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I am working on my first watercooling loop, and plan on ordering everything soon. I have really wanted to go with the EK-Koolant Blood Red, or a milky white coolant, but have heard nothing positive about coolants, and that distilled water is the only way to go.

This makes me wonder, why do all of these companies create coolant if it only causes issues in the system? Are these issues few and far between and it is better just to not take the risk?
    
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I think the issue is that the dyes can react with some components in the loop, however if you are adding an additives to protect against corrosion and algae and bacteria etc should be no real issue.

Im currently using Distilled water and a silver kill coil but when I next clean my loop will probably look at something like EKs premix.

Generally speaking I think you should clean out your loop once every 12-18months anyway.
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just get color tubes.
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Most of the time, those with bad experience will shout louder then those who have a good one. biggrin.gif

A dye is a dye, it will discolour your tubing if left long enough. (except the clear ones).

If there is a colour tubing you like, run that with distilled water and silver. If not, most, if not all coloured coolants these days are good.


I personally have used Mayhems, which has proven easy and fantastic.
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Most of the so called issues w/ coolants are actually w/ plasticizer in the tubing. People are just misinformed. I've been using dyes for ages w/ no real permanent negative affects.
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Most of the so called issues w/ coolants are actually w/ plasticizer in the tubing. People are just misinformed. I've been using dyes for ages w/ no real permanent negative affects.

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I am working on my first watercooling loop, and plan on ordering everything soon. I have really wanted to go with the EK-Koolant Blood Red, or a milky white coolant, but have heard nothing positive about coolants, and that distilled water is the only way to go.

This makes me wonder, why do all of these companies create coolant if it only causes issues in the system? Are these issues few and far between and it is better just to not take the risk?


So, most companies tried to make "Nano fluids" to increase the thermal conductivity of liquids for better cooling performance, and this was met with problem after problem for little to no cooling performance increase. After a while companies just started realizing it doesn't work, and started selling "Premixed fluids" which is usually distilled water and some biocides, and occasionally corrosion inhibitors.

Usually the coolants you buy don't conduct heat as well as distilled water, so it begs the question: Why use them? They cost MORE for LESS cooling. Then there's the matter of if you want a colored coolant, in which case stick with Mayhems Dyes. They are REALLY nice, and rarely ever have problems.
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I'm going to disagree with almost everyone who posted on thread. There are two issues with dyes:

1. They stain,
2. Mixed with specific biocides, they gunk.

There are several issues with anticorrisives. A few are as follows:

1. They are toxic,
2. They eventually turn to slime.


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I'm going to disagree with almost everyone who posted on thread. There are two issues with dyes:

1. They stain,
2. Mixed with specific biocides, they gunk.

There are several issues with anticorrisives. A few are as follows:

1. They are toxic,
2. They eventually turn to slime.


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That depends on your liquid. I've been using Mayhems Dye and Biocide Extreme for a while now, and have no problems at all so far, and it's going on 8 months.

See, what YOU'RE talking about is /poor quality/ coolants.
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I'm going to disagree with almost everyone who posted on thread. There are two issues with dyes:

1. They stain,
2. Mixed with specific biocides, they gunk.

There are several issues with anticorrisives. A few are as follows:

1. They are toxic,
2. They eventually turn to slime.


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That depends on your liquid. I've been using Mayhems Dye and Biocide Extreme for a while now, and have no problems at all so far, and it's going on 8 months.

See, what YOU'RE talking about is /poor quality/ coolants.

I'm going to call you out on this one. You post the almost exactly the samething on every thread. Your precious Biocide Extreme is a copy off what PT put on the market years ago, and the issues with associated with it are well documented.

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