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Thread: Should I raise borate level?

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    Should I raise borate level?

    Split by moderator from HERE. Please start a new thread for your own questions. Thanks, jblizzle

    please let me tell you that I am new to the BBB method. I have studied this site for a week now and just order my testing kit that won't arrive until next Tuesday. So I am relying on the numbers from the pool store until it does. Am I to understand that the optimum amount of Borate is 50? I had it up to 41 and then vacuumed to waste and the level fell back down to 31. I have a very small 21 ft round and had some white matter in the bottom so I thought vacuuming to waste would be the norm. Should I stop vacuuming to waste? Should I bring the Borate level back up to 50? The alkalinity is at 112ppm. Everything else is perfect. Should I not do anything until I get the new test kit?

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    Re: Should I raise borate level?

    How often have you been dosing with chlorine/bleach? How much? It's important to keep a residual of chlorine, keep the algae at bay, the other numbers you can address when the test kit comes in.
    You are correct the optimum amount for borates is 50. You can vac to the filter, then clean out the filter, it helps maintain chemical levels. Saves water also.
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    Re: Should I raise borate level?

    If you want or need to lower TA, you need to do it before you add borates.
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    Re: Should I raise borate level?

    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieH View Post
    If you want or need to lower TA, you need to do it before you add borates.

    It is much harder to move once you add them
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