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    CYA %99-100?; on the market did Clorox take over? What to look for or stay away from?

    The normal stabilizer CYA brand I've bought Kem-Tek looks like it got a shove off the shelf from Clorox products at my home store...

    So now they advertise for pools & spa's (Clorox Pool&Spa 4-lb Stabilizer Pool Balancer) OR another jug for use with SWG... (Clorox Pool and Spa My Salt Pool Saltwater Stabilizer, 5.5 lbs)

    What do I look for to make sure I'm getting the right thing? 99-100% CYA or? I've have all three pool,spa & SWG. I don't know why; I'm just not sold on Clorox being in this market being the sole marketer. I'm not going to step foot into a pool store & nobody can drag me back there.

    Any help to clarify my CYA needs?
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    Re: CYA %99-100?; on the market did Clorox take over? What to look for or stay away f

    Apparently, it's just marketing. They're both the same stuff: 100% Cyanuric acid

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    Re: CYA %99-100?; on the market did Clorox take over? What to look for or stay away f

    The fine print says cyanuric acid 99% on the kemtech.
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    Re: CYA %99-100?; on the market did Clorox take over? What to look for or stay away f

    Well a SWG requires higher CYA levels ... so I am going to guess that is why they put out a bigger bucket. Kind of weird. Buy which ever is the cheapest per pound.
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    Re: CYA %99-100?; on the market did Clorox take over? What to look for or stay away f

    Thank you all!
    I scratched my head before I found TFP & thanks to all the for this great advice!!!
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    Re: CYA %99-100?; on the market did Clorox take over? What to look for or stay away f

    FWIW, the guy at Lowe's where I buy my Kem-Tek CYA told me that Clorox had bought out Kem-Tek and was just branding it differently. I have no idea if he was correct.

    As for the change from 4 lbs to 5 lbs, my guess is that it gives them an excuse to raise the price of the bottle, even if the price per pound doesn't change significantly. It means you have to buy 5 lbs whether you need 1 lb or 5. Still cheaper than most pool stores, though.
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    Re: CYA %99-100?; on the market did Clorox take over? What to look for or stay away f

    The clorox company doesn't make the pool chemicals and actually kem tek doesnt make their pool chemicals either. If I'm thinking right it is KIK Custom Products that make them. Ever who it is makes several brand names and they just wanted the clorox name on their box because it is familiar with everyone (hence bleach and cleaning supplies). I read this somewhere earlier this year when I noticed Clorox Pool and Spa replaced Aqua Chem at Walmart and Lowes.

    I did notice Clorox Pool and Spa Chlorine Stabilizer states 100% Cyanuric Acid on the bottle so yes that is what your looking for. It is $12.77 for 4 lbs at Walmart. Last year when it was Aqua Chem Stabilizer, it was $13.47 for 3 lbs so it seems clorox is a little cheaper but it's the same thing and probably came through the same factory.
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    Re: CYA %99-100?; on the market did Clorox take over? What to look for or stay away f

    I read in Pool and Spa News that it is just Chlorox branding. Chlorox does not make any of it.
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    Re: CYA %99-100?; on the market did Clorox take over? What to look for or stay away f

    KIK Custom Products has owned BioLab since 2014 (yes the Clorox stuff comes from the same place as all of BioLab's products)

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