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I just finished draining a koolance system and decided to have a look in the reservoir as I know it has had tap water, dyed water and I dont know what put in it. What I drained out looks like purple slime, a little thicker than water, very cloudy. Reminds me of the river of slime in Ghostbusters 2.

So i put a little cooled pre boiled water in the reservoir and shook it around and there is loads of crap floating in it like dead sea monkeys. Im guessing this is organic matter. Mushrooms and the like. I am not reusing any of this tubing but the pump and reservoir are one unit I think a 1025 or 1024 so obviously I want to use it. How can I clean this crap out. I dont want to use anything that will damage the pump, degrade any components etc.
post #2 of 11
Pump distilled water with biocide in it? You may end up with some residual stuff in there, so you'll likely have to flush it a couple times...
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Thanks. Biocide? Like weed killer?
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Get Algae drops from a pet store or aquarium section of Walmart/Kmart. You can use a slight bleach solution, but I wouldn't use it for longer than 5 minutes. If you have any plexi parts, don't use any alcohol. It will crack the plastic.

Never use tap water again. Only distilled or RO/DI water is to be used. Tap water has nitrates and phosphorus which algae loves.
     
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Put the loop together out side your computer and run it with killcoil or pt nuke. Rinse and repeat until its good and clean. You are going to need to do this many times because of the build up in all your parts.

If you are going to use the same block or blocks then I would suggest that you take them apart and clean them. There are many different ways to clean your rads and blocks. I would poke around to see who has had the best luck with the parts that you have.
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post #9 of 11
Also interested in sea monkey loop pics
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The boiled water in radiator thing isn't to boil and cool it, there's no benefit to boiled water (except maybe that it's higher in CO2 and low in O2, but algae consumes CO2, so that's not helpful). It helps to keep it hot, so that it can break up stuff easier. Do a 10:1 water to vinegar mix and run it through the radiator as well. It works to get manufacturing process gunk out but will also work well for organic materials, just be sure to rinse it out thoroughly afterward.
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