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    why liquid chlorine opposed to the 3" tabs?

    Just curious:

    Cheaper long term? Less harmful effects from the "stuff" in the tabs, etc......
    Or even the granular stuff. Is there a link explain this anywhere?

    Also thos on BBB method can or do you drip any way. Or do you use something like Penatir Inteelichem or hayward sense & dispense. Or is there a cheaper way to go about this?
    FWIW I already have the Pentair Easy touch unit so adding the intellichem is just the cost of the unit at this point.

    I have always used tabs in past w/o issue....thru a chlorinator
    Now interested in the BBB method.

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    Re: why liquid chlorine opposed to the 3" tabs?

    Trichlor pucks, tabs, sticks, etc. all add both Chlorine and CYA, the Chlorine gets used up, but the CYA continues to build and eventually causes overstabilization of the active Chlorine which leads to algae outbreaks, etc. Those rare people that are using Trichlor and never have a problem tend to be those that have large amounts of water replacement (perhaps backwashing an undersized sand filter very often, lots of rain, etc.) and a short swim season.

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    Re: why liquid chlorine opposed to the 3" tabs?

    nice. any links to the type of doser setup you have....

    Kind of like my saltwater tank! I have peristillic pumps that dose ~ 300ml a day of Alkalinity and calcium to the tank, and I check weekly and then just manually add the extra needed.

    I'd love to setup a simple way to automatically drip/add chlorine and then just manually add some extra as needed. Also where do you add the chlorine as I'd imagine you can't add it to the plumbing due to pressure?
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    Re: why liquid chlorine opposed to the 3" tabs?

    Here is a great thread to read about chlorine injecting....

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/viewtopic.php?t=29652

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    Re: why liquid chlorine opposed to the 3" tabs?

    I have always used tabs in past w/o issue....thru a chlorinator
    Now interested in the BBB method.
    Well, as Isaac mentioned, maybe you are one of the ones with the perfect storm to be able to use the tabs successfully.

    As an aside, if you switch (from tabs which are acidic) you will not be monitoring to raise your TA and pH, but will be using Muriatic Acid to lower pH. Having the waterfall will also cause a pH rise.
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    Re: why liquid chlorine opposed to the 3" tabs?

    My liquid chlorine experience has been a very stable environment my ph never moves off 7.5 and my TA is always 90 and my water has always been borates as well, love the BBB
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    Re: why liquid chlorine opposed to the 3" tabs?

    With all the problems with CYA buildup when using trichlor, i don't understand why they just dont make it stabilizer free. Is it marketing or does it not hold up.

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    Re: why liquid chlorine opposed to the 3" tabs?

    Quote Originally Posted by aiannar974
    With all the problems with CYA buildup when using trichlor, i don't understand why they just dont make it stabilizer free. Is it marketing or does it not hold up.

    Anthony
    It doesn't hold up. The chemistry doesn't work. If someone can invent a chlorine tab that doesn't contain calcium or CYA, they'll be a multimillionaire from the users of this board alone.
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