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I just installed a new Monsoon Bay reservoir that has 2 stop plugs with silver bullets and I want opinions on adding a kill coil to the reservoir or just letting the bullets take care of the loop.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/19744/ex-res-518/Monsoon_Series_Two_Premium_D5MCP655_Dual_Bay_Reservoir_w_Quick_Change_LED_Control_-_Matte_Black_w_Blue_Trim_M2-D5P-BL.html?tl=g30c97s168


http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21500/ex-tub-2082/Monsoon_999_Fine_Silver_Bullet_Antimicrobial_G_14_Plug_-_Blue_MON-PLUG-AG-BL.html?tl=g30c101s743
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Silver is silver so there probably isn't any effective difference.

That being said, the silver bullet is plated whereas a kill coil is a solid strip of all silver. The fact that the bullet is plated shouldn't matter since the metal layer is still thick enough that it would likely take many years before you'd see it wear all the way through, but a kill coil probably presents a larger surface area to the liquid so it might be a little more effective for that reason.

Also, it's worth noting that the ad copy for the silver bullet recommends replacing it every six to twelve months, but IMO that's BS designed to generate replacement sales more than anything else.
Edited by threephi - 4/5/14 at 10:51pm
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I bought a strip of .999 silver and put it in my res.
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I have one thing to say about silver that I learn last week (sometime, you learn thing in school).

 

Ag(+) + Cu -> Ag + Cu(+)

 

What it mean is when you have silver in solution in contact with solid copper, the silver will precipitated will the copper will go into solution. That reaction is pretty direct, that mean that the chance that you "dissolve" your copper is quite high. I don't know at which rate it can happen but it didn't look good. If you want something to help with the corrosion and to control the algae grow, use CuSO4 (Copper Sulfate) that you can find in PKNuke and stuff like that.

 

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I have one thing to say about silver that I learn last week (sometime, you learn thing in school).

Ag(+) + Cu -> Ag + Cu(+)

What it mean is when you have silver in solution in contact with solid copper, the silver will precipitated will the copper will go into solution. That reaction is pretty direct, that mean that the chance that you "dissolve" your copper is quite high. I don't know at which rate it can happen but it didn't look good. If you want something to help with the corrosion and to control the algae grow, use CuSO4 (Copper Sulfate) that you can find in PKNuke and stuff like that.

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I have never heard of silver damaging any part of a water loop
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lee17 View Post

I have one thing to say about silver that I learn last week (sometime, you learn thing in school).

Ag(+) + Cu -> Ag + Cu(+)

What it mean is when you have silver in solution in contact with solid copper, the silver will precipitated will the copper will go into solution. That reaction is pretty direct, that mean that the chance that you "dissolve" your copper is quite high. I don't know at which rate it can happen but it didn't look good. If you want something to help with the corrosion and to control the algae grow, use CuSO4 (Copper Sulfate) that you can find in PKNuke and stuff like that.

My .02C

Lee
The amount of silver put into solution from a plug or kill coil is extremely small, so the ratio of silver to copper is extremely low, and this reaction is unlikely to have any significant effect. Also, copper sulfate is not anti-corrosive, it's used for its anti-microbial properties only.
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Using a silver coil or plug may void the warranty of other loop components, check the manufacturers web site. Silver can have a adverse effect on nickle plating. I stopped using kill coils and just use a biocide with distilled h2o.
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