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    Phospahtes?

    Does the TF100 kit test for phosphates? I have the kit, and have used it once, but did not see any info on phosphates in the directions. We are supposed to have fairly high phosphate levels in our water, and i want to find out how "high". What is the way to do this without spending big bucks?
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    Re: Phospahtes?

    I am sure phosphate testing is available from Taylor or La Motte but I do not intend to offer it as a product. Most folks here say the need to know phosphates is not very valuable.
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    Re: Phospahtes?

    The AquaTrend phosphate test kit from Hach (same company that makes the AquaChek test strips) is a good , inexpensive orthophosphate test kit. However, testing for phosphates is really worthless UNLESS you have recurrant algae blooms that cannot be controlled by maintaining FC in relation to CYA and you rule out any nitrates in the water also!
    Do NOT be sucked in to buying and using phosphate removers, they are one of the biggest scams to hit the pool/spa industry! (I work in the industry, btw!)

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    Re: Phospahtes?

    Maybe a dumb question, but how does one rule out nitrates in the water? I live in a rural area where the water comes from water run-off lakes, so anything is possible.
    28 ft round Doughboy Sand Dollar II AGP, Aug 2008: 4 ft shallow, 6ft deep end: 24K gal approx Hayward Power-Flo Matrix
    1&1/2-HP 2-SPD Pump, Hayward 27-Inch Sand Filter with a little DE -(2) 4ftx20ft Solar Bear AGP Panels w/ Goldline auto-controller, 50ppm Borates And some day, maybe this year, a DECK!!!

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    Re: Phospahtes?

    Quote Originally Posted by amjohn
    Maybe a dumb question, but how does one rule out nitrates in the water? I live in a rural area where the water comes from water run-off lakes, so anything is possible.
    Using a nitrate test kit. There are non made for pool use that are reasonable but you can get an aquarium nitrate low range test kit that will do the job. If there are nitrates then phosphate remover will do no good.

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