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So I decided to clean my loop after 6 months or more of using tap water only and a few drops of biocide. I must say that I'm impressed with the results. Granted I'm sure that distilled may improve temperatures by a minuscule, but it's nothing I'm worried about. I may not even use distilled water anymore. Tap is way more accessible when I'm lazy.

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The recommendation to use distilled water is not for temperature reasons but because of the damage that tap water can do to your components over a period of time.
Distilled water is treated to remove all the microscopic contaminants, along with dissolved minerals such as calcium and iron that are found in normal tap water.
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The recommendation to use distilled water is not for temperature reasons but because of the damage that tap water can do to your components over a period of time.
Distilled water is treated to remove all the microscopic contaminants, along with dissolved minerals such as calcium and iron that are found in normal tap water.
Distilled water isn't "treated" it is just boiled and the steam is caught and turned back into water, that is a natural process that gets rid of everything from the water.


@op, you must have really clean tap water for your block to look that good after using tap water. The main reason people say to use distilled is because the quality of the tap water, is not always the same for every person. But distilled water is a guaranteed way to get clean perfect water. Some people do have clean enough tap water to use in their loops, other aren't so lucky.
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tap water is also alot more conductive as it still has allt he minerals in it.
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tap water is also alot more conductive as it still has allt he minerals in it.
this is also very true.
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I don't know why you are thinking you got such great results, the inside of the block looks like it's been worn right down to copper.,

Considering how cheap distilled is, I'd just stick with that.
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Aren't the fins in the Supreme HF Nickel meant to be bare copper? At least, I thought so.
   
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Aren't the fins in the Supreme HF Nickel meant to be bare copper? At least, I thought so.
Don't think so, and mine aren't. Plus, if you look at the pic you can see the wear pattern is not totally even, so that points to the damage being post-installation.
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they are supposed to be bare copper.
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