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    Never shocked......but boatmen & backswimmers here

    Ok-started w really sunny hot drought conditions....chlorine levels fell (&CYA)s I didn't pay close enough attention to it...then WATER-BUGS arrived & I knew I had issues....cranked up the SWG from 50% to 75%-killed(squashed all biters & non biting water bugs)Finally got rain these last 3 days(overcast) in a row- Now here are my numbers-any suggestions
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    Re: Never shocked......but boatmen & backswimmers here

    Read how to add borates to your pool. Since I've had it in my pool I've never had a water bug. But I'm sure the pro's will have something to add about your numbers too.
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    Re: Never shocked......but boatmen & backswimmers here

    pH could be a bit lower.

    My own experience with backswimners matches kimrst's: ever since I started maintaining borates in my pool they nasty little bugs have kept away.

    Correlation, yes. Causation? Don't know.
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    Re: Never shocked......but boatmen & backswimmers here

    Thanks guys.....yea would love to hear from the pro's here. Was wondering about the borates. Wasn't sure if the low chlorine caused the bugs or if algae was suspect.....
    20,000 Freeform IG Gunite,Gray Plaster,Tanning Ledge w 2 Bubblers, 8f tRaised Spa with 8 jets,Fiber Optic-3 ft Sheer Decent, 1 ft Sheer Decent, Intellibrites, 2 HP Jandy Stealth Pump, 1 HP Jandy pump, 340 Jandy Cartridge Filter, Jandy Aquapure Salt System, 2-1HP Blowers....and promised but not yet delivered Rheem 105 BTU Heat Pump/Chiller

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    Re: Never shocked......but boatmen & backswimmers here

    any suggestions
    What does your water look like? If it's not crystal clear, how long has it been that way?
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