My test results (cause I knew you'd ask):
So far since having the pool for a little over a month, I have been adding acid and bleach every other day. I have salt now for a week and chlorine has stayed at 4.5-5 so that has helped reduce addition of chemicals but I'm still dealing with adding acid.
I want to get my TA down but we had a crazy windstorm a couple of weeks ago, 70-80 mph winds (I took a video of it blowing the water out of the pool, I may try to post it). Anyway my TA started out at 90 and went up to 110 after the storm. I add acid when pH gets to 7.8-8.0 and take it down to 7.2 and the TA has dropped by doing that. I am having to add 60-70 oz 31.45% MA every other day.
My questions are: will having a lower TA help this not rise so fast?
Would borates also help? I know i need TA to be lower before i add this but it scares me because if I plug 30ppm borates into pool calculator then it takes 125oz MA to get pH down from 8 to 7.2 and I don't want to do that every other day, 70 oz is bad enough. I would like to have it where I just have to add MA once a week, is this fantasy?