I have a newly built pool and am working on getting the chemicals balanced. So far, things are pretty good. The TA was a bit high at 170 originally but I have gotten that down to 120. As of last test I was at:
Reading the guide info on the Pool Calculator it says:
The ideal TA level depends on several factors. If you are using acidic chlorine sources, such as trichlor or dichlor, keep TA on the high side, perhaps between 100 and 120. If you have a SWG, or if you commonly run water features such as a spa, waterfall, or fountain, keep TA on the low side, between 60 and 80. Otherwise levels between 70 and 90 are good. Pools with plaster surfaces should factor their CSI into the preferred TA level decision.
I have a trichlor tablet feeder, but I also have 4 spillway water features that we like to run a lot. I am not sure whether I should shoot for the 100-120 or the 60-80, or shoot for somewhere in the middle. I plan to add borates to the pool soon so I want to get the TA balanced to a good level first. Is there anyone that either knows or has a similar pool setup that can advise on what the best TA level has been for them to keep pH manageable? I have read that it will be harder to adjust after adding the borates.
Whether it matters or not, I am going to monitor the CYA to see if I have a problem with the trichlor chlorine source, then possibly switch to bleach or a "The Liquidator" if that proves to be necessary.