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Could be mold, but that doesn't usually grow underwater.

[edit] Check out this link. See how easily it wipes off. May be the same situation.
Edited by Angrybutcher - 1/30/12 at 10:38pm
 
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post #32 of 205
New theory:

The distilled water you got wasn't as distilled as it was supposed to be, resulting in chlorine ions running around in your loop, which, added to heat, caused massive corrosion over 6-8 months. Still a work in progress, but we REALLY want to get to the bottom of this. I only wish we could get a sample of that crud...

Another theory, though less likely: The water somehow got incredibly oxygenated and the heat sped up the oxidization process.

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Mr. X: oh
Mr. X: also
Mr. X: for the chlorine theory
Mr. X: if chlorine gas formed in a closed system
Mr. X: pressure would have increased, leading to more heat and more energy
Mr. X: same with the O2 idea as well

Edited by audioxbliss - 1/30/12 at 10:48pm
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Im going to clean the vga blocks later on today. Ill keep you guys posted, and let you know how easy that stuff comes off. Im almost positive it will just wipe off easily. Pretty sure its algea.

If its algea, it will wipe away fairly easy right? And if its oxidation, it wont?
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This is what I ordered to replace the kill coil.
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I'm scared right now, don't know if I should get a kill coil or just PTNuke.
You're the first one I see with this problem though, I'm not sure this is related to that.
If it's algae you should smell them as you open the blocks right?
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Kill coils have been used for years as anti algae additive. This is the first time I have heard of an issue so I'm inclined to think this is not algae. From the pics it looks like oxidization and the color of the gunk in the res also points to this. Like you guessed oxidization should not be easy to remove with just water. Like every one else I'm puzzled how oxidization could have happened so fast.
    
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That there is what you call oxidization I am no expert but that what it looks like. but to coat the res as well in interesting hmm is there a performance hit since you got the mystery gunk. Is it slimy if so could also be black algae but it requires some type of lighting to grow hmm if it is black algae you will need to replace all of the tubing a heavy scrubbing of all items you cant replace due to it adheres to almost any surface and builds up a biofilm. a easy way to see if it is algae if you have some water left over from your loop test the Ph levels high levels of PH = algae most of the time.

Dont use bleach will melt plastic and oxidize your copper.
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The distilled water might have been bad, the coil might have been junk, or you might have touched your copper too much although I'm not sure how much that would actually matter in the long run.
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I need to ask what kind of rads you have and if you know the construction materials used. I ask because aluminum can cause severe galvanic corrosion when coupled with copper. This is honestly the only thing that makes senses to me. I'd like to say its algae as it would be an easier fix for you, but is honestly doesn't look like algae.
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I need to ask what kind of rads you have and if you know the construction materials used. I ask because aluminum can cause severe galvanic corrosion when coupled with copper. This is honestly the only thing that makes senses to me. I'd like to say its algae as it would be an easier fix for you, but is honestly doesn't look like algae.

The main rad is an xspc rx360, the second rad is a swiftech 120mm rad, I believe its one of the mcr ones. All of my parts were brand new at the time the loop was constructed except the 120mm rad. Dont know if that makes a difference or not.

As for the corrosion theory, I guess it is possible. I have never seen copper corrode this bad before though. It seems the vga blocks got the worst of it, as seen in the pics. The cpu block had some black stuff in it too, but not as bad as the vga blocks.

If it is corrosion, what could be the most likely cause? Im 98% positive there is no aluminum in my loop. The water I used was walmart brand distilled. I did rinse thoroughly all parts with distilled water/vinegar, and the rinsed with just near boiling distilled several several times to get all the vinegar out.

The only parts that did not get rinsed before installation were the vga blocks. Dont see how this could be the cause though.

edit: if it turns out to be corrosion, how can I clean the radiators? I can clean the blocks fairly easily, but I am very concerned about the rads and the pump. The pump impellar has some black residue on it as well. I used a wet paper towel to wipe it and it came up fairly easy, but not all the way.

Edit: Also, If I replaced my copper blocks with nickel plated blocks, would that prevent future corrosion? I have been looking for a reason to go nickel smile.gif
Edited by AliceInChains - 1/31/12 at 4:53pm
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