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Thread: SWCG still recommended?

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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Houston, TX

    SWCG still recommended?

    Wondering if SWCG is still recommended for a new pool build we are planning. I had a pool built about four years ago at a previous house and we used a SWCG back then. Are they still recommended? Is it possible to have lower maintenance with just a standard rainbow style "puck" auto chlorinator? One PB suggested using sodium tetra borate which I believe is just borax and a STD auto chlorinator instead of a SWCG. I'm wondering if I should bother with it this time.

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    Jan 2010
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: SWCG still recommended?

    Still recommended.

    You may have lower maintenance with a puck feeder for the first couple months, but after that...... whoo, boy! One of the most common reasons people search for information and end up here is because they have a clkoudy or green pool caused by too much CYA, which is caused by those convenient pucks.

    If you used a SWG before and were happy with it, stick with it!
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Feb 2008
    Flower Mound, TX

    Re: SWCG still recommended?

    Agree with Richard320. A SWCG system is far superior to any tablet feeder setup that you will find. Go with the SWCG.
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