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Old 04-28-2006, 10:48 AM   #21
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I would still use the ro/di since it should help filter even if it’s not up to par. Alternately if you have a hob filter you could hang that on the back of your bucket of mixing SW and run with fresh carbon or Purigen for a couple of days.
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Old 04-28-2006, 11:07 AM   #22
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how about polyfilters, will they work just as well as the purigen? im going to order from drfostersmith.com soon and i already had it in my cart, lol, but i can change it to the purigen if needed....
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Sure as long as you are talking about the Poly-Bio-Marine Poly Filter. Pura pads work also.
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yes, thats what i was talkin about... but i looked into the purigen and i think im gonna go with those and see how they do.... im definately getting the prime. thanks for the help.

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went to store and got prime and purigen.... for the purigen, it says it lasts 6 months on the packaging, is this accurate?? also after adding the prime, will the ammonia still show up on the test??
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Old 04-28-2006, 07:52 PM   #25
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the least time i did was 1 hour as it was a pure emergency. but i had a pump running and a FLOTEC sump pump that i regularly use..
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Old 04-28-2006, 10:21 PM   #26
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The poly-filters and pura pads both work great. I like the fact that the poly-filters change color so you know when they are spent.
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Old 04-29-2006, 10:37 AM   #27
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i like the poly filters, ive used them before, but lfs doesnt carry them so i have to order online.... i got the purigen for now though, see how it works. on the bottle of prime, it says it just changes it to a safe non toxic form, so after adding prime, will the water still test for ammonia? is it safe to use?
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after using the prime, the water is still testing for ammonia, is it ok to use??
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Old 05-02-2006, 03:46 PM   #29
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Even using Prime you will still detect nh3 with your test kit with the sample water since it can’t distinguish between nh3 and the “safe version” ionized Ammonia NH4+ which is non-toxic. Unless you have a nh3 only test like Seachem Multitest Ammonia you won’t be able to read the NH3 level properly.

I assume your tank reads 0 nh3 though since the bacteria will convert it within hours.
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the tank is showing between .50-1 (nitrite at 5)... which is down from 1-2, so i there has been improvment. i also got the purigen. i only added the recommended amount. i will add more to get it to safe amounts. i will look into getting the seachem multi test system.... the "new" sw is testing is now at 8 (double ouch), so i guess the first thing is get the new test kit, and dump that water, lol..... i used more than the recommended amount for that... how is that possible??? am i going through a mini cycle after upgrading?? i dont know what is going on..........
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