Originally Posted by HPF
No problem, even if it's somewhat anecdotal evidence I believe what you say. However, I was referring to distilled water and I doubt they used that. Nor do I know what material the watercontainers were made of.
Makes me realize you did not even read EK's released report, even they said the level of silver was at the level of detection and that silver even at low concentrations is highly toxic to bacteria and algae. But honestly that is just common knowledge since Roman times, and backed up by modern science...you can even find susceptibility curves to ppm silver (and copper) to various stains of algae, since ionization is used from hospital purposes to swimming pools. Google it.
Use a good corrosion inhibitor and it will last - and then some. If it's good enough for medical, scientific and industrial equipment it should be good enough for your PC (and yes, it's also effective against algae).
Perhaps you could explain how corrosion inhibitors solve the problem to the 3 people who used them (so far), and still had corrosion, read the other thread. One used feser one alone, which has 4 corrosion inhibitors in appropriate concentrations. Not so surprising given inhibitors work best by leaving a passivation layer on metal preventing soluble ions from interacting with metal...kind of defeats the purpose if direct metal to metal contact is already present via pores in nickel.
As for nickel not corroding with copper when in direct contact with water in our loops unless fluid is conductive...the block has crevices where corrosion is starting, as fluid stagnates there and quickly becomes conductive, so your basic, common knowledge point is irrelevant, unless your changing your fluid weekly to monthly. Kind of like arguing the romans didnt use distilled water, true, true and irrelevant.
There are people with older ek 8800 blocks, which were much better machined and probably plated that survived over a year with pt nuke/silver, etc. Not to mention other manufactures blocks.
Given people using appropriate corrosion inhibitors have still seen corrosion with EK blocks, I would take no comfort at all in using them, but to each his own.
If you read the report and believed it, there are some potential arguments for using inhibitors on EK products, just not any that you have made. But by far the best solution is using better, thicker plated nickel, preferentially with some type of hardening.Edited by opt33 - 6/12/11 at 8:20pm