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can biocides hurt the rubber orings that come with barbs? like primo chill liquid utopia. any chance it could corrode the rubber?
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I wouldn't think so. Tonnes of people use biocide in their loops and not once have I heard it causes rubber to corrode.
    
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I wouldn't think so. Tonnes of people use biocide in their loops and not once have I heard it causes rubber to corrode.
i use a kill coil now, but i have used biocides in the past. i wanted to be sure before i reused the same barbs with the same orings. maybe i should rinse them with distilled water to be safe. i have no idea what is in those biocides. i know that bleach can corrode rubber stoppers i just hope whatever is in that stuff isnt chlorine based.
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The o-rings should still feel 'pliable' , soft and rubbery, if they're getting stiff or show signs of cracking then I would not use them again to be safe. They are extremely cheap anyways so why not replace them all?
    
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post #5 of 7
o-rings will get spry if you added too much biocide to the water, but I doubt you did that, so they will be absolutely fine
    
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The o-rings should still feel 'pliable' , soft and rubbery, if they're getting stiff or show signs of cracking then I would not use them again to be safe. They are extremely cheap anyways so why not replace them all?
they were still rubbery to the touch. i soaked the orings in distilled water just incase any residue was left on them. next time i bleed my loop to add a upgrade i will replace all orings.
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post #7 of 7
Its good to replace o-rings after a suitable amount of time, that amount of time could be based on a couple different things but when you inspect your rings look for the following... deformation, lack of elasticity/ductility, too rubbery, any nicks or lack of roundness. See any of that and replace the ring. That said its really up to you. Simply using the rings wears them out, additives vary from one manufacturer to the other, so its hard to say.
 
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