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Hello! So, I've been running this block in my system for about 20 month now, and I only ever had distilled with Mayhems Biocide Extreme in my loop. To my shame, I've never drained the system; so I've been rocking the same distilled for almost 2 years now.

I already wiped down the main nickel chamber with distilled water, q-tips and some microfibre cloth, but the small channels on the right don't look so good. I though I'd ask you guys first. Do you think it's ok if I try to get rid of the algae (I assume) with q-tips and maybe a soft toothbrush? I also have Isopropyl 99%, but I guess that's out of the question?





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post #2 of 5
Try lime juice, its a bit acidic, with a toothbrush. Might need to let it soak.
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post #3 of 5
Considering what my Nickel blocks looked like after 5 years and no flush, yours look amazing.

Like the above said, something acidic and some elbow grease should make her look good again. I used white vinegar and water to clean mine up, but they came back to a nice shine after some time.
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post #4 of 5
Not really a good idea top use anything acidic with Nickel plate as the plating is quite thin and easy to destroy with most acid based solutions.

I'd be following EK's recommendation: https://www.ekwb.com/blog/how-to-clean-water-blocks/
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Thanks for all your suggestions. The EK instructions say "no aggressive chemicals", which I think lime juice is not, so I tried it as I had a lime laying around, waiting to get sqeezed. After letting it soak for minute, I "scrubbed" it with an extra soft old toothbrush, and then repeated that procedure a few times. Took ages, but seems to have worked pretty well:

    
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