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Cathodes will indeed promote growth, although I'm not entirely sure which spectrum of light is the worst offender - that is more a botanist's field.

That said, you can have your case lit up like a christmas tree with clear tubes and running water and you still won't get any algae at all if you are careful with assembly and use 2-3 drops of ptnuke or similar treatment.

Personally I run Feser 1 coolant. I replace my tubes every 6 months to a year, and open my blocks up every 2 years or so for a 30 second rinse under distilled water and tooth brushing. They come out clean and shiny as day one. Never had any growth in the system, the cleaning is just to remove plasticiser buildup from the blocks' fins (which is honestly so minor that I could probably go 5 years between cleanings If I wasn't a bit anal about optimal performance) and the tube replacement is entirely cosmetic (they slowly cloud over as they leach plasticizers into the liquid).

I'm not necessarily promoting Feser 1 over water with some biocide, just giving a personal account. In fact it is rather expensive so if you don't have any particular need for it I'd suggest going the treated water route.




As for cleaning out your current stuff, that SHOULD be the responsibility of the company you bought the computer from, since it was their poor assembly and use of untreated coolant that caused it. If they won't help you though, you probably want to start by running a diluted white vinegar solution through the system for a few minutes. Take a toothbrush to the interior of the water blocks and metal fittings. Sadly, acrylic scratches very easily, and that's just a risk you are going to have to take if you really want to get rid of the algae from your reservoir. remove your radiators and fill them up with a vinegar solution, plug up the holes with either stoppers or just your thumbs, and give it a good vigorous shake for a few minutes. Make sure you flush all the vinegar out of everything with pure distilled water a few times before reassembling everything. Lastly, make sure you use some decent biocide with your distilled water when you refill, or use a premixed coolant if you prefer.
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