Chlorine tab recommendations...I know, I know

Jun 24, 2017
8
Tyler, TX
I am starting to use these methods exposed on this site, and I am extremely grateful. My pool looks amazing. I have had a pool guy maintaining my pool for years with nowhere near these results.

I'm going to phrase my question like this...

If you HAD to use chlorine tabs, what chemical makeup would you use? Any specific brands?

I have a crazy life right now and my ability to consistently feed my pool bleach is questionable. Tabs simply seem like a more hands off approach to keeping my chlorine levels where they need to be.

CYA is currently at 35
 

pabeader

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May 14, 2015
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Cartersville Ga
Get the simplest, plain ones you can. No blue. No 6 in 1. Only Tri-chlor. Just remember, CYA will go up, so you will need to constantly increase the FC to keep up.
 
Jun 24, 2017
8
Tyler, TX
My question about that, is my pool has never been maintained with liquid chlorine or bleach. It's always been maintained with tabs and bioguard smart shock. Yet my CYA has never gotten out of whack.

Why/how is that?

My CYA tends to hover at 35 fairly consistently. Just dumb luck?
 

tim5055

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May 11, 2014
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Franklin, NC
My question about that, is my pool has never been maintained with liquid chlorine or bleach. It's always been maintained with tabs and bioguard smart shock. Yet my CYA has never gotten out of whack.

Why/how is that?

My CYA tends to hover at 35 fairly consistently. Just dumb luck?
How/who is testing to show it is 35? None of the recomend test kits can measure 35.
 
Jun 24, 2017
8
Tyler, TX
Combo of my ColorQ and two different pool stores I frequent.

I also have a Taylor kit that I use due to my concerns of accuracy in the ColorQ.

So I'm simply guessing at a rough average over the years.
 

JoyfulNoise

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May 23, 2015
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Tucson, AZ
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Plaster
Chlorine
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Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
I would test your CYA yourself using the melamine turbidity test and not those other methods. Was your pool service company regularly backwashing and/or draining your pool?

Unfortunately the BioGuard SmartShock has copper in it, 0.26% metallic copper per 1lb bag. Depending on how much you've used over the years you could have a significant amount in your water which could start to scale and stain if you use bleach.

I would suggest you ask your pool stores to do a copper test to see where your level is at.
 

Bandit5

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Jul 19, 2014
129
Philadelphia, PA
I second the accuracy of the ColorQ. I would still recommend the TF-100 kit, but especially for people with color vision issues, like me, the ColorQ is a great option.

Regular trichlor tabs will be your best bet. But you will need to address the climbing CYA. Adding a set amount of bleach each night is really easy once you figure out your chlorine demand over time, and getting a neighbor (trustworthy) or friends to dose while you are gone is the best alternative. But without those options trichlor pucks can come in handy... only with the side effects.
 

Chris19D

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Jul 28, 2015
102
Cypress, Texas
I know it's a pretty large expense to add (just recently did it), but have you thought about converting to a saltwater chlorine generator (SWG)? This produces chlorine as the pump runs and it makes the addition of bleach virtually non existent.

Just bring your CYA up to 70 and let'r rip (so to speak).
 

pabeader

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May 14, 2015
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Cartersville Ga
My question about that, is my pool has never been maintained with liquid chlorine or bleach. It's always been maintained with tabs and bioguard smart shock. Yet my CYA has never gotten out of whack.

Why/how is that?

My CYA tends to hover at 35 fairly consistently. Just dumb luck?
Do you have an auto fill?
 
Jun 24, 2017
8
Tyler, TX
I know it's a pretty large expense to add (just recently did it), but have you thought about converting to a saltwater chlorine generator (SWG)? This produces chlorine as the pump runs and it makes the addition of bleach virtually non existent.

Just bring your CYA up to 70 and let'r rip (so to speak).
I'm not familiar with a SWG and their processes.

Does this mean convert my pool to a "salt water pool"? If so, I'm not interested in that.

I'm sure people have good luck with theirs. I have only seen problems with my parents and other friends.
 

Michael1

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May 3, 2015
193
Moorpark, CA
As someone who also has a jam packed life at times, and has tried the trichlor pucks. I honestly think you are better off just over-chlorinating the pool prior to times you know you won't get to it. I tried the pucks as a test, and they didn't add nearly enough chlorine or acid for my pool. You can read about my experience in more detail

My-Experience-with-Floater-Pucks

If you have a feel for how much chlorine is consumed per day, then you can just over-chlorinate based on usage x number of days. I would probably limit it to two or three days. Then check chlorine and acid, and repeat. Most people can fit in testing and adding chemicals twice a week. Also if you run your CYA on the high side, the chlorine won't deplete as fast.