Successfully opened pool to nice clear water this past weekend. In running my startup tests I found I was low on some reagents. I have been buying through Amato Industries online. My question is, is there a difference between the reagents marked Taylor and the bottles that aren't. i.e. there is a .75 oz bottle of R-0003 for $2 and a Taylor R-0003 for $3.40. What sources are there for reliable reagent refills.
Also, I'm thinking of using the borates to improve the water feel. I have also read that adding salt improves feel. Is this true? I do not have a way to test for borates or salt. I found a test kit, Taylot K-1766, for salt for ~$19, is this worth bothering with?
I have not found a kit or strips to test the borates, any sources or method to test?