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    new pool - first test

    Hi, looks like a great forum! first post here...

    My first test results included TA: 230 (high) and ph: 7.5. Everything else was right in the normal range. From what I understand, TA is more or less directly related to ph in that you use acid to lower them both. So the question is: How do I lower the TA into a more normal range and still keep the ph up?

    I added 2 lbs of ph reducer noting that it would likely affect the ph a lot. That only lowered my TA ppm by 20 to 210ppm. It reduced the ph to 7.1 or so and you certainly can feel that when you swim! I see by this writeup: that I might need aeration? It seems like i have a long way to go to get the TA in the right range, so it seemed worth it to ask.

    Thank you in advance for you help!!
    13k gal, sand w/ 1hp 40gpm pump, AG

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    Re: new pool - first test

    Welcome to TFP!

    You get to play the "up and down" game with PH/TA. Now that you have the PH down you find a way to aerate it. I have one of these ... +sprinkler

    I turn it so that it is over the water when I need to get my PH up. Otherwise I just leave it down to circulate the water. It only takes a couple of days to get it back up to 7.8. Once it does I start all over again. Add acid to bring PH down. Aerate to bring it back up. It worked for me.

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    Re: new pool - first test

    Welcome to TFP!

    Here is the process to lower your TA. Keep in mind also that for some, getting the TA down takes a while...from several days to a few weeks depending on how effectivce your aeration is.

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