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    Borates

    Before my pool was ever finished, I had already decided that I wanted to add Borates to my pool because of everything that I have read on here. Well after 6 months or so of using Borates (I used Boric Acid from DudaDiesel), I checked my Borate level and it wad down to 30. (I had a hunch on this because my CYA had also dropped to 30 from 50).

    Anyway, I went ahead and ordered more Boric Acid just because, but here's the thing: I honestly couldn't tell any difference between with or without Borates. The water really doesn't "sparkle" any more than it usually does (I keep my pool pretty clean), and I haven't really noticed any buffering advantages either. (I add about half a gallon of MA every 2-3 months or so). So I think this will be my last time buying Borates, especially if I really don't notice a difference.

    Anyone else have this experience? I'm starting to wonder if it's psychological
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    Re: Borates

    Sure, it might be. I was pretty happy with borates when I added them a few years ago and I have maintained them ever since. I just do Borax and MA. They also say they help with bugs in the pool. I have some bugs but not lots. My PH still rises but maybe less and my water is very sparkly. You can be the experiment for without borates and I'll be the experiment for keeping them!
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    Re: Borates

    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post
    Sure, it might be. I was pretty happy with borates when I added them a few years ago and I have maintained them ever since. I just do Borax and MA. They also say they help with bugs in the pool. I have some bugs but not lots. My PH still rises but maybe less and my water is very sparkly. You can be the experiment for without borates and I'll be the experiment for keeping them!

    Haha, sounds good pooldv
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    Re: Borates

    My hubby swears he can tell when our borates are getting low. He claims the water feels different, especially when he does his huge cannonball.

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