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I built a WC loop with new parts and I've discoloration after 4 weeks.
  • Tygon Tubing
  • Distilled Water
  • Silver Kill-Coil in Res
  • 1 Drop of DeadWater (only 1 liter of water in loop)
  • Only 4 Weeks Old

Sorry my photography skills are pretty bad. But, you can see the lines on the paper clearly under the new tubing, but it's mostly hidden on the used tubing.

The used tubing is mostly milky white, but it has a slight green tint to it.

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do you have internal lighting in your case?
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do you have internal lighting in your case?


Not really. I've one led in my res, but that's it.
    
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well i know that tygon tubing tends to cloud up when drained and then when it dries it returns to the normal look. as for the green in the tube it just sounds like you are getting bacteria in the loop. try running hot water through the loop to clean and then drain it?

dont know what else to say if you have a killcoil in there already. but the problem could be the tubing
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post #5 of 24
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could it be plasticizers? I've been searching and apparently the tygon 3603s are known to have a ton of them. Which can discolor over a number of months into what I'm seeing.

Does the primoflex have the same issues?
    
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it very well could be. i use the Red Antimicrobial Primochill tubing. Have not seen any discoloring or anything. also just one killcoil. You can just tr experimenting with newer tubing. research and good reviews are the way to go smile.gif
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Did you flush out your radiator real well? It looks like flux, which can be sorta whitish.
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post #8 of 24
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I ordered primoflex and I'll see how that goes.

Do you mean solder flux?

And sadly I did not flush out the rad. I forgot to do that when I installed the loop and I never got around to it afterwards.

Will a good rise with very hot water be enough?
    
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Yeah, that's probably what it is if you didn't flush your rad real well. I think hot water will take care of it, but I'm not entirely sure. Make sure to run some hot water through the radiator as well.
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My Tygon clear tubing did exactly the same. As I understand it there are many grades of Tygon clear, the medical grade will discolour but the food grade will not. Or something like that.

Anyway the upshot is, in my view, don't buy Tygon clear. Primochill clear seems to have a good reputation and does not discolour. I have a some sitting around waiting for me to drain my loop and I'll then replace all the green Tygon.

Take a look - and before people start saying it's something in the water or whatever, take a look in the res - crystal clear. The tubing seems to discolour over time with exposure to normal light.

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Oh and mine also took around 4 weeks to go from clear to the above.
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