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So it's been a few months now, and I want to clean my loop out and replace the coolant. I've noticed it's getting low, so I figure I might as well clean it out.

Should I run vinegar and water, then just water, then water again, and then my actual coolant? I don't want to take it all apart again to clean the components. How long should I run vinegar and water? And at what ratio of vinegar:water?

Oh, and not related to cleaning, I've noticed my coolant (pentosin G11+pt_nuke+distilled) has turned into a green color over a couple months. At first it was a cloudy blue. Is this normal for pentosinG11 to lose it's color?
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Yeah all dyes lose their vibrancy pretty quickly, its normal for it to fade out...

When I don't tear it all down to clean I run 10% white vinegar and 90% distilled through it for a couple of hours, then straight distilled rinses usually 3 for an hour or so each...You want to get all that vinegar residue out or it can keep reacting with the copper...Rinse it well and you'll have a nice clean loop...

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So I've drained it and have cleaned it with vinegar and water for a few hours, and rinsed it 3 times for ~1hr each rinse. I've noticed that it's not the coolant that lost it's color, but the tubes have been dyed green. Is it possible some algae bloomed?
Also I'm wondering how much PT_Nuke Ishould use this time. In 2L distilled I've put 2 drops in for my final mixture, but should I make it 3, or would that be too acidic?

My current mixture:
2L distilled+2drops PT_Nuke+~.2L Pentosin G11 (~1:9 ratio)
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well what color was your dye? lol sounds like you got some build up of some kind...if your not using green color in your water.
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Is it on the tubes, or in the tubes? The green that is, dye will stain your tubing up,it can work into the tube wall, if you can wipe it off its not in the tubing but on it...It could still be dye even if its just on it...Thats why I don't care for dyes much, its just a mess really..That should of hopefully gotten all the loose stuff out and sanitized your loop pretty well...

3 or 4 drops should be plenty of the PT Nuke...I don't think I'd go over 4 drops in a couple of liters...

If you have been running PT Nuke all along I don't really think you have to worry about it being any kind of crud, Pt Nuke does a great job of keeping it killed off....
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well what color was your dye? lol sounds like you got some build up of some kind...if your not using green color in your water.
The pentosin G11 is light blue
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Oh you were using G11, I thought you had used some green dye...Yeah thats kind of weird, can you take a pic of it?
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Oh you were using G11, I thought you had used some green dye...Yeah thats kind of weird, can you take a pic of it?
Sure. Once that pc is running again I can upload the pics (this pc doesn't do raw files).

I think what happened is I used waaay too much G11 last time. I just kindof added it until I liked the color. This time I measured it out and used probably an 1/8-1/4 of what I used last time (based on how much was gone in the bottle).
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Sure. Once that pc is running again I can upload the pics (this pc doesn't do raw files).

I think what happened is I used waaay too much G11 last time. I just kindof added it until I liked the color. This time I measured it out and used probably an 1/8-1/4 of what I used last time (based on how much was gone in the bottle).

everyone complains about their tubes being dyed! lol Gheto Build FTW!
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