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I installed my water cooling about 4 months ago and have changed the water about 3 times since I got it. I have noticed that my tubes are becoming cloudy so I drained my loop and disconnected my tubes. I used hot water and a soft(ish) wire brush to run through my tubing. It helped some but it is still pretty cloudy compared to the tubing on the barb where it hasn't touched water. When I drained the water from my loop it looked nice and clear with nothing floating in it or any cloudiness that I could see. I have also been using 100% distilled since the day I got my loop.

Is this purely cosmetic or could it be causing problems in my loop? If it's cosmetic then an easy fix would be to just buy colored tubing and call it quits. If it could be affecting performance then it obviously needs to be dealt with!

Thanks guy!

tl;dr Tubes cloudy. What do?
post #2 of 11
put a silver coin in there
post #3 of 11
Are you using a Silver KillCoil or PT Nuke with the distilled water?

If not, that's probably why. Distilled contains no impurities, but with nothing to stop them building up, over time it'll happen.
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put a silver coin in there
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Are you using a Silver KillCoil or PT Nuke with the distilled water?

If not, that's probably why. Distilled contains no impurities, but with nothing to stop them building up, over time it'll happen.
Had a kill coil in res since day 1
post #5 of 11
Sure it isn't just condensation?

Do you know if you live in a "hard water" area?
    
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post #6 of 11
The stock tubing that comes with the rasa kit is garbage, after two weeks mine is fogged up pretty bad, running distilled/kill coil. Just got some blue primo today so we'll see how it works out
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post #7 of 11
the tubing in the RASA kits will often do this. Mine has. I haven't noticed any performance difference, but I am going to get new tubing sometime

edit: JedixJarf beat me to it. I've also run distilled + kill coil
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post #8 of 11
yeah it's just the generic tubing that comes w/ the kit... you cant really stop it

get some primoflex
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Awesome! That's exactly what I wanted to hear!

1) I didn't screw up
and
2) It's an easy, cheap fix
post #10 of 11
i was told that a killcoil will not prevent this cloudy effect, as it is the dye that kind of sticks to the plastic, my theory, is that the older bits of the dye and stuff starts to become "heavier" and it ends up sticking to the plastic as it flows by, and over time, thats what you get, as you will see when your tubing dry's out, you can take your finger and rub off the stuff.....
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