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    Using Tricolor to Raise CYA?

    Hello all!
    This is the first question the search bar has failed me on, so here it goes:
    If my CYA is low, and I am using Trichlor to raise both FC and CYA, does the CYA reading happen quickly, or is it the same week long wait as if I had hung the stabilizer in the return with the sock method?
    PH 7.7
    FC 1 (oops) CC .5
    TA 90
    CH 160
    CYA 20
    Borate 30?
    salt 780

    Added 14oz of Trichlor after this reading. Pool math says that should raise the CYA by 3.1

    So I am guessing by adding another 28oz of Tricolor, as the FC needs to be raised, I will then be at a CYA of 30.

    I ask, because I have added Tricolor a couple of times, and I don't see the CYA increase PoolMath says I should see. My notes say I added 40oz of Tricolor on 4/18 when I had a cya of 25.
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    Re: Using Tricolor to Raise CYA?

    It can take some type, Chemgeek has posted the chemcial process before and it does involve multiple steps, but I have not seen a timeline on how this compares to dry CYA. Are you sure you don't have a water leak which may be lowering your CYA through dilution from fill water?
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    Re: Using Tricolor to Raise CYA?

    First, I will say that pucks are generally not the best way to raise CYA. It is most always more precise to add the CYA seperately in a measured dose.

    That said, the CYA will register on your tests once the pucks are dissolved.
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    Re: Using Tricolor to Raise CYA?

    I'd go with pure cya granules from Wally World. Save the pucks for vacation and times away.
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    Re: Using Tricolor to Raise CYA?

    Trichlor will also lower your PH, so it's marginal already, now you have 2 issues to deal with.
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    Re: Using Tricolor to Raise CYA?

    You can use Pool Math to determine just what each puck would do to your water balance. I sometimes use them so I have written on the top of the container just what each puck will do in my volume of water.

    In my case:
    Trichlor
    1 puck = 7.2 oz.
    FC +2.5
    CYA +1.5
    pH -.14
    salt +2.1
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    Re: Using Tricolor to Raise CYA?

    Good idea. I do have a few dichlors for quick emergency uses. Only time i used them was last year for initial start up
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    Re: Using Tricolor to Raise CYA?

    That is a good thought, but I do not believe I have a leak as I have not had to add water yet.
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    Re: Using Tricolor to Raise CYA?

    I think I am messing up the respond thing, sorry guys.
    I do have some pucks that I have slated to keep snakes out of my wood pile.
    The Triclor is from a purchase I made before I found TFP.
    My PH is trying to creep up due to being covered I think. Either way, the change in PH from the Trichlor is ok in this case.
    I have some of the CYA Granules, I put in a bottle and a half last year because I did not realize how long it would take to dissolve. Also before I found TFP.
    Did i mention I love TFP?
    It is great to know if I find something mundane, or truly weird someone else has seen it or heard of it, and i can avoid it.
    Thanks everyone!
    19K gal, IG, 16x32 vinyl, sand filter and 1HP pump look like Hayward models, on an Intermatic timer.
    Testing with K-2006, LaMotte Borate strips, Aqua Check salt strips to fill in all the spaces in Pool Math!

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