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    Am I ready for Borates??

    I just got my Amazon shipment of Borax today...and also have my MA ready - both amounts according to PoolMath.

    I just tested my water and here are my numbers:

    water temp 69
    FC 7 (I think this is a little high - still trying to "dial in" the SWG
    CC 0
    pH 7.6
    TA 60
    CH 130
    CYA 40 (I hate this test. Seriously. I *think* I finally have the hang of it after several months!)

    I've used Borax in our Spa at 40ppm and I love it. It makes such a huge difference in being able to keep the pH stable.

    So my question for the pool - based on the above numbers, do you think I'm ready to begin?
    Pool Completed 8/2015 18'x36' Gemini shape 3.5' - 8', 19,200 gal IG vinyl, Hayward Max-Flo 1.5 HP 2-speed pump, Hayward Pro Series 300-lb sand filter, Hayward AquaPlus SWG, NO Autofill, Dolphin M400 robot, Taylor 2005 test kit, 434 gal Bullfrog A7L spa

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    Re: Am I ready for Borates??

    Your TA is a little low per the recommendations on this thread So you want to add borates to your pool--Why and How . For you SWG they should be between 70-80. All else looks good.
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    Re: Am I ready for Borates??

    I would leave the TA at 60. I say go! I like my borates too. Pool and hot tub. Good stuff!

    Here are some helpful pics of the cya test, https://www.taylortechnologies.com/C...P?ContentID=36
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    Re: Am I ready for Borates??

    Yay! So excited. Thank you so much for your replies!
    Pool Completed 8/2015 18'x36' Gemini shape 3.5' - 8', 19,200 gal IG vinyl, Hayward Max-Flo 1.5 HP 2-speed pump, Hayward Pro Series 300-lb sand filter, Hayward AquaPlus SWG, NO Autofill, Dolphin M400 robot, Taylor 2005 test kit, 434 gal Bullfrog A7L spa

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    Re: Am I ready for Borates??

    I agree, your TA at 60ppm is likely fine. Much easier to raise the TA than it is to lower it.
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    Re: Am I ready for Borates??

    Thank you Jason - that was my hope. My pool seems to "like" TA at 60.

    I got the MA and Borax all brushed in. Should I go ahead and test the pH now - or wait 48 hours like testing the Borate level?
    Pool Completed 8/2015 18'x36' Gemini shape 3.5' - 8', 19,200 gal IG vinyl, Hayward Max-Flo 1.5 HP 2-speed pump, Hayward Pro Series 300-lb sand filter, Hayward AquaPlus SWG, NO Autofill, Dolphin M400 robot, Taylor 2005 test kit, 434 gal Bullfrog A7L spa

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    Re: Am I ready for Borates??

    Wow! Less than 24 hours later - and my pool is SPARKLY! I loved it before - but WOW!
    Pool Completed 8/2015 18'x36' Gemini shape 3.5' - 8', 19,200 gal IG vinyl, Hayward Max-Flo 1.5 HP 2-speed pump, Hayward Pro Series 300-lb sand filter, Hayward AquaPlus SWG, NO Autofill, Dolphin M400 robot, Taylor 2005 test kit, 434 gal Bullfrog A7L spa

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    Re: Am I ready for Borates??

    good to hear, waiting to get my TA down and ill give it a try as well
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