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Thread: Test kits TF-100 or TF-50

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    Test kits TF-100 or TF-50

    I already have a basic OTO/PH test kit at home so I am trying to decide if I need the TF-100 or the TF-50? The only differences that I caught for sure is the TF-100 includes the basic test kit I already have as well as more solutions to complete more tests...but since these things expire over time do I really need that many extra? Is it worth the extra $23 for the TF-100?
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    Re: Test kits TF-100 or TF-50

    That depends on how tight on money you are. Most people doing standard testing for an entire pool season will prefer the TF-100, though it is certainly possible to get by with the TF-50 (if you don't get algae too often). The TF-50 has half as much R-0871, which is one of the most common reagents to run out of when you have a TF-100.

    Also, the reagents should last two years (or more) if stored carefully, which is more than enough time to need to do lots of testing.
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    Re: Test kits TF-100 or TF-50

    Personally I would only consider the TF-50 for smaller seasonal pools that start with fresh water every season.

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    Re: Test kits TF-100 or TF-50

    I don't completely agree. If you have a pH/OTO Chlorine block and need to save the money, get the TF 50.
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    Re: Test kits TF-100 or TF-50

    The TF-50 is set up for people like OP who already has a viable pH test (he does) and, As Jason Lion indicates, keeps a pretty clean pool.

    While the TF-100 is the correct choice for the vast majority of us, The TF-50 sounds like a good fit for OP.
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    Re: Test kits TF-100 or TF-50

    Yea I agree on that.
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