I've been balancing through pool calculator for the past month and everything's been generally fine...no algae or cloudiness, but the water seems a bit harsh and I can't tell if I'm doing something wrong or missing something:
Here are my numbers via Taylor 2006 Test:
FC= 1.8 (I know this is low, and I need to shock up)
PH= 8.0 (I know this is high, need to add Muriatic Acid)
So here's my question: I haven't added any borax to the pool since I first started using BBB method. Clearly my Ph has remained high...And I've never added any baking soda either. It seems like my numbers have always been in the ballpark, and the only daily dumps are bleach...and that's it.
I assume this is ok?
One thing about pool calculator that I can't figure out is the borate section. How do I even test for Borate? Isn't that the same thing as the PH test?
Thanks for your help!