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    Stabilizer mystery

    Hi all,

    I had 0 for CYA last month so I purchased an 8 lbs stabilizer from leslies last month, and I had my water tested today, and I am back down to 0. Any idea where that stabilizer went?

    What am I doing wrong?

    Also any place cheaper to buy stabilizer?

    15000 gal pool - Salt
    15,000Gal AG , Plaster, DE, 1.5HP, Compupool SWG

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    Re: Stabilizer mystery

    Quote Originally Posted by ggenovez View Post
    Hi all,

    I had 0 for CYA last month so I purchased an 8 lbs stabilizer from leslies last month, and I had my water tested today, and I am back down to 0. Any idea where that stabilizer went?

    What am I doing wrong?

    Also any place cheaper to buy stabilizer?

    15000 gal pool - Salt
    WalMart is the least expensive I know. Who is testing, you or the store?
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    Re: Stabilizer mystery

    Quote Originally Posted by tim5055 View Post
    WalMart is the least expensive I know. Who is testing, you or the store?

    store. what causes the stabilizer to be consumed?
    15,000Gal AG , Plaster, DE, 1.5HP, Compupool SWG

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    Re: Stabilizer mystery

    Quote Originally Posted by ggenovez View Post
    store. what causes the stabilizer to be consumed?
    I would bet that it is not being consumed but is right there in your pool where you put it.

    If you have read around here much you have probably seen that not much credence is given to pool store testing. While you would think that a "professional" would be the best, unfortunately in most cases it is quite the opposite. Between employees who blindly trust the word of chemical sales representatives and high school kids working in the pool store for the summer you end up with poor results from their testing. The test they mess up the most is the CYA test

    To follow the pool care methods taught here you need to arm yourself with the knowledge and tools necessary to care for your pool.

    The tools are not limited to the brushes, vacuum hoses and other stuff you use around the pool, but include the most important item that you need - one of the recommended test kits. You can buy a kit at a pool store, but again the pool store kits generally won't cut it. To effectively practice the TFPC methods, the FAS/DPD chlorine test is essential. All these kits contain that test while very few other kits do. Think of it this way, do you see a doctor blindly prescribing drugs without seeing the patient or having tests run? Here at TFP we are going to ask for photos so we can see the condition of the water and are going to ask for a full set of test results.

    The knowledge is condensed in the Pool School link at the top of every page. It is a great community here, but we do ask that you read and try to understand the information being taught. Questions are always welcome and folks will try to direct you and teach you the methods.

    So, welcome to TFP!!
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    Re: Stabilizer mystery

    To add to that, I bet the pool store employee is testing the stabilizer indoors, which is not as accurate as having your back towards the sun.
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    Re: Stabilizer mystery

    Tim, you might be right, but I can also tell you that my pool does not retain chorine. It will have a greenish heu, I'll add 4 gallons of beach, it will start to go blue, and go right back to green, all within a couple of days.
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    Re: Stabilizer mystery

    I highly recommend you invest in one of the Recommended Test Kits.

    Given you description of the pools color (adding chlorine and making it blue and then it shift back to green), I think you need to follow the ShockLevelAndMAINTAIN Process to cleanse your pool.
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