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    Baking soda causes SWG to say to much salt?

    I put some baking soda mixed in a bucket through the skimmer the other day and about 30 minutes later noticed my aqua logic saying the salt level was to high. Is their a reason behind this? Should I turn off the SWG when adding baking soda through the skimmer? I turned the percentage to 0 then turned it back to my normal operating percentage a few minutes later and the message was gone.
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    Re: Baking soda causes SWG to say to much salt?

    We do not recommend adding any chemical into the skimmer ... problem solved
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    Re: Baking soda causes SWG to say to much salt?

    Ditto
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    Re: Baking soda causes SWG to say to much salt?

    Ok so just pour infront of a return?
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    Re: Baking soda causes SWG to say to much salt?

    yep
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    Re: Baking soda causes SWG to say to much salt?

    Most swg's use conductivity of the water as an extrapolation of the salt level. Since baking soda is sodium bicarb, passing a concentrated mixture of it through the cell could cause the cell to temporarily read the salt level higher than it really is.
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    Re: Baking soda causes SWG to say to much salt?

    Ok thanks. On a side question. My TA was 50. I added baking soda to raise it to 70 but had to add MA soon after to adjust PH so TA is now 60. Should I leave it and let it rise normally or add more baking soda to raise?
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    Re: Baking soda causes SWG to say to much salt?

    TA would only rise if your top-off water had high TA. I would just leave it. The lower TA may help stabilize your pH, or at least slow the rise.
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