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Is this dye ok to use in my watercooling loop??

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HI all, so I am just in the process of ordering my watercooling components, as I have been working on this plan for quite some time and was about to order today when I had this thought, and just wanted to make sure this is OK, as I dont see many other people doing it, or at least not mentioning that they do if that is the case.

So my watercooling loop is as follows:

-alphacool d5 vario in xspc acrylic d5 res
-black ice sr1 240mm and black ice gt stealth 240mm rads, both with gelid wing 12 uv fans
-ek supreme ltx amd block (cooling fx8350), nickel
-ek monarch (dominator) x4 ram block, nickel
-2x ek universal gpu bridge edition blocks, nickel, connected with ek dual parallel 3 slot acrylic bridge
-mix of xspc and alphacool chrome compression fittings
-also i will be using a clear acrylic bitspower t-block and an xspc lcd temp sensor
-xspc premium high flex clear/uv blue tubing (the higher quality retail packaged stuff, not the sold-by-the-foot cheaper quality stuff)

so that is the loop i will be running, (though it may not be relevant but people always seem to ask so there it is).

What I am wondering though, is that as I want to add a uv blue dye to my loop to make the coolant visible through the acrylic waterblocks, i was looking at dyes and biocides and anti corrosives when i found this:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17724/ex-liq-303/Mayhems_XT-1_Glycol_Base_Coolant_Concentrate_-_150mL_-_UV_Blue.html

which is mayhems xt-1, uv blue. from what i understand this one little 150ml bottle will make 2-3 litres of coolant, and because it is glycol based, I so not need to worry about any additives because it is within the properties of the coolant itself! It sounds fantastic and like the perfect solution! I know glycol based coolants are advertised typically for watercooling systems that actively chill the coolant rather than just run it through rads and fans, but I dont see why this would make any real difference when being used and "typical" water cooling temps, and at worst you get the added benefit of not having to worry too much if you need to bring your computer for a trip in the car to a friend's house or whatever reason (canadian winters, haha) but please correct me if i am wrong with this thinking....

It sounds to me like a great solution and I'd love to go ahead and do it, but I live in canada and dont want to having to deal with ridiculous border/duty charges every time i ship, and would rather do it all in one shot, so if anyone has some knowledge as whether this is OK to do or not, please do let me know! It sounds great but I am suspicious because I have not found anyone else saying they are doing this lol

Thanks!!
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Yes that would work fine. You are not adding a lot of ethylene glycol to the loop as it isn't being used for lowering the freezing point or raising the boiling point it is being used as a biocide and corrosion inhibitor. It will also lubricate your pump (not important).

I don't personally like any UV dyes but if you are going to do it Mayhems is the way to go. Other option would be feser base (ethylene glycol) and blue food coloring but I see no real reason to not use the Mayhems especially if you are going to have a UV light. If no UV light and you end up not liking the fluid then next time just grab food coloring and feser base.

Make sure you mix the dye into a small amount of water before adding it to the large amount of water. This will help you control how much dye you add so you can get the color right. You can also play with the color by adding a little bit to a glass of water then taking another glass of water and add food coloring then slowly mix in if you want to change the shade a little bit.

In other words don't just dump it in if you want a specific color.
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Thanks! I feel much more comfortable and confident now pulling the trigger on that! smile.gif Ya I am definitely wanting a blue dye with a uv effect, specifically because of my clear acrylic waterblocks on the ram, cpu, and gpus (plus clear ek bridge). If I had all solid components, I would just get the tubing how I want but that is not the case with my build as it is. thanks again!
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