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Dude, clearly water cooling isn't for you if you don't know about this stuff already. I suggest you just do your homework from somewhere you trust, cleary this thread is not somewhere you trust, so either give up on watercooling, or find somewhere you trust to get your information.

Mate, chill. You're taking it too seriously.
See, the thing is that I cannot redo my cooling loop every 3 months. I need something to stay solid for more than a year. That is why I asked about car coolants.

I have done two custom water cooling systems and with both I used EK EVO blue coolant.
Both cases presented algae issues.
The current one I have is this: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

At least I was told it's algae in this forum. So if a brand like EK EVO can't inhibit algae, then something is strange. By the way, I used Mayhems Blitz to clean the loop thoroughly before filling with coolant.

So going back to my question and the concerns I raised. Considering facts, corrosion is happening... slowly, true, but it is happening. If a coolant contains anti-corrosion inhibitors and also is toxic enough to inhibit algae, then I want to use it.
The problem is that where I live, most car coolants contains Organic Additive (Acid) Technology (OAT), which I was told to strictly avoid.
Additionally, I opt for blue coolant for the build I'm redoing.

So if car coolants without OAT and blue colour is something which I cannot find, then my only option is to use what I have at the moment, which is Mayhems XT-1 with blue dye.

What are the concern there?
1. Some people report it doesn't inhibit algae growth
2. I can't use Biocide with it (according to Mayhems spec)
3. Some people claim that blue dye will stain everything and/or will break and leave residue and clog the micro channels.

I cannot afford a trail and error approach on this, so I was looking for a more definitive answers as to the best combination / solution for the build while considering I do care about corrosion + algae.

In any case, I want to thank you all for contributing to the discussion and for you time and knowledge. I greatly appreciate it and I did learn a lot. It's not easy to find the happy path but you gave me a lot to consider, so thank you once more!
Edited by Gil80 - 8/10/16 at 6:14am
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So you are to blame for the pool turning green at the Olympic games!! biggrin.gif
 
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So you are to blame for the pool turning green at the Olympic games!! biggrin.gif

ha biggrin.gif I guess I am
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I don't want this to question your intelligence or start a war but after reading through the thread, Have you ever tried a different way to clean your loop? This time I would try a much more extensive cleaning, use vinegar or boiling in distilled water rather than just a flush? Also does your pc sit in sunlight or anything with a daily drastic temp change? I personally stay away from dyes and I don't like the staining but I have read that "pond dyes" will help with inhibiting algae growth(in ponds). I am not sure at all of what these "pond dyes" are made of but maybe that is something too look into?
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So going back to my question and the concerns I raised. Considering facts, corrosion is happening... slowly, true, but it is happening. If a coolant contains anti-corrosion inhibitors and also is toxic enough to inhibit algae, then I want to use it.
The problem is that where I live, most car coolants contains Organic Additive (Acid) Technology (OAT), which I was told to strictly avoid.
Additionally, I opt for blue coolant for the build I'm redoing.

So if car coolants without OAT and blue colour is something which I cannot find, then my only option is to use what I have at the moment, which is Mayhems XT-1 with blue dye.

What are the concern there?
1. Some people report it doesn't inhibit algae growth
2. I can't use Biocide with it (according to Mayhems spec)
3. Some people claim that blue dye will stain everything and/or will break and leave residue and clog the micro channels.

!

http://noelsautoparts.com.au/Prestone%20Products.htm
http://www.rarespares.net.au/waggawagga/SearchPage.aspx?type=catalogue&pno=0&cat=PRESTONE+PRODUCTS&catcode=PRESTONE+PRODUCTS&subcat=PRESTONE+PRODUCTS&subcatcode=PRESTONE+PRODUCTS

this stuff works with any color, so get a little of the color you would like to have, add some of this to it, so this should solve all of the little issues.
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I don't want this to question your intelligence or start a war but after reading through the thread, Have you ever tried a different way to clean your loop? This time I would try a much more extensive cleaning, use vinegar or boiling in distilled water rather than just a flush? Also does your pc sit in sunlight or anything with a daily drastic temp change? I personally stay away from dyes and I don't like the staining but I have read that "pond dyes" will help with inhibiting algae growth(in ponds). I am not sure at all of what these "pond dyes" are made of but maybe that is something too look into?

fair question. I cleaned my loop using Mayhems blitz kit and then flushing several times.
This should do the trick to keep the loop very clean before using coolant.

My computer is under a desk and protected from sunlight.

I guess I'll have to avoid dyes smile.gif
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http://noelsautoparts.com.au/Prestone%20Products.htm
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this stuff works with any color, so get a little of the color you would like to have, add some of this to it, so this should solve all of the little issues.

thanks! looks promising.
I guess it can be used on it's own. I won't mix it with other car coolants.

I couldn't find a blue coolant which is not OAT so I'm giving up on the blue colour.

thank you!
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