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Thread: Did anyone here use BioGuard "Softswim" before Baquacil came along?

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    Berks County, PA

    Did anyone here use BioGuard "Softswim" before Baquacil came along?


    My pool store used the "Softswim" (Biguanide system) for many years. I originally started with chlorine, then abandoned that since I got totally frustrated with constantly running into chlorine demand situations. I then switched to the Biguanide system - the water felt silky smooth but it created problems with clogging the filter. It resulted in short filter cycles - constantly taking apart and cleaning the DE grids - it got old after awhile. Then the pool store began switching over to Baquacil - which I currently use for my oxidizing and sanitizing chemicals. I find it to be much more stable in terms of the filter effectiveness. The pressure does not go up as quickly.

    And so, I was just wondering what others' experiences have been with Baquacil and if you like it. Over the past few years they came out with the "CDX" system, which I have not converted to as of yet. One of the problems with the old Softswim system was the development of white water mold in the pool - which REALLY played havoc with the filter...something having to do with the Biguanide molecule just not working well with a DE filter. They then came out with a product called "Assist" that helped to prevent and get rid of the mold. It worked great but was discontinued a few years ago. The CDX system was designed to improve the whole system and prevent the mold. I still have quite a bit of Assist and so have not switched to CDX. Thanks for any thoughts.
    12,000 gal. Anthony IG pool; 3 ft. shallow end to 6 ft. deep end; Built 1989; Renovated July 2014 using a 10-part unexposed quartz plaster aggregate of 3 S-grade Blue, 3 S-grade Gray, 2 T-grade Blue, 2 T-grade Gray; Apollo VA-52 DE Filter; Hayward SP-2607X10 Super Pump 1-HP Single Speed; Jandy AE-Ti Heat Pump; Taylor K-2006 Test Kit

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    Columbia, SC

    Re: Did anyone here use BioGuard "Softswim" before Baquacil came along?

    Can't help you other than to say do a search on "Baquacil" (search is in the upper right of each page) and you will get numerous threads discussing it.
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