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    Okay to go ahead with adding borates?

    Here are my test results from moments ago:
    FC: 2
    CC: 0
    pH: 6.8
    TA: 60
    CH: 120
    CYA: 60
    Salt: 3200
    Temp: 80

    Is this okay to go ahead with adding borates? I know the pH and TA are both lower than what the borates how-to sticky post recommends, but won't that just reduce the acid requirement?
    Sue

    18' round Sharkline Matrix AGP / 8600 Gal. / sand filter / Aqua Trol SWG
    Pool owner since 2001. Thanks to TFP for helping me convert off Baquacil after six years!

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    Re: Okay to go ahead with adding borates?

    You never want your pH below 7.

    Best to use the recommended levels from the directions in Pool School.
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    Re: Okay to go ahead with adding borates?

    Quote Originally Posted by MeSue
    Here are my test results from moments ago:
    FC: 2
    CC: 0
    pH: 6.8
    TA: 60
    CH: 120
    CYA: 60
    Salt: 3200
    Temp: 80

    Is this okay to go ahead with adding borates? I know the pH and TA are both lower than what the borates how-to sticky post recommends, but won't that just reduce the acid requirement?
    Your biggest issue at the moment is your low pH. It could possibly be even lower than 6.8 because i think that is the bottom of the test chart. So raise your pH using baking soda or borates. The amount needed can be found using the pool calculator. A VERY low pH can be very harmful to your pool equipment as it can cause corroding/rusting etc. to your filter, pump, and other metal parts in your pool.
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    Re: Okay to go ahead with adding borates?

    Okay, added borax to get pH up. How long to wait before testing again?
    Sue

    18' round Sharkline Matrix AGP / 8600 Gal. / sand filter / Aqua Trol SWG
    Pool owner since 2001. Thanks to TFP for helping me convert off Baquacil after six years!

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    Re: Okay to go ahead with adding borates?

    You can test for ph 30 minutes after changing it.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: Okay to go ahead with adding borates?

    Thanks. Now I'm at ph 7.4 and TA 80. Borates 10-15. Think it's okay to go ahead with adding borates after my swim?
    Sue

    18' round Sharkline Matrix AGP / 8600 Gal. / sand filter / Aqua Trol SWG
    Pool owner since 2001. Thanks to TFP for helping me convert off Baquacil after six years!

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    Re: Okay to go ahead with adding borates?

    Yes go for it!!!!!
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    Re: Okay to go ahead with adding borates?

    Yep, commence borating.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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