Correct reagents? and extra tests


LifeTime Supporter
Aug 7, 2010
Lake Jackson, TX
Hi all,

Successfully opened pool to nice clear water this past weekend. In running my startup tests I found I was low on some reagents. I have been buying through Amato Industries online. My question is, is there a difference between the reagents marked Taylor and the bottles that aren't. i.e. there is a .75 oz bottle of R-0003 for $2 and a Taylor R-0003 for $3.40. What sources are there for reliable reagent refills.

Also, I'm thinking of using the borates to improve the water feel. I have also read that adding salt improves feel. Is this true? I do not have a way to test for borates or salt. I found a test kit, Taylot K-1766, for salt for ~$19, is this worth bothering with?

I have not found a kit or strips to test the borates, any sources or method to test?


Bama Rambler

Mod Squad
TFP Expert
Bronze Supporter
LifeTime Supporter
Jun 22, 2009
SouthWest Alabama
The best source for tests and/or refills is TFTestKits (see sig). They have the salt test strips and the K-1766 kit. They also have Borate test strips.