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That is not algae. It is DEHP/plasticizer. Also there are many threads, 10+ on multiple forums with people using XSPC tubing complaining of same thick brown discolored plasticizer deposit on it in just 2-3 months of use, many posting it was algae, but it is just plasticizer. Ie, that is normal looking XSPC tubing after few months of use, many other pics just like yours.

Use primochill advanced LRT tubing, you will get the least discoloration and no plasticizer leech.

That being said, I would use a biocide.

Agreed. However, just a quick question (not OP), what do you think about the MasterKleer tubing sold at PPCS or the Durelene from Sidewinder as cheaper alternatives?
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That is not algae. It is DEHP/plasticizer. Also there are many threads, 10+ on multiple forums with people using XSPC tubing complaining of same thick brown discolored plasticizer deposit on it in just 2-3 months of use, many posting it was algae, but it is just plasticizer. Ie, that is normal looking XSPC tubing after few months of use, many other pics just like yours.

Use primochill advanced LRT tubing, you will get the least discoloration and no plasticizer leech.

That being said, I would use a biocide.

That is pretty relieving to hear, that other people are facing the some stupid problem. I was actually eyeballing that advanced lrt too. So is there still any maintenece I should do? Or can I just throw everything back into my computer with the new tubing and some pt nuke and be on my merry way?
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That is pretty relieving to hear, that other people are facing the some stupid problem. I was actually eyeballing that advanced lrt too. So is there still any maintenece I should do? Or can I just throw everything back into my computer with the new tubing and some pt nuke and be on my merry way?

As someone previously said, disassemble your blocks and clean them (unless nothing built up), and thoroughly rinse your radiators. Run water through your pump outside of the case just to get out anything that build up in there.

There is actually norprene tubing from Tygon that has no plasticizer whatsoever rolleyes.gif, but it is soft so it is a bit difficult to use.
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That is not algae. It is DEHP/plasticizer. Also there are many threads, 10+ on multiple forums with people using XSPC tubing complaining of same thick brown discolored plasticizer deposit on it in just 2-3 months of use, many posting it was algae, but it is just plasticizer. Ie, that is normal looking XSPC tubing after few months of use, many other pics just like yours.

Use primochill advanced LRT tubing, you will get the least discoloration and no plasticizer leech.

That being said, I would use a biocide.

In for the Primochill Tubing, Stuff is great! Also use a combo of biocide and the king coil(in a res).
 
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That is not algae. It is DEHP/plasticizer. Also there are many threads, 10+ on multiple forums with people using XSPC tubing complaining of same thick brown discolored plasticizer deposit on it in just 2-3 months of use, many posting it was algae, but it is just plasticizer. Ie, that is normal looking XSPC tubing after few months of use, many other pics just like yours.

Use primochill advanced LRT tubing, you will get the least discoloration and no plasticizer leech.

That being said, I would use a biocide.

Thanks for clearing it up. Personally, I've never had any issues. I use Primochill Advanced LRT along with PT Nuke, so I haven't seen what it looks like other than pictures off the net. It's a little difficult for me to tell on that since it does kinda look like the alge growth in the tubes on the post that I linked (at least on my screen it had similar colors). The plasticizer post does the tubes mostly being cloudy-white, but then again some do show the tubes looking brownish. However, the comment above yours with him saying the water being clear is a definite sign that it isn't alge.
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@Warpprism, I havent used masketeer tubing. But duralene tubing seems to work well, it discolors slightly over time like a lot of clear tubing, and though it does have plasticizer it tends not to leach, if it wasnt for primochill advanced or if cost were an issue, I would use duralene.

@watsaname, I agree with Warpprism, just rinse out your components, and I would take apart cpu block as will probably have some plasticizer stuck in pins to clean, and just rinse out rads well with distilled. Then yep, PT nuke will work fine.

@Inelastic, DEHP/ plasticizer is white, but there are other chemicals in tubing which degrade and stain the DEHP and tubing. I have seen brown and yellow plasticizer (stained plasticizer) in my own previous builds dating back to 2003. Back then, ugly yellow-brown tubing after a few months was the norm.
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opt33, thanks for the info. I have seen Durelene tubing recommended elsewhere so I just wanted some confirmation. Also Masterkleer was recommended to me once somewhere so it could be a good option given the lower price.
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