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    Maintaining water in pool and hot tub more easily?

    I purchased a new house over the winter and am starting my first year of pool maintenance. Up to point, I've had the pump/filter circulating water in the pool and hot tub together. They are connected by a waterfall and I have been leaving that on so that the water will circulate. I've recently learned that the waterfall aeration causes my pH to rise very quickly, so I would like to stop doing it this way. What I need to find out is what is the best way to handle this situation. Do I need to go out and manually change the valves to filter the hot tub water every day?

    I am hoping that there is a better way. I would rather not have to do 2 water tests and manually adjust the valves every day. Thanks in advance for any advice that you can give to this newbie.
    18K galllon gunite pool, 1.5 HP Challenger pump, PB4 booster pump, Stayrite DE filter, Polaris 280 cleaner, in-ground hot tub with waterfall into pool.

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    Re: Maintaining water in pool and hot tub more easily?

    I hope you have manual valves.

    I shut down the drain to my spa and have about 20% of the return go through the spa to the pool. I also shoved the cap from a can of spray paint over the air intake for the spa to reduce the aeration. Just yank it off when you want more bubbles.

    I haven't had any problem with water clarity in the spa.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
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    Re: Maintaining water in pool and hot tub more easily?

    I will take closer look at my valves to see if I can replicate this type of set up. Thanks!
    18K galllon gunite pool, 1.5 HP Challenger pump, PB4 booster pump, Stayrite DE filter, Polaris 280 cleaner, in-ground hot tub with waterfall into pool.

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