Seachem Purigen, according to Seachem themselves, states that it has the highest organic removal capacity, helps control ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate, is easily regenerated when treated with household bleach, and polishes water to unparalleled clarity.
The last statement is what piqued my curiosity after verifying those claims on numerous forums and website reviews. I’d keep your money and pass on the fancy marketing, I’ll tell you why.
Prior to adding Seachem Purigen my tank, according to my own observations, led me to believe that the water was indeed crystal clear. Ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates were all under control and nitrates actually decreased every day due to my heavily planted aquarium. As a matter of fact, I have to dose fertilizer almost daily to keep my nitrates at an optimum level for growth.
I’m always in search of finding ways to do things more efficiently, better, faster, etc. Seachem Purigen has great marketing materials and I use a ton of their products. Due diligence, which consisted of many days of internet research, led me to believe that Purigen would take my tank to a whole other level. I grabbed a few bags online and once delivered, threw a bag into my filter. The anticipation and excitement were like no other as I patiently waited for the next level of aquatic awesomeness.
Fast forward a few days later and the ballooning excitement fizzled as I couldn’t detect even the slightest visible change of water clarity. There was no unparalleled clarity, it looked exactly the same!
The aquarium runs a Marineland Emperor 400, modified, as well as an Eheim 2227 wet/dry canister filter, both with pre-intake sponges. The Marineland Emperor 400 utilizes two standard-issue filter cartridges, which do contain activated carbon, however, the media is over 10 years old, and I’m sure by now exhausted.
Those two filters, yes, I know… over filtered, are all it takes to maintain crystal clear water. Water so clear that it looks like your fish are floating in thin air. I’m sure Seachem Purigen has beneficial uses, and I’m going to continue to experiment. That being said, I do feel cheated, I had high hopes for unparalleled clarity.
Kate's 60 Gallon Aquarium - Part 8
Now that the CO2 system is in place I’m keeping an eye on the drop checker. I took a wild guess and initially set the bubbles per second to eight. The CO2 drop checker started turning yellow which indicates that the CO2 levels are too high. This makes sense since the aquarium is still in the process of establishing and equalizing. The plants I recently added are also still adapting so CO2 utilization might be a little low. I reduced the bubbles per second to two and will wait and see.
While down at Aquarium Co-Op getting some supplies for the 60 gallon project I couldn’t help but get a few more fish.
2 Cardinal Tetra
1 Reticulated Siamese Algae Eater
Kate's 60 Gallon Aquarium - Part 7
The AquaClear 70 extension tubes finally arrived. This lowers my intake strainers and pre-filters to the desired height closer to the substrate.
One of the intake tubes were damaged during shipping so Amazon is sending out a replacement free of charge. These plastic extension tubes have pretty thin walls and the envelope they ship them in do not provide much protection.
I'm not really a fan of plastic parts, however, it seems most everything made these days are indeed made of plastic. I wish Hagen used a thicker plastic for some of the parts. Another gripe with the AquaClear is its clear plastic body and lid which I believe will easily scratch over time. I guess it’s a compromise you make for a filter that does really well in the filtration department.
Kate's 60 Gallon Aquarium - Part 6
The Italian Vallisneria is planted. I also installed and plumbed the CO2 equipment. I wonder how long it will take for the tank to clear? I'm also curious if the cloudiness is a bacteria bloom or particulate from the substrate. Below is a photo of the CO2 regulator we used for this project.
I now have two of these and for the price point they are great. Not really sure what a premium regulator offers in addition to this make and model.