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Will I regret getting opaque tubing?

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Aesthetically I prefer it, but I'm afraid of not being able to see what is going on in there.

Discuss?
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Nope, unless your Res is also opaque...
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Res is transparent.
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The only reason to get translucent tubing is to see colored dyed coolant flowing through, and since most people strongly recommend against using dyes in your loop, they'll recommend opaque tubing. You usually can see if there are problems by your res, as mentioned, and yours is transparent, so you'll be fine.

If nothing else, translucent tubing should help to prevent algae growth
post #5 of 9
I would say black tubing was a bit of a pain.

You inevitably end up with air pockets you can't see and it can be hard to tell if the pump is primed.

You just have to take a bit more care in the setup, but if you want the look, it's worth it.
    
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Nah. There's really nothing to see; you'll just miss out on the fun of watching bubbles zip around during the bleeding process.
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Well, You can't see anything in my clear tubing either. It's impossible to tell whether there is flow or not, I have to look closely in the res for some form of movement.
   
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I honestly would have been lost on my first time setting up my loop without being able to see where bubbles formed.
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Originally Posted by Annex View Post
I honestly would have been lost on my first time setting up my loop without being able to see where bubbles formed.
As long as the water is moving in the system, the bubbles shouldn't rest anywhere....

During the fill and bleed process, you just fill the reservoir, run the pump (pump should be under the reservoir so it shouldn't have to do any work to prime itself, it should be primed by gravity), when the pump drains, fill again, etc until the reservoir doesn't go down when you turn the pump back on.

From there, you do your leak test (you should definitely be looking for leaks while filling!) for 24 hours or whatever, refill when needed, and you should be done for a long time.
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