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    Silly Borax Question

    For the chemistry experts...

    Practically speaking, what's the difference between borax and BioGuard's Balance Pak 200 (aka 100% Sodium Carbonate)?

    The BioGuard stuff is left over, and since I've switched to BBB, my pH never goes down. I'm trying to figure out if there's any use at all for this stuff.
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    Re: Silly Borax Question

    For raising pH, on a practical level, nothing.

    For the feel, the sparkle, or the algaestatic properties, they're totally different chemicals.
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    Re: Silly Borax Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320
    For the feel, the sparkle, or the algaestatic properties, they're totally different chemicals.
    That's what I figured. Thanks for the confirmation.
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