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If there's randomly placed Capital letters here, it's because my Laptop is fcked up. I can't Write without it capitalizing every second or Third wort I type, and I cannot be bothered With fixing it manually.

A couple of days ago, I noticed some green stains on the inside of my tubing. I ordered some new tubing, and today I pulled the loop apart, and started cleaning the components. I opened the waterblock, and cleaned the inside With a toothbrush and some Q-tips. It was a little bit dirty, but nothing dramatic. Then I moved on to the reservoir, which was in a really bad condition. The "intake-tube", which had been filtered With a swamp, was completely green. The rest had green stains and a misty look. I tried the best I could to scrape off the algea, before I put together a mini-loop With hot water (~50c) and added 35% vinegar to it. I let it run for about half an hour, switching the pump on and off. After that, I cleaned up, and ran very hot tap-water (~80-90c) through the Components induvidually. It was a bit messy because I could not fit a tube directly to the tap, but I managed. After that, I scraped off the rest of the algea that I could Reach in the reservoir.

But I am a little bit worried. Not all of the stains are completely gone. I'm hoping that the algea is dead, but I do not want to do this again soon. I Guess I got algea in the loop after I used the tubing which I had run tapwater through a couple of weeks before (I was on a strict Budget, so I had to buy tubing and fittings first, then the rest), regardless of the small grey'ish spots I could see on the inside doh.gif. I thought it was just some dried out dust.
The Pictures are on dropbox because the uploading thingy here is utterly useless. Does not work properly for me 95% of the time. The first Picture show the stain on the inside of the tube while the loop was still together, and the second shows the tubes which I threw away. Notice the almost Clear one, that is the one I used for the mini-loop. It was the least stained in the first Place, but still. The rest should be Pictures of the res after I had cleaned it.
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6ef8wgdognbwnls/7SqLgG-d4m

So what do you think? Should I give the vinegar another whirl, or will I be mostly okay?
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What brand of tubing had you been using, and did you have biocide and/or corrosion blocking in your water? If so, which type?

Can you try rubbing a dry q-tip on the inside of that used tube and tell what colour the q-tip shows? Green or blue or something else?
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Been using Primoflex and only Ekoolant, haven't added anything to it. Will check the tubes with a q-tip as soon as I get home.
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Been using Primoflex and only Ekoolant, haven't added anything to it. Will check the tubes with a q-tip as soon as I get home.

You wouldn't happen to be using Primochill PRO LRT would you? Looks like plasticizer to me.
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Yes, I'm using pro LRT. So all the white stuff is just plasticizer? Guess I don't have to worry too much about that then, But what about the green algae? You think it's dead by now?
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What brand of tubing had you been using, and did you have biocide and/or corrosion blocking in your water? If so, which type?

Can you try rubbing a dry q-tip on the inside of that used tube and tell what colour the q-tip shows? Green or blue or something else?

When I rubbed it on the inside, it was light blue, the same colour the Ekoolant has when it's dried out (had some spills in hard to reach places, but it's fixed now). The green spot on the inside though, resoulted in a green Q-tip.
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When I rubbed it on the inside, it was light blue, the same colour the Ekoolant has when it's dried out (had some spills in hard to reach places, but it's fixed now). The green spot on the inside though, resoulted in a green Q-tip.

You'll want to switch to PrimoFlex Advanced, from what I've heard it's the best tubing atm as far as plasticizers and discoloring or rather lack there of.


As for algae, you NEED a biocide or else algae WILL grow. I recommend Mayhems Biocide Extreme, as it's also a descaling additive.


If you do decide to clean your loop again, go to your local pool supply store, or more preferably somewhere that has pond equipment and ask them for a descaling cleaner. Running that through your loop should clean it out, however; I would make double sure to check to see if it's SAFE WITH METALS. Most descalers are acidic which can cause corrosion depending on the circumstances.
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