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Thread: Chlorine levels go down quickly is stabilizer inportant?

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    Chlorine levels go down quickly is stabilizer inportant?

    PH is high 7.8
    Stabilizer 0
    Water is clear but very hard to keep chlorine level in safe zone.
    What would you do?
    13500 gal in ground Marcite/Gunite pool, Cartrige filter Hayward brand filter and pump 1 HP. Water from Well Aqua test strips
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    Re: Chlorine levels go down quickly is stabilizer inportant?

    add 4lbs of stabilizer to get it around 40 (my pool roughly same size as yours)

    The cya will bring down your ph a bit too, so don't bring that down yet.

    edit: just noticed your using guess strips (test strips are just not very accurate)

    you need a TF100 or Taylor K2006C test kit to get proper test results before you do anything.
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    Re: Chlorine levels go down quickly is stabilizer inportant?

    Welcome to TFP!

    Yes, stabilizer protects chlorine from the sun. It is also known as cyanuric acid or CYA for short. You want to have 50 ppm of CYA for your sunny location. PH at 7.8 is fine. More here about how to add CYA to your pool, Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals

    Do some reading here, ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry And here, Pool School - Getting Started

    Edit: or 40 for CYA is fine to start with.
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    Re: Chlorine levels go down quickly is stabilizer inportant?

    Without any stabilizer in the pool water, the half-life of chlorine is about 35mins give or take. So, in a little over four hours of direct noon time sun, you will lose 94% of the chlorine in your pool. SO the answer to your question is - yes, stabilizer is very important.
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    Re: Chlorine levels go down quickly is stabilizer inportant?

    How have you managed in sunny FL up to this point to keep your pool algae free? Or perhaps haven't? How does your water look?

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    Re: Chlorine levels go down quickly is stabilizer inportant?

    Recommended test kit here
    http://tftestkits.net/splash-page.html

    BTW, the magnetic stirrer makes it so much easier to test with. Highly recommend when you get the kit.
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