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    PH Up vs Borax

    My Taylor test kit shows my ph is below the lowest level on the scale. The tested water has a slight brown color to it.

    What's the difference between adding PH Up (that Walmart sells) versus Borax. I'm honestly not sure where I would even find borax...

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    Re: PH Up vs Borax

    Walmart sells it in the laundry section. Many grocery stores do, too. It would be near the items like Oxy-Clean, etc.
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    Re: PH Up vs Borax

    pH Up contains sodium carbonate (a.k.a., washing soda or soda ash) which is more effective in raising pH vs. Borax. Therefore, to raise the pH to a given target level you would use about one-half the amount of pH Up (by weight) compared to Borax.
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    Re: PH Up vs Borax

    Thanks! Very helpful.

    Should I post my TA number prior to adding anything to raise the ph??? I can do a full range of tests tonight...

    Also, if the tested water is slightly brown - could that be an indication the ph reagent is going bad??
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    Re: PH Up vs Borax

    How old is it? I am not sure I can remember a pH result of "brown" being reported.

    Yes, your TA should be reported as well. What kit are you using?
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    Re: PH Up vs Borax

    Taylor K-2006 Test Kit. The reagent is about a year old.

    I'm going to buy a ph test strip kit at Walmart to double check. Both my wife and I agreed the color was on the brown side.

    What's weird is that my ph was about 7.2 a few weeks ago accoridng to my test kit. I verified that at the local pool store as well. Now the color doesn't even register on my test. Something must be wrong with the reagent.

    Should I clean out the large test tube with something to make sure there is no residual chemicals/reagents in there?
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