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    BBB method working, but not using borax or baking soda.

    Hello all. I have been lurking for 3 months now and with your wonderful help have installed a 24'x54" sharkline matrix pool. I have 1.5hp hayward 2 spd pump and have been running BBB from day one. My question is. I have only added 12.5% bleach to the pool and raised the CYA levels to 30 ppm... That is IT! Am I doing something wrong? I have the Taylor kit recommended on this site and my PH has always stayed balanced from 7.7 to 7.5, my TA was 90 last time i checked. The water is nice and clear. Should I be adding any other chemicals?

    Thanks for you help everyone!

    Test results
    FC 3
    CC 0
    CYA 30
    TA 90
    PH 7.6

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    Re: BBB method working, but not using borax or baking soda.

    Your fine.

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    Re: BBB method working, but not using borax or baking soda.

    Looks good....but I don't believe you without pics.....lol....we love pics
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    Re: BBB method working, but not using borax or baking soda.

    Some people are lucky. My pH has stayed around there also but my TA is high and as I have tried lowering it I think the pH is starting to rise a little more but I'm not sure yet if this is a trend or not. The amount of aeration you get (kids playing splashing, fountains, slides) can impact the pH. More aeration = higher pH... so watch to see if over time if the use pattern of the pool changes if you need to adjust then.

    Sounds like you are doing great so far.
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    Re: BBB method working, but not using borax or baking soda.

    Same here. Bleach and acid, and trichlor pucks when I'm on vacation. Never added borates, never needed baking soda.
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    Re: BBB method working, but not using borax or baking soda.

    Borates is kind of a personal choice item if you do not need them for raising pH. They can impact chlorine consumption, and many like the feel it gives the water, along with a little extra sparkle.

    It sounds like you have things pretty dialed in though, and may not want to change a thing right now.
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    Re: BBB method working, but not using borax or baking soda.

    I would have to agree. I am very happy with my BBB pool. Last year was swamp city.

    This year: Bleach, CYA, Some Borax for PH adjustment and some more later for purty, MA for small PH adjust and the PH for the "purty" Borax. I only added a small amount as the dog drinks some of the water.

    This is how the kids like it!

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    Re: BBB method working, but not using borax or baking soda.

    Quote Originally Posted by techguy
    I would have to agree. I am very happy with my BBB pool. Last year was swamp city.

    This year: Bleach, CYA, Some Borax for PH adjustment and some more later for purty, MA for small PH adjust and the PH for the "purty" Borax. I only added a small amount as the dog drinks some of the water.

    This is how the kids like it!


    Dog on the raft! Awesome!
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    Re: BBB method working, but not using borax or baking soda.

    Kriv, I have dog on raft barking at squirt guns video on my YouTube I will round up a link.
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