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    Convert Softswim to Chlorine

    Tired of spending the money for Softswim just to see it disappear. I currently have the following conditions.
    Softswim B - 30
    Softswim C - 0
    PH - 7.6
    TA - 113
    TH - 247

    Is it easier to convert if I let the "B" level reach 0 or I am looking at monitoring the chlorine levels for several days?

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    Re: Convert Softswim to Chlorine

    Welcome to TFP!

    Yes, it is a little easier to convert if your get the Softswim B level down to zero before you start, however it isn't critical that you do that. Either way, you will be monitoring chlorine levels for several days during the conversion.
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    Re: Convert Softswim to Chlorine

    Thanks. Since I am will be new to using the bleach, do I need stabilizer and eventually clarifiers? If so what is the best to use?

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    Re: Convert Softswim to Chlorine

    You will eventually need stabilizer, but not until your conversion is complete. See this article at Pool School for complete conversion instructions.

    We don't normally recommend the use of clarifiers.
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    Re: Convert Softswim to Chlorine

    I have green, I used a granular shock ("Calcium Hypochlorite" which I would not recommend now), will it hurt to use Sodium Hypochlorite (bleach) to finish the process??

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    Re: Convert Softswim to Chlorine

    Using bleach is just fine, in fact that is what we recommend using.
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    Re: Convert Softswim to Chlorine

    OK, based on the pool calculator I added the amount of bleach to inrease the PPM to 15, after 30 minutes the test strip showed "0". Not sure how you can keep it at 15ppm. Will it take considerably longer only adding the bleach at night or should I just keep adding during the day for this weekend?

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    Re: Convert Softswim to Chlorine

    At the beginning the bleach is consumed very rapidly. You can test and add as often as hourly. Then towards the end of the conversion you can switch to just evenings/a.m.

    I'd hit it hard this weekend if you have the time - you'll finish faster that way.
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    Re: Convert Softswim to Chlorine

    Do I need to maintain the Ph level during this process?

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    Re: Convert Softswim to Chlorine

    You want to adjust the PH to between 7.2 and 7.4 near the start when the FC level is at or at least near zero. After that the PH is normally stable enough that you can ignore it.
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    Re: Convert Softswim to Chlorine

    Only took 3 days and my pool is clear. Since then I have added bleach but can not keep the levels up. I added 4 lbs of stabilizer on Tuesday night, strips say 30-50 on stabilizer, still losing chlorine. Do I need to keep the chlorine at 3 all the time? How often do I need to shock?

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    Re: Convert Softswim to Chlorine

    If you are having problems maintaining an FC level at night, you haven't finished the conversion yet. Everyone always loses chlorine during the day (though you should only be losing about 50% of your starting level each day).
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