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    is too high borate level a problem?

    Went a little overzealous on the borates for my spa. LaMotte strip reading says 80ppm. Is this a problem/hazardous? Do I need to do a partial drain, or should I just leave it?
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    Re: is too high borate level a problem?

    Levels up to 80 are fine, just not necessary. I don't recommend levels above 80.
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    Re: is too high borate level a problem?

    Once you get your borate levels up to 50+ what do you use for pH increaser if you usually use borax?
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    Re: is too high borate level a problem?

    Unless you are using trichlor, stick with Borax. You will lose borates more quickly to splash out than you will add with borax.
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    Re: is too high borate level a problem?

    In the rare event I need to raise PH and my Borate level is on the high end of the 50-80ppm range, I just take out my trusty $5 pvc aerator or water fountain and enjoy the show. PH+ or washing soda will work too but will also raise TA much more than borax
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    Re: is too high borate level a problem?

    Thanks guys! Spaced on the aerating option.
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