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Thread: Low ta reading after borate addition

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    Low ta reading after borate addition

    So I had an issue with massive ph swings; posted elsewhere here.

    Anyway, I decided to give boric acid a try. So I balanced the water to about 50-60ppm TA, and ph 7.6 or so. I then added 16oz of boric acid (550gallon spa). Let it go for a few days. The ph has been rock solid ever since. Hasn't budged at all. 7.4 every time I check even after an hour of use with all jets and air, highest I got was 7.6 after use

    The TA however is reading super low on 3 different brands of test strips. With my Taylor drop test kit k-2006, it reads 60ppm. So how is it that the drop test is reading fine but 3 totally different brand strips tell me it's less than 40?

    Just tying to get a handle on this thing.
    Thanks!
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    Re: Low ta reading after borate addition

    Trust the Taylor drop test; forget about the strips.

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    Re: Low ta reading after borate addition

    They are called guess strips for a reason. I would throw them away now.
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    Re: Low ta reading after borate addition

    Alright thanks. I just thought it was weird that everything seemed to read correctly prior to adding boric acid. I was wondering why it affected the strips but not the drop test.

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