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I am using something called Algae Destroyer Advanced that I found somewhere in my house. I think it is corrosive and the active ingredients is:

Poly[Oxyethylene (Dimethyliminio), Ethylene (Dimethylminio) Ethylene Dichloride]

Before I add in a few drops, I just wanted to know what some of your opinions are. Thanks!

I also have a 1960 dime in my reservoir. Apparently it is made out of 90% silver and 10% copper. Is that okay?
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I believe you need very very high % pure silver to stop the silver picking up metal ions from the water and corroding, I'm not actually 100% sure sterling silver works as an antimicrobial agent, I would feel safer with a killcoil, they're not that expensive after all.

As for the algae destroyer, again hard to say, about nothing will be designed to work with it, so while you'll probably not get issues, there's always the chance it could attack something. I'd look to see if there are any guidelines on it saying something like "do not use this with nickel plating" if you get my drift
    
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Thank you for that input. Anybody else?
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According to This page

It is for use in ponds with aerators and pumps so I would think that its not going to be very harmful to nickel or nickel plating. Those pond pumps and such are fairly expensive so I doubt its very corrosive.
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Edit: lol got tabs mixed up with organic howework... you have polixetonium chloride not 1,2- dichloroethane

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According to This page

It is for use in ponds with aerators and pumps so I would think that its not going to be very harmful to nickel or nickel plating. Those pond pumps and such are fairly expensive so I doubt its very corrosive.
The pond pumps are most likely all plastic. Nickel and copper blocks along with brass radiators are what would corrode.
Edited by LiquidForce - 6/20/11 at 5:37pm
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It is for use in ponds with aerators and pumps so I would think that its not going to be very harmful to nickel or nickel plating. Those pond pumps and such are fairly expensive so I doubt its very corrosive.
Hmm, can you or anyone else identify the compound?
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holy ****, you sure you want to use this in your PC?

"Emergency Overview: CAUTION: Harmful if swallowed. Avoid breathing vapors. Avoid contact with skin, eyes or clothing."

http://www.alken-murray.com/340msd.htm

Sounds like a pretty nasty polymer. I can't seem to find any material compatibility data for it though.
    
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I have already built WC system. Is it okay to go a couple days without any biocide?

Btw: Phn is out of stock. Any other alternatives that are cheaper than a kill coil?
Edited by youra6 - 6/20/11 at 5:52pm
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Quote:
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I have already built WC system. Is it okay to go a couple days without any biocide?

Btw: Phn is out of stock. Any other alternatives that are cheaper than a kill coil?
Yea, I've run loops for months without biocide, it generally takes a while to get a decent buildup of gunk anyway.

Fastest I had an infection was about 3 weeks before I actually noticed it.
    
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I would just use the algae killer. If that chemical is safe in commercial and industrial water cooling towers, should be ok for your loop. As for toxicity, your only using few drops in loop, not snorting or drinking it. Copper sulphate, bk, are poisons as well.
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