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    Salt in a non SWG pool

    Up until this season, I always had a SWG. I loved the side benefit of the way the salt made the water feel. This year I am using the LQ. I also for the first time ever added borates to 50 ppm. It seems to be effectively preventing the white stuff in my LQ. But the water doesn't feel as nice on the skin as the salt pool did. Does anyone put in salt even though they don't have a SWG? Any problems having salt AND borates?

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    Re: Salt in a non SWG pool

    Quote Originally Posted by feetr2c
    Does anyone put in salt even though they don't have a SWG? Any problems having salt AND borates?
    Yes, many people do. Not a problem to have both.

    What happened to your salt? Many people aim at about 2000 ppm, I would check your levels before you add.
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    Re: Salt in a non SWG pool

    I have to wonder... Suppose I have a 3200 ppm salt concentration in a non-SWG pool. Would this mean I could employ the lower FAC levels of the SWG pool shown in the FAC/CYA chart? It is my understanding that the reason that salt pools need less chlorine is because the types of algae that are present in areas located far from the ocean coasts are not native to salt water, and therefore cannot thrive.

    Pool: IG 22k- 16x32 clipped corners- vinyl liner, w/ a great board. Built in 3/99, new to me 2/2011.
    Equip: Hayward 3600 DE filter, Hayward CL-200 Chlorinator (empty since 7/5/2013).
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    Re: Salt in a non SWG pool

    No, it doesn't work that way. The lower FC levels are a result of the extreme chemistry inside the SWG cell, not the salt.
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