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    Newbie.........

    I just had pool school three weeks ago and have never owned a pool until now after taking water to pinch a penny my results are as follow:
    TC 5.0
    FC 5.0
    PH 7.6
    TA 60
    calcium 225
    stabilizer 25
    salt 3300
    So my question is.....I know I should add baking soda to get my TA up to around 100 but adding baking soda will also increase my PH(which is perfect now).....So what is more important...TA or PH.....because I know once I add it I will than have to add acid to lower my PH......am I understanding this correctly....second thing is my chlorine being 5.0...if I dont put in stabliler will my TC drop to normal levels...or should I add the stablizer now......Thanks in advance.....
    Fifield/37,000 gallons/IG/sand/plaster

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    Re: Newbie.........

    Your levels seem basically fine.

    The only thing I would suggest you do now is order one of the recommended test kits.

    And read Pool School to increase your understanding.

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    Re: Newbie.........

    Seeing you have salt I assume you have an SWG which means your CYA should be higher so your SWG doesn't have to run too much. Your TA is right on the low side of what is recommended so not a biggie. This link shows what you are shooting for for an SWG. The SWG manufacturer may have slightly different specs on the CYA.
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    Re: Newbie.........

    Oops ... I keep missing details tonight. Agree you should likely raise the CYA to recommended values for SWG.

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    Re: Newbie.........

    know I should add baking soda to get my TA up to around 100 but adding baking soda will also increase my PH(which is perfect now)
    Baking soda will have very little affect on your pH.

    Chlorine is consumable and will need to be replenished constantly.

    read "The ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry" up in Pool School
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