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