Ok, so I -think- I'm done SLAM-ing.
Night0-FC24->Morn1-FC18.5->FC24(I added chlorine and MA)
Night1-FC21->Morn2-FC22 (measurement error?)
Night2-FC22->Morn2-FC23 (measurement error?)
So so I have 2 nights where I -think- I'm not consuming FC. So my plan today is to NOT amp it back up tonight, and let it drift back to 4 plus or minus. (Unless someone tells me otherwise)
So then, I -think- my next step should be to bring down the TA. When I started the TFP approach, TA was off the charts. I have successfully been able to step it down. I'm using spa jets and spa waterfall to aerate.
I -think- I need to up THE CA, but I don't want to! Help me get over this. Here is why I don't want to:
1) I'm adding FC all day with my SWG. Who need more stabilization? Just up the SWG if there is more UV breakdown, and there is an effectively constant feed of FC, all day when it is breaking down.
2) less CA, means I need lower FC set point, no?
3) lower CA means nicer water (softer, less irritating).
4) BOrates also help buffer, no? So can't we arrive at a lower CA recommendation IFF Borates are present?
5) once I raise CA, there seems to be no way to lower them, so this is a one way deal like salt, so I want to make absolutely sure I need to up them.
6) easier to SLAM because I need lower FC, so I won't need to add as much liquid chlorine.
7) Adding less chlorine means adding less salt, means keeping the salt levels lower longer
So, where did my thinking go wrong? (I realize a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing).
Also, do I need to keep SLAM-ing?