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Hi guys,
Just got the internet back and have been waiting to get on here and ask for some advice.

My Pc has not been used for about 2 months just due to work, no time etc.
Then after deciding to clean out the dust from it I noticed the res had some kind of staining in the top where there is no coolant.
Thought it was some kind of burn at 1st as I was sure I couldn't have anything growing as I have a kill coil
and the coolant I am using is supposed to prevent this type of thing.

Coolant: EK-Ekoolant UV BLUE
http://www.ekwb.com/shop/accessories/water-additives-coolants/ek-ekoolant-uv-blue-premix-1000ml.html

Tubing: http://www.ekwb.com/shop/accessories/tubing.html?limit=all

All the blocks are EK nickel and don't show signs of damage .

Just thought it is weird that (if it is growth) that its only on that part of the res

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Attached pics of the loop with blocks as well.
Bit worried about powering on the pc in case i push what ever this is through the loop.
So im assuming i need to have a loop flush and clean? never done one before so its def needed but any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Tanks for any comments and help
    
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mmm.algae.
it appears the res portion that was not in constant contact w/fluid has a coating of slime.
plastic,even smooth acrylic has tiny imperfections that can trap & hold micro amounts of "stuff".
humidity inside res(air part) feeds stuff-
I suggest drain,remove res-cleaning may be simple(simple green)
I'd also suggest letting res sit in solution of vinegar/simple green for a little while.
Once rinsed very well,don't touch the inside w/fingers.
Re-fill,this time leave no air?
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Whoa! Take apart and flush that crap. You're looking at a complete dis-assembly!

Here is how I clean. For all the copper, I use my Sonic toothbrush with an extra head that I don't use. Clean with lemon juice and baking soda. For the tough stuff, I use salt in place of the soda. Make sure to rinse with distilled water.

Radiator... Boiling hot distilled water and vinegar. Let it sit until its cool enough to handle. Rise and repeat until nothing comes out.

For the pipes... cloths hanger with a piece of a sponge! biggrin.gif

everything else, if you can get your fingers in there, I like to use water, soft sponge and a few drops of grapefruit seed oil to disinfects. Grapefruit seed oil is a more powerful at disinfecting that bleach. Actually, there is nothing better than it. Just make sure everything is rinsed thoroughly with distilled water and that there is NOTHING left on the parts.
    
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As per others, I suspect that is culture of the unwanted variety. Clean and flush and clean and flush.
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post #5 of 7
wow, kill coil and additive (included in the coolant) allowed this to develop, mmm
you got some funky DI water. full-filling will stop a lot of this, but in 2mo this
happened leads me to believe you got some contamination somewhere in the loop
to allow the growth to start.
is that tap water or de-ionized water?

start looking to install a drain port as well on assembly..

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I think you have a greenhouse effect going on here. The liquid and silver are not touching here, and liquid had probably touched there sometime. In storage/downtime, it probably started to grow. The silver would not have stopped it because there's no contact. The liquid would not have stopped it because there's no contact. I think there may be enough moisture depending on downtime conditions to start biological growth. It does seem a little much for 2 months of downtime though.

Wipe it off with your finger, you'll be able to tell if it's sludgy and easily removed, it's likely growth. If it's a little more difficult to remove, you could consider other options such as burns, etc.
Edited by lol12ek - 8/7/12 at 1:27pm
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wash every part of the loop and flush the tubing with a quick vinigar rinse... then when you re assemble add some bio side or a kill coil and anti corrosion additives (you should note that certain bioside could dissociate your dye)
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