Originally written as a reply to this post. Split into a new topic as it was getting off topic for that one. JasonLion
Richard, I think you need to re-read what the 3 B's are for...Originally Posted by Richard320
Bleach IS liquid chlorine - 6% strength... keep the first B
Borax is NOT optional (for some)- it's used to raise pH. I use at least 1/2 box during startup each year. I have a lot of pine tree needles and cones which will lower my pH. Spilled Coke and fruit juices probably don't help either. I have some "pH Down", but I've never needed it.
Keep the second B.
Baking soda is not used to raise pH, it's for TA. It's also very good for washing the waterline. Three boxes used this year, so far. Keep the third B.
Not trying to be a booger, here... just don't generalize...