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post #1 of 16
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hey guys, so i have had my loop setup for 2 whole weeks now and i already have algae! I'm using distilled water and a kill coil so what gives?

I had to take my loop apart as my XSPC 750 pump starting getting the annoying rattling noise and upon disassembling i noticed my tubes already looked dirty. after swabbing the inside with a Q-Tip it came out green. i have a kill coil in my res but obviously that didn't do anything. I'm thinking when I reassemble that i'm going to put the coil directly into the intake tube for the res that way its in closer contact with all the water... besides that i am stumped as to how distilled water + kill coil = algae in only 2 weeks...


in this picture you can see the old tube still attached to the barb, a CLEAN unused tube for "dirty" reference and the q-tip that is now green with proof of my kill coil.... what gives
post #2 of 16
You flushed everything before building the loop yes? Was everything new? Used?
 
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yea did my test run all was well and then flushed and used new water once installed, everything was new from frozenCPU. it was a raystorm RS240 XSPC kit
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That definitely doesn't make sense then, there shouldn't be any growth in that amount of time with a clean loop, distilled water, and a kill coil.
 
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exactly.... i don't have a hex key small enough to check the block but it LOOKS okay from what i can see from the outlet port...

this is the distilled i'm using, local stuff but distilled is distilled
post #6 of 16
I have seen algae growing rapidly when the system is exposed to bright/direct sunlight. If that is the case then maybe algae grew faster than killcoil managed to kill them all.
    
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no lights on the inside of my case, there IS a windows on the side but it faces a wall 4 feet away, i don't see much light getting in there :/
post #8 of 16
It makes lots of sense you will get algae with kill coils its an anti bacterial not algae killer. If you only going to run kill coils do not add UV light to your system and keep it out of direct sunlight.
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Why not just buy algaecide for $3 from walmart? Just takes a couple drops, and it's safe enough for fish to live in, so yeah.
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http://images.library.wisc.edu/EcoNatRes/EFacs/Argentum/Argentumv04/reference/econatres.argentumv04.schmittschmitteffects.pdf
 
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