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    Pool test kit...what to buy?

    Hi everyone,

    My pool is in its first year and getting a workout in this heat wave!
    I have been wary of the pool store tests, but have only had a very basic kit (pH, chlorine, TA).
    I'd like to be able to do all of the necessary testing myself. What do people recommend?

    Chlorine is remaining within limits and pH is good. TA always seems to be low (80-100, and should be higher for my fibreglass pool).

    I keep referring back to this site and reading posts, lots of my issues have been solved that way. Finally getting my head around pool chemistry.

    Also....can any Aussie members help me out with where they buy chemicals and tests online with reliable service? My first attempt was a fail, the chlorine test tablets I needed took weeks to arrive (no store in my town unfortunately). Postage should have been overnight.

    Feeling like I have only skimmed the surface of what I should be doing.

    Cheers from Aus!
    Zel Just keep swimming…..I'm new to this.
    12,680 Gal, IG fiberglass, Viron cartridge filter & Viron P600 EVO pump (variable flow), multi-cyclone pre filter, SWG, solar, installed Aug 13 Vic Aus, Robot Cleaner

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    Re: Pool test kit...what to buy?

    Welcome to TFP!

    We have some members from Down Under who have gotten hold of the Taylor K2006, and the TF-100. These are the best pool kits on the market and use the exact same reagents. I'm sure they will weigh in soon, and can perhaps help you out.
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    Re: Pool test kit...what to buy?

    Thanks! I'll look into those for a start!
    Zel Just keep swimming…..I'm new to this.
    12,680 Gal, IG fiberglass, Viron cartridge filter & Viron P600 EVO pump (variable flow), multi-cyclone pre filter, SWG, solar, installed Aug 13 Vic Aus, Robot Cleaner

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    Re: Pool test kit...what to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brushpup
    Welcome to TFP!

    We have some members from Down Under who have gotten hold of the Taylor K2006, and the TF-100. These are the best pool kits on the market and use the exact same reagents. I'm sure they will weigh in soon, and can perhaps help you out.
    It would seem that it is fairly difficult to source these kits in Australia. One of the Taylor kits on ebay for $450. That seems crazy compared to the US stores.
    Zel Just keep swimming…..I'm new to this.
    12,680 Gal, IG fiberglass, Viron cartridge filter & Viron P600 EVO pump (variable flow), multi-cyclone pre filter, SWG, solar, installed Aug 13 Vic Aus, Robot Cleaner

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    Re: Pool test kit...what to buy?

    I ran out of test tablets for chlorine levels. It was high, then went to the pool shop in another town to get some more (my online order never arrived)…..thought I would get my water tested. They said my pool had virtually no chlorine in it and would turn green in the next few days. Asked me to shock the pool. When I went home and tested, chlorine was at the lower end of normal (ideal range on my test is 1.0-1.5) Mine tested 1.0 (by colour comparison).

    I thought it was strange and asked how it would drop so quickly when I have my salt chlorinator on the highest output level (2 x 4 hours). I had turned it up while I was out of test tablets….to make sure it didn't get too low. Told me that recent lightning storms would have sucked the chlorine out of the pool. Is that a myth? Also said that after a few days of lightning, everyone will be in the shop asking why their pools have gone green. I know lightning may affect the electrical charge of chemicals…..but this seems like a myth to me. Any chemists out there have an opinion?
    Zel Just keep swimming…..I'm new to this.
    12,680 Gal, IG fiberglass, Viron cartridge filter & Viron P600 EVO pump (variable flow), multi-cyclone pre filter, SWG, solar, installed Aug 13 Vic Aus, Robot Cleaner

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    Re: Pool test kit...what to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGoodies
    Told me that recent lightning storms would have sucked the chlorine out of the pool. Is that a myth? Also said that after a few days of lightning, everyone will be in the shop asking why their pools have gone green. I know lightning may affect the electrical charge of chemicals…..but this seems like a myth to me. Any chemists out there have an opinion?
    I laughed at this. There's not enough light produced by lightning to change your chlorine levels, but I did a bit of research and lightning does fix nitrogen. That fixed nitrogen dissolves in the rain and when it falls in your pool it feeds the algae, which could then lower your chlorine level. So, there's at least a mechanism there.
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    Re: Pool test kit...what to buy?

    In Australia, you can import from saltwater pool parts - shipping is dear, but quick - the $450 ebay kit is a ripoff - that's a k-2006C - larger reagent sizes (66ml vs 22) I have some reagents in stock if you just need the FAS-DPD test, will work as long as you have a 10ml measuring cylinder. PM me for details, I'm an Aussie as well and had the same problems getting a kit.
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    Two mustard algae events, lots of bad pool store advice - double the salt level it should be (sigh), large amounts of copper based algaecide, 50 litres of 12.5% liquid chlorine, 2 litres of clarifier. $300 in chemicals in two weeks.

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    Re: Pool test kit...what to buy?

    Do a search in the forum for test kit and Australia. There are a few members that found it is cheaper to buy a test kit in the U.S. and have it shipped than to buy it down under. They would likely be able to help you. Send them a PM.
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    Re: Pool test kit...what to buy?

    Thanks everyone for the help.

    Another question. My TA is low (pool shop said this and I confirmed with my own test). I get around 80 on the test and the booklet says it should be 120-140 for a fibre glass pool. Should I be concerned by the low TA? Is it likely to self correct? I was going to wait until I had accurate results from a test kit, but that could take a while….

    Thanks,
    Zel Just keep swimming…..I'm new to this.
    12,680 Gal, IG fiberglass, Viron cartridge filter & Viron P600 EVO pump (variable flow), multi-cyclone pre filter, SWG, solar, installed Aug 13 Vic Aus, Robot Cleaner

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    Re: Pool test kit...what to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGoodies
    Thanks everyone for the help.

    Another question. My TA is low (pool shop said this and I confirmed with my own test). I get around 80 on the test and the booklet says it should be 120-140 for a fibre glass pool. Should I be concerned by the low TA? Is it likely to self correct? I was going to wait until I had accurate results from a test kit, but that could take a while….

    Thanks,
    I wouldn't worry based on the Pool Store reading. It may be a little low, but it may not. I would be more concerned with pH and chlorine levels until you know for sure. If you follow Jason's advice, it won't take long to have a proper kit in hand. I don't remember specifics for TA in a FG pool, but can't imagine it's that critical for the short term.
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    Re: Pool test kit...what to buy?

    Most people wish they had a TA of around 80 ... If you raise it higher, that will just make the pH rise faster.
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