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I attached a picture for fun. I just wanted to note this is my first loop, so everything is new to me. Hence the stupid questions.

I just got all the tubes hooked up and I have filled up the system with the water. My tubes are 100% opaque and I can not see in the tubes. I assume the water is flowing through, and I can see the water in the res. I am paranoid that the water possibly is not flowing, or barely flowing. I have no reason for thinking this other than the fact that I can't measure or monitor the water flow. So my question is, how do you monitor water flow? What is the most common way to 'check' to see if the liquid is moving through the system?

I'm getting ready to turn it on in a bit and try it out.
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just look for turbulance in the res.. should be able to see the water moving..
Also, look at your temps. If they're nice and cool, your water is flowing

Looks like a sweet build by the way. Post some pics minus the paper towels after leaktesting please.
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If your res isnt completely full, you will see the water turbulence in the res.
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that aquatuning site in USD?
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that aquatuning site in USD?
Aquatuning is one of biggest shops for water cooling in europe, they have about dozen depots in different countries, including US and Canada and accept several currencies including USD,EUR and GBP.

I can really recommend them, professional and helpfull if you have question and fast order process and shipping. I usually get my stuff within 1-3 days from placing order perfectly packed.
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I'm looking at the res and I don't see any turbulence. The res is almost completely full, and it is a pretty big res. I see a bubble or to come floating up every once in a while. I guess I will have to just turn it on and look at the temps
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I'm looking at the res and I don't see any turbulence. The res is almost completely full, and it is a pretty big res. I see a bubble or to come floating up every once in a while. I guess I will have to just turn it on and look at the temps
If it's dumping bubbles, and temps are normal, then it's definitely working. In a tall res you won't really see surface disruption....

The Koolance flow meter is pretty cool looking, but honestly, I would just hook up your pump to a CPU header (if it supports RPM readings like that) to monitor it, or check it for vibration, or you can also squeeze (squish) the tube immediately on the output of the pump to feel turbulence in the water.

I've got a res/top on my pump, so I get to see minor surface disruption when mine is going.
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Has anyone used this flow meter?
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Do you have a nylon thread or string or fishing line? Mount it securely in the RES and see if it wiggles.
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