Seachem Purigen 500ml Resin
Purigen is a premium synthetic adsorbent that is unlike any other filtration product.
It is not a mixture of ion exchangers or adsorbents, but a unique macro-porous synthetic polymer that removes soluble and insoluble impurities from water at a rate and capacity that exceeds all others by over 500%.
Purigen controls ammonia, nitrites and nitrates by removing nitrogenous organic waste that would otherwise release these harmful compounds.
Purigen’s impact on trace elements is minimal. It significantly raises redox. It polishes water to unparalleled clarity.
Purigen darkens progressively as it exhausts, and is easily renewed by treating with bleach. Purigen is designed for both marine and freshwater use.
Why It's Different
Purigen’s possesses enhanced capacity owing to its vast surface area. All other resins on the market are purely spherical extruded beads. These beads remain smooth even under a microscope.
Purigen is both spherical and macroreticular. It has microscopic pores that increase its usable surface area to many times that of a purely spherical resin.
Purigen can also be regenerated. As it adsorbs waste products, Purigen will change colour from a pale blonde to a dark brown, almost black.
Once it is exhausted, it can be regenerated with a solution of bleach and water. The bleach will literally “burn off” the organics that have been removed from the tank.
Watch out for products that claim to be regenerable with a brine solution. That is the regeneration procedure for ion-exchange purposes.
A brine solution will not remove organics. While such resins have a limited capacity for organic adsorption, a brine regeneration process only replaces removed ionic compounds.
It does not destroy large organic molecules that were removed, which is the primary function of organic adsorption resins.
Rinse before use. Use in a fine mesh filter bag.
Soak in a 1:1 bleach:water solution for 24 hours in a non-metallic container in a well ventilated area and away from children.
Use regular 8.25% hypochlorite household bleach (non-scented, no dyes, do not use a splash-less bleach).
Rinse well, then soak for 8 hours with a solution containing 4 tablespoons of Prime or 16 grams of Safe per cup of water.
Rinse well. For freshwater use, soak for 4 hours with a solution containing 2 tablespoon of buffer per cup of water (Discus Buffer, Neutral Regulator).
Original colour and full activity should now be restored and Purigen is ready for reuse.
Some slime coat products may permanently foul Purigen and render regeneration difficult.
Do not reuse if odor of bleach/chlorine is detectable. In case of doubt, soak beads in small quantity of water and test for residual chlorine with a chlorine test kit.