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The shaft of the impeller is the only other part that would touch the water, and that is usually a form of steel or stainless. That quantity is small enough to not pose any danger in our loops.

Nickel and copper can exist in the same loop, as long as they aren't in contact with each other. Their corrosion rate with each other is close enough, that as long as there is distance (even millimeters worth) the corrosion won't happen for longer than we'd even own the blocks. In the case of nickel plated items, if copper is showing through the plating on a portion of the block, corrosion is likely to occur on that block itself.


Is there an advantage to using a good quality nickel plated block compared to a bare copper block? I would think the bare copper would corrode faster , but maybe I'm mistaken. Obviously , I know a bad plated block would cause harm from extra corrosion and just having the flakes themselves floating inside your loop could cause havoc.

BTW.....sorry , I didn't mean to hijack the thread , but it seems like a perfect thread to ask , since what is happening to the OP.
    
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Is there an advantage to using a good quality nickel plated block compared to a bare copper block? I would think the bare copper would corrode faster , but maybe I'm mistaken. Obviously , I know a bad plated block would cause harm from extra corrosion and just having the flakes themselves floating inside your loop could cause havoc.

BTW.....sorry , I didn't mean to hijack the thread , but it seems like a perfect thread to ask , since what is happening to the OP.
np, as far as i know the nickel is for cosmetic purposes.

the inside of my pump is all stainless except the impeller, which is plastic
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Really? So if the Nickel is just cosmetic , and it's on the inside of the block , why do they even bother doing it? Seems like it has caused a bunch of headaches with people when the nickel starts to flake? I'm wondering if I should just get bare copper blocks when it's my time to order some up? Kind of liking the reviews and so forth on those AC blocks. Or just the standard full copper EK blocks as well.
    
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Nickel does hold up to oxidation better, but will still tarnish. Copper can eventually turn black or dark brown/bluegreen, which can be cleaned. Nickel will just lose its luster and become dull, but again can be polished.

Generally speaking, people get nickel plated blocks for their look, not their cooling properties or corrosion/oxidation resistance.
 
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Really? So if the Nickel is just cosmetic , and it's on the inside of the block , why do they even bother doing it? Seems like it has caused a bunch of headaches with people when the nickel starts to flake? I'm wondering if I should just get bare copper blocks when it's my time to order some up? Kind of liking the reviews and so forth on those AC blocks. Or just the standard full copper EK blocks as well.
when you have a dyed liquid running through them, the nickel in the background looks freakin sweet, you dont get quite the same effect with copper.
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when you have a dyed liquid running through them, the nickel in the background looks freakin sweet, you dont get quite the same effect with copper.

That is true for sure! I think I may just end up running strait distilled water though. Seems like that Dye can cause some issues after a while to no? Of course , if I had to flush out my system every couple months for cleaning , that wouldn't be a big deal I guess. It may be worth it for the "wow factor".

And hey.....keep us updated on what EK does for you. I'm curious to see if they just re-place your blocks or try and fix the ones you sent back.
    
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That is true for sure! I think I may just end up running strait distilled water though. Seems like that Dye can cause some issues after a while to no? Of course , if I had to flush out my system every couple months for cleaning , that wouldn't be a big deal I guess. It may be worth it for the "wow factor".

And hey.....keep us updated on what EK does for you. I'm curious to see if they just re-place your blocks or try and fix the ones you sent back.
they will most likely send a new one. they ask you in the rma form if you want a nickel or copper sent back, i requested copper.
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Rust and plastic flaking off pump
What kind of poison do you keep in there
i heard back from koolance after sending them pics, they said the pump was fine, the discoloration on the impeller is there for testing purposes. The tiny spec of rust is fine also (unless it gets worse).

I felt like i was starting to get paranoid that something was wrong with everything in my rig so i tested and checked over everything individualy and turns out 2/3 of my gelid fans on my RS360 dont run at 100%. One of them runs at about 1500rpm (normal) one tops out at 1000ish and the other at 900ish.

Luckily i bought everything from the same place so the block and the fans can go back in the same box tomorrow, urgh what a day
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Well , on the bright side , you get all new stuff! And you are finding weak links in the equipment that may of caused even worse problems down the road.
    
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Hope everything works out for ya bud, goodluck!
 
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