I read pool school, got the tft-100, asked questions and received almost immediate answers from you guys - I'm in complete control of my pool now - fixed my SWG (with advice from here) and was confident using bleach before SWG came back online - basically my "pool store" bill has dropped from about 140/month (algae killer, phos free, scale remover) to about 32/month (muriatic acid) - bringing me to a big THANK YOU (became lifetime member today ) and my question:
I worked hard to get my TA down so I could borate the pool - and I did - had it down to 80. After borates my acid requirement (32% muriatic) is about 40 Oz every other day to keep the pH around 7.4-7.5 - this is markedly less than before borates; however my TA is creeping up - it's now up to 120. I've seen some posts where people said just control your pH and the TA will find it's happy point - mine TA happy point seems to be borderline too high, and I'm not sure where it's going to stop - if it goes up any higher will probably loose sleep over it . My CSI hangs around 0 on the pool calc.
So do I stick with the 40 Oz every other day to keep pH 7.4-7.5 and let TA go where it does OR do I keep the TA low (involves adding 60 Oz Muriatic acid twice a day and aerating (running water fall). It's a difference of 1 gallon Muriatic acid every 6 days or 1 gallon/day - that's a big difference.
This evening (sun off pool)
FC 4.5 CC 0.5
CYA 50 (bringing it up slowly since I got SWG back online, added some yesterday so giving it time before adding more)
CH 450 (well water)
Borates about 50
Water is clear