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    Newbie Questions...

    Hello, I've been reading the forum for about a week and this is my first post. I bought the TF-100 test kit last week.

    I think I'm on the verge of having this figured out and would like to confirm what I need to do next.
    I've shocked the pool, over the last 3 days and the water is crystal clear. It was filled with new water about a month and a half ago. Never green but did start to get some algae on the bottom. Test results from this morning are;

    FC 6.5
    CC 0
    PH 7.2
    TA 50
    CH 50
    CYA 0 (Just added 2 days ago) Man I wish I knew about this before!

    According to the pool calculator I need the following to reach the recommended targets;

    PH 12 oz Borax
    TA 1 lb 12 oz Baking Soda
    Borates 22 lbs (4.6 boxes) Borax

    Awesome site!! Thanks!
    Intex 6000 gal AG Vinyl, Cartridge filter 1000 gph, SWG. Full sun

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    Re: Newbie Questions...

    You know, the Borates are completely optional, not essential...

    Other than the CYA, your numbers are fine for operating the SWG - I suppose the PH could be bumped a tad.
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
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    Re: Newbie Questions...

    Great! Thanks for the fast response.
    I think I'll read up on the Borates some more. I've been trying to follow the BBB method to the letter since learning about it as it seems to produce great results fromeverything I've read.

    I am looking forward to a great pool season (FINALLY) thanks to this forum!!
    Intex 6000 gal AG Vinyl, Cartridge filter 1000 gph, SWG. Full sun

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    Re: Newbie Questions...

    Hi JoeP and welcome to the forum

    What is your salt level?
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    You're done SLAMing when:
    1)You lose 1ppm or less FC overnight, & 2)You have .5ppm CC's or less, & 3)your water is clear.

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