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Poll Results: What is the best anti-growth solution?

 
  • 23% (11)
    PT Nuke
  • 45% (21)
    Silver coil
  • 19% (9)
    PT Nuke + silver coil
  • 10% (5)
    Other
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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
With my new loop I bought a silver kill coil but now I'm reconsidering, after reading some horror story threads about growth in loops.
post #2 of 22
Automotive coolant for me. Used it for years. Plenty of pretty colours to pick from. Never had an issue. Just make sure it's the type without antifreeze.
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post #3 of 22
The drawback to silver is it takes weeks to develop an inhibitory concentration, which means you are at some risk during that time, and once you get algae...its a whole other ball game. Though most using kill coils dont have problems if starting out with distilled water and clean system. Someone on oc.com had algae from running with nothing, then cleaned and added a silver coil, to me that was doomed to fail and did, as it is difficult to get rid of all the algae, especially in rad, etc.

If all brass and copper, I would just use PTnuke. If other metals, and you want to be extra safe, you can always use PTphn (benzalkonium chloride).

@Droopz, I guess in Australia they have automotive coolant without antifreeze, I havent been able to find any in the states even on the web...what kind do you use? I guess it just distilled water + corrosion inhibitors/preservative?
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post #4 of 22
I just use a coil. Drop it in and drain/refill as needed. No need to remeasure and drop in chemicals.
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post #5 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Droopz View Post
Automotive coolant for me. Used it for years. Plenty of pretty colours to pick from. Never had an issue. Just make sure it's the type without antifreeze.
+1.

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post #6 of 22
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Everyone always says coolant = bad

post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by kiwiasian View Post
Everyone always says coolant = bad

And people who have been watercooling for the past decade know that to be utter crap

If you want to keep your loop clear of gunk and want minimal maintenance, a coolant/distilled water mix is the answer.
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post #8 of 22
just use distilled water together with a kill coil and then forget about algae. If you need some blings using a colored coolant, just use a colored tubings instead.
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post #9 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by kiwiasian View Post
Everyone always says coolant = bad

Almost everyone ran 5-30% coolant back when mixed metals were common, I have used zerex and pentosin at 5-15%, never had any problem with either, and they also serve as a biocide, and also my blocks had less oxide residue. The vast majority had no issues at all. And the temp difference of 15% coolant vs 100% water is less than a degree on loaded cpu, I measured difference on mine at 0.5C, using calibrated dallas probes.

But rarely people had sludging. There are class action lawsuits against some antifreezes causing sludging in cars, yet obviously vast the majority dont have any issues. And our injector plates was thought to make sludging more likely, in the few that got it.

If only copper/brass in your loop, corrosion/erosion is so slow, it would never affect usable life to add inhibitors.

After all this recent corrosion and poor nickel plating, I have just resigned to keeping my loop all copper/brass on inside at least, except nickel plated fittings which never seen an issue with.

That being said, it is just the rare chance of getting sludge from antifreeze, vs rare (prior to EK plating) chance of running into something not quite done right and getting corrosion within life or your product.

That being said, if someone would come up with an additive in minute quantities, without glycol, that served as biocide/inhibitor without silicates, and proven to not break down with an impingement/jet plate I would use it.
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post #10 of 22
But what about coolant gunking up blocks??

This is the first time I've heard coolant recommended
    
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