bag of purigen. I'm just stubborn as far as trying new products lol.

Edit: looking on a forum someone said they emailed Tetra and the new Aquasafe with Bio-Extract doesn't contain any Amines, but alas I have the old one lol. The old one does remove both chlorine and chloramines, but by what that member said, only the new version doesn't contain any.
 
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