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    Help with brand new hot tub...

    I'm starting to get that impression. The FAS/DPD test behaved oddly. I'm using a magnetic stirrer, and the red would clear after about 4 drops. Then after about 5 seconds, the red would come back. I would clear it with more drops, and the red would come back again, until I got up to 15. The...
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    Help with brand new hot tub...

    Here's a picture of the foam, and in the background, the sparkling clear pool, which 2 months ago was a swamp. I can maintain the pool blindfolded using TFP method. A few glugs of bleach every day or two. Maybe a glug of acid once a week. Couple handfuls of baking soda a month. But, the hot...
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    Help with brand new hot tub...

    I have some more information, and a bit of an "ah ha" moment. Here are some numbers I ran: CH: 240 (High, but not obscene) TA: 60 (A little on the low side than I am used to in the pool, but should be OK) pH: Low (Can only test with test strips right now. CYA: 0 (Expected) FC: 15...
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    Help with brand new hot tub...

    Hi, I've been using TFP process on my 15,000 gallon pool for years now without a problem. About a week ago, I got a brand new hot tub (Tropical Seas Spa Rio 751L). It came with that Frog system, and a UV/Ozone sanitation system. I'm not a big fan of them. But, I figured since the Frog...
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    Simple Questions...I Hope:)

    I'd put the Borax in now to target your 7.2 and see what your numbers look like in the morning. Your pH was likely this low all winter, so I don't imagine it would have jumped up that much over night... especially given your low TA values. And, I probably wouldn't suggest taking any action on...
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    Simple Questions...I Hope:)

    The pool calculator is pretty accurate. If you put in the recommended amounts, and it didn't hit your 7.2 target, I'd wait at least an hour before adding more. You don't want to start playing whack a mole with your pH.
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    PH is not going down and have cloudy bluish water

    I'd suggest to stop adding stuff until you get your pH in line. You don't get good test results on pH when you are at shock. Where are you getting your test results from? I have never owned a pH test that could test up to 9. Make sure that your test results are good, and then go to the pool...
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    New pool, first test!

    You're gonna need to keep an eye on your pH definately. With your high TA and... well... not low CH, combine that with a high pH and you're in the scaling range. I'd be shooting for about 7.2 for pH... though you should be OK up to about 7.5... 7.6. That will drive down your TA eventually...
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    Simple Questions...I Hope:)

    It helps buffer your pH. (Though, honestly, I'm not sure of soda ash helps with that). It adds borates to your pool which gives the water a softer feel. It helps control algae. Can purchase it at the grocery store, and is usually right next to bleach. I get to take it away from my son, who...
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    Simple Questions...I Hope:)

    I actually like using Borax better to raise pH. Check the pool calculator yourself, but I am seeing that 115 oz of borax will raise your pH from 6.8 to 7.2.
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    "Spots" Floating on Top of Water

    Do you mean your water is "sparkling"? That's a good thing :) I can't see anything else in the picture.
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    Simple Questions...I Hope:)

    You didn't ask about pH... But, how did you get the 6.8 reading? And did you know why it is low? I get concerned when I see a 6.8 reading, because, that's how low many tests go, which often means you don't know how low it really is. Also, if "6.8" is where your pool naturally finds it's...
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    New pool, first test!

    If you are starting at a CYA of "21" as tested by the pool store, adding 5 lbs of CYA will take you to 45 (as tested by the pool store). I would hold off on adding CYA until you get a good test. Also test your CH. Yes... your TA is high... but it is only worth targeting if it is contributing...
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    Are My Levels Safe For Swimming?

    20 is too high for swimming even if your CYA really is 40.
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    Please help. Haven't opened pool in 3 1/2 years. Never had a pool! Severe help needed

    Not really... for me, ammonia is more of a "boy... this SLAM isn't working... I wonder what's going on" type of problem then a "let's figure it out first" kind of thing. But, since your pool has been sitting wouldn't hurt to run to the pet store and pick up a test kit.... assuming that you...