How much CYA in Trichlor 3" puck?

Ted Y

Active member
May 8, 2012
38
Phoenix, AZ
#4
Something I was wondering... My old 3" puck said the ingredients were 99% tricolor and the other 1% was not listed as CYA. Where does the CYA come from in the puck? Is it a byproduct of dissolution of the tricolor or an unlisted ingredient?
 

chem geek

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Mar 28, 2007
12,082
San Rafael, CA USA
#5
Trichlor is a chemical combination of chlorine and cyanuric acid in the same molecule (see Trichlor vs. CYA). The 1% are binders and minor impurities. This is why the relationship that for every 10 ppm FC added by Trichlor the CYA increases by 6 ppm holds true regardless of concentration of product or of pool size.
 

tcat

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May 30, 2012
772
Austin, TX
#9
Old thread, but exactly what I was looking for. If I want to raise my CYA from 30 to 35 (or 40), all I need to do is chlorinate with pucks for a few days (since I have spares laying around), right? Maybe 4 or 5 days, turn off my Clorox feed and throw the plastic puck float in the pool (or run them through the auto-feeder). Don't want to buy CYA if I can use up old tablets.
 

chem geek

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Mar 28, 2007
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San Rafael, CA USA
#10
In your 15,000 gallon pool, four 3" 8-ounce tablets would increase FC by 14.6 ppm and CYA by 8.9 ppm. Tablets in a floating feeder typically take about a week to dissolve completely though it depends on the feeder. That's probably just about the amount you'll need to keep up with 2 ppm FC chlorine demand, but you should keep an eye on it and supplement if needed.