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I had a few drops of Citric Acid in plain distillate water loop. After running for some months I open up the Reserator and I see it have plenty of corrosion.
I was thinking Citrid Acid was anti corrosive, although now I'm afraid it has affected the aluminium negatively.
post #2 of 15
I guess you shouldn't put that in there again! That stinks.
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The name ACID should have tipped you off.

The point of additives is to stopThis, and acid helps the process along.
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Dude, it's citric acid.
ACID
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Citric acid? The clue is in the name.

Some Glycol is your best bet, or something like Fesser Base. One bottle should be enough for a Reserator 1 (the tube design).

Incidentally, I had a Reserator 1 V2 and one thing I noticed is that the plastic quick disconnects at the base of the tower are very restrictive. You could improve your temps by replacing them with some G1/4" to 3/8" barbs, although you loose the ability to easily disconnect it then.
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well be thankful you caught it before it sprung a leak and ruined anything
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Citric acid? The clue is in the name.

Some Glycol is your best bet, or something like Fesser Base. One bottle should be enoguh for a Reserator 1 (the tube design).

Incidentally, I had a Reserator 1 V2, one thing I noticed is that the plastic quick disconnects at the base of the tower are very restrictive. You could improve your temps easily by replacing them with some G1/4" to 3/8" barbs, although you loose the ability to easily disconnect it then.
That could easy be fixed with this ones: http://www.guldfisken.se/beta/catalo...c78874af22dc80
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well be thankful you caught it before it sprung a leak and ruined anything
I don't know, I think when I tried to clean the corrosion, the Reserator was very fragile and left small holes where the corrosion sat. Now I can see small white dots on the surface, and I think it's dripping like sand into the water loop.
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I don't know, I think when I tried to clean the corrosion, the Reserator was very fragile and left small holes where the corrosion sat. Now I can see small white dots on the surface, and I think it's dripping like sand into the water loop.
That is what corrosion does. I would replace your reservoir now, do a full clean of your loop and hope for the best.

I would never run aluminum in a loop.
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That could easy be fixed with this ones: http://www.guldfisken.se/beta/catalo...c78874af22dc80
If you wanted to spend the money on some better QDCs, you would be better off with two of these on the Reserator and two of these on the hose end. I was suggesting barbs as a quick, cheap and available product which could improve things. Not much point spending all that money on some QDCs for the performance gain.

Depending on how badly corroded it is you might be able to save it, the outer skin of the Reserator is fairly thick. You can more or less replace it with a good 120mm radiator for the same performance (I did) and remove any copper / aluminium issues. Just be aware that the Zalman waterblocks (if you are running them) also contain aluminium, and are also pretty poor performers.
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