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Thread: Is it worth it to add salt to a pool with borates added

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    Is it worth it to add salt to a pool with borates added

    Saw this thread and was curious.
    Hotrod30 asked "Is it worth it to add salt to a pool with borates added?"
    Didn't see an answer so I was wondering what do you all think?
    Thanks.
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    Re: Can you add salt....

    I have both in my pool. Borates added last year, then added salt this winter when I installed the SWG. Borates improved water feel, salt improved it further. It's just getting to be the first swim season with the salt in, I'll get some opinions tonight. We both love it.
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    Can you add salt....

    Will the added salt help with keeping algae at bay without an swg? Also, does it seem to help with keeping aquatic critters from invading? I'm going to add salt to my pool soon!
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    Re: Can you add salt....

    Last year we added borates to the pool per TFP instructions and really liked it.
    This year we had some pockets of algae on the pool bottom, but did not have the green water as in previous years, like when we opened it in June last year when the hot weather was already here.
    This weekend we added 4 bags of 40# Morton Solar salt. The kids stirred it up and it dissolved in less than an hour. Today the water feels nice, warm, soft, and looks sparkly. Not sure if the salt had anything to do with it, but I know following BBB guidelines had everything to do with it.

    Thanks to everyone at TFP!
    16 x 28 Doughboy Mystic Garden AGP with 7' deep end (used expandable vinyl liner) ~11,800 gals. Deep end main drain. Thru-the-wall skimmer, one return at deep end. Media Master 150# sand filter. Doughboy PowerPak II pump, 1 hp. Pentair MinimaxCH 150m natural gas heater. Polaris 65 when it feels like working . TF-100 test kit. No longer 'pool stored' 5 years and counting. In sunny but fickle metro-Detroit.

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    Re: Can you add salt....

    It won't help with the algae. I don't know about the critters.
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