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    Borates

    I feel like I've gotten my testing methods and pool maintenance under control. I was reading about Borates and I just wanted to type this out to make sure...based on my calculations for my pool size, I would need over 130 lbs of the 20 Mule? That can't be right can it???
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    Re: Borates

    According to my PoolMath results to go from 0 to 50 ppm in 20k gallons I get
    1177 oz borax or 73-1/2 lbs, I think the boxes at the grocery store are around 4 lbs, so 19 boxes. Might need to hit a couple of stores for that.
    561 oz muriatic acid or 4.4 gallons

    Or you can order 764 oz of granular boric acid from Dude Diesel. Or 47-3/4 lbs. Which is handy because they sell a 55 lb bucket.

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    Re: Borates

    I highly recommend the boric acid from Duda Diesel. You don't have to add the muratic acid, and once I ordered it, we received it just a couple of days. Great service!
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    Re: Borates

    I used the Boric acid from Duda Diesel and i highly recommend going that route. It will cost you roughly the same amount of money but a lot less time. Plus you will have some left over so you can make the small maintenance additions every once in a while. Be sure to get your PH set before you add it. It wouldn't hurt to have your PH a little on the high side because the Boric acid will lower it slightly.
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    Re: Borates

    I ordered from Bulk Apothecary, $13 cheaper for the 55lb pale than Duda Diesel.
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    Re: Borates

    Check eBay, granular boric acid, bag can be found cheap.
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    Re: Borates

    I did read that article but totally did the calculation wrong. Thanks everyone, the 55lb bag of Boric acid seems the way to go, that way I don't have to mess with MA.
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    Spa 450 gal, Tropic Seas Waikiki 864L, Bromine
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