Originally Posted by bclaydon
Well, a lot of people here think so, and have used it successfully.Originally Posted by bclaydon
PhosFree doesn't kill algae, it reduces your phosphate level; the argument there is that without phosphates to eat, algae can't grow. Nonsense; algae can grow anyway. Chlorine will kill algae no matter what your phosphates are.Originally Posted by bclaydon
Regarding borates, that's purely optional and even a bit experimental; you can safely ignore the 50ppm borates that people talk about. Borax is still the best chemical way to raise pH that has gotten too low, however.
You need a decent test kit regardless, otherwise you're just guessing when it comes to having adequate chlorine in the pool.Originally Posted by bclaydon
Once it is in the pool chlorine is chlorine, whatever source you use. You don't want to mix them outside the pool though.Originally Posted by bclaydon
Anything new can seem scary. I made some dumb moves when I first started taking care of my pool, and I'd helped take care of one as a kid. But now I know better, plus I have the hubris to try to help other people. How's that for scary?Originally Posted by bclaydon
BBB "Intermediate Swimmer"
IG plaster pool 18.5K gal, Hayward Pro-Grid DE filter, 3/4 HP Hydramax II; Polaris 380, 3/4 HP booster
AG spa 325 gal, probably Sundance of some kind
Water testing instructions on one page