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Thread: How do I know how much stabilizer to add?

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    Oct 2013
    Lady Lake, FL

    How do I know how much stabilizer to add?

    How do I know how much stabilizer to add?

    I have a 16000 gallon SW IG gunite pool ... the previous owner neglected it, but had a pool guy taking care of it while it was on the market, so the plaster looks bad, but the water was great. ...for the first four months it was perfect, and almost no maintenance (central florida OCT - FEB - so water temp was low 70s) ... then I decided I was pushing my luck so I went to the professionals ... a pool store, for the free water test ... I did it weekly for about two months, and after spending a few hundred on chemicals and doing exactly what they said I had a foamy, cloudy mess that smelled funny and my chlorine was almost non-existent ... it wasn't green, but it was cloudy enough I couldn't even see the drain at the bottom ... when they told me I should go ahead and buy a new SWG I walked out. That was the last time I was there.

    I fretted for about a day, googled things for a day, then called the SWG manufacturer and gave him my numbers ... he said the SWG was fine, but given my location and the amount of rain we had last spring I should check phosphates. Phosphates were high so I replaced about 2000 gallons, and I added about 8 gallons of unstabilized bleach over the next two weeks, and I bought a Taylor K-2006 FAS-DPD test kit (abt $60 on Amazon or Ebay) ... and two weeks later it was once again crystal clear.

    My latest numbers are as follows:
    FC = 7
    CC = 0
    pH = 7.6
    TA = 99
    CH = 260
    CyA = 0 (given my FC reading I'm not sure if I should be worried about this ... but anything I do to extend the life of my SWG would be good).

    ... can anyone tell me the best/cheapest stabilizer to add, and how to calculate dosage? (that is the one piece of info I can't find in the Taylor Test Kit - Pool Water Chemistry Bible.
    Jim Boss
    30kgal IG SW pool (2016)
    -- Hayward Aqua Plus controller
    -- 2hp Hayward Ecostar variable speed pump
    -- (2) Hayward GVA-24 valve actuators (solar and water feature)

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    pwrstrk's Avatar
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    Aug 2012
    Elverson Pa.
    Welcome to TFP !!

    You can use the pool calc to figure out your CYA dosage calc.html.
    Use granular stabilizer , it's cheaper. You can get it Walmart or pool store. You'll want your CYA level to be 70-80 ppm for your SWG.
    Here is some other good reading pool-school/salt_water_chlorine_generators
    Lots of other good reading in pool school.
    24'x54" AG Morada RTR (by wilbar) 13'500 gal. Hayward Powerflo Matrix 1hp 2 speed. Hayward Perflex EC65 DE filter.

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    linen's Avatar
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    Jul 2010
    Twin Cities, MN

    Re: How do I know how much stabilizer to add?

    Welcome to tfp, jboss

    Just curious how did you come up with a value of 99 using the K-2006? Each drop is either 10 ppm (if using the 25 ml sample) or 25 ppm (if using the 10 ml sample).

    Per the link that pwrstrk pointed out to you, our recommended cya level for a swg pool is 70-80 ppm. This will reduce the on time of your swg, and in-turn increase calender life.

    Phosphate levels do not matter in a properly chlorinated pool.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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