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What's this stuff?

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  • 0% (0)
    algae
  • 0% (0)
    rust
  • 66% (4)
    corrosion
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    oxidation
  • 33% (2)
    alien spores
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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I recently noticed the metal bits in my reservoir look a bit strange...





...whatever it is, it's sure colorful.

For a little background... I've been running my loop for about 3 months. I'm using all Bitspower fittings, with several .999 silver compression fittings to hopefully deter algae. I'm also using 2 drops of PT Nuke. The liquid is pure distilled water. I'm also using an Alphacool UT60 360mm radiator and PrimoChill tubing. I'd be happy to provide any additional information if necessary. Is this something I should be worried about?
post #2 of 9
Looks like ... corrosion to me. Yeah, definitely corrosion. But the sort of corrosion in OPEN AIR! Of copper!
Someone please explain thumb.gif
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post #3 of 9
Where those metal parts originally black?
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post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Silverish?

post #5 of 9
It looks like the nickel plating is coming away from the parts.

I would remove it and RMA.
post #6 of 9
And don't forget to flush your system while you're waiting on the replacement. smile.gif

If the plating has been coming off you really don't want it gunked up in your radiator or pump.
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post #7 of 9
Maybe its loosing it's chrome?
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post #8 of 9
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So what's preventing this from happening again with another res? Did I just get a bad one? Are there reservoirs that don't use nickle plated metals, and if so, do you have any recommendations?
post #9 of 9
Plating is an art, and sometimes things go wrong in the substrate prep operations or even the plating process itself. If you don't find any other reports of similar defects from other owners, I would chalk it up to a plating defect and just get it replaced.
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