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    Boraxo is the algaside?

    So as I read this Boraxo takes care of the algi. Is that right? if so that is way better than buying the liquid algiside

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    Re: Boraxo is the algaside?

    One thing you will learn is algaecide is rarely if ever needed if one maintains proper FC levels. Since I started with BBB all I have ever used is bleach.

    Borax does have algae-controlling properties and many users report positive results.
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    Re: Boraxo is the algaside?

    Boraxo is a hand soap that I remember well from my childhood, which is not the same things as the borax found in 20 Mule Team.
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    Re: Boraxo is the algaside?

    I thought it was a typo.
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    Re: Boraxo is the algaside?

    No typo.
    Boraxo and 20 mule team both used to be made by US Borax back when I was a kid and there were no computers or electricity! (But at least we had Mods--the British ones, and Hippies!)
    Now Boraxo hand soap
    http://www.boraxo.com/
    and 20 Mule Team Borax (which is the stuff you WANT to use in your pool )
    http://www.20muleteamlaundry.com/index.cfm?page_id=56
    are made by Dial.

    For instructions on how to use borax as an algaestat
    so-you-want-to-add-borates-to-your-pool-why-and-how-t4921.html

    Remember, you STILL need to keep your water balanced so you still need to follow the recommendations in Pool School (link in the upper right corner of the page).

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    Re: Boraxo is the algaside?

    Boraxo does have a lot of borax in it. But the other things it contains are not things you want in your pool.
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    Re: Boraxo is the algaside?

    Yes it was a Typepo . I used 20 mule team borax The Ronald Regan stuff

    Quote Originally Posted by frustratedpoolmom
    I thought it was a typo.

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    Re: Boraxo is the algaside?

    do you have algae in your pool?

    You have another thread where you wanted to add acid to lower pH
    post112898.html#p112898

    Borax will raise pH, is that why your pH is high you added borax to fight algae?

    If you are adding borates you should shoot for about 50ppm

    Here is what you need to read if adding borates to your pool
    so-you-want-to-add-borates-to-your-pool-why-and-how-t4921.html
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