I have been using the same chemical program to maintain my above ground pool for the last four years. It is called Synergy by Omni Products. The program suggests using a product called Initiator, which is a conditioner/stabilizer, at the beginning of the start up. I have read it contains boron. The manufacturer claims that less chlorine will be used over the year. My pool consists of an above ground pool that is 18' by 33'. I have and use a high rate sand filter, 1.5 horse power-one speed pump, that runs approx. 12 hours a day, a solar cover, heater, and a floating chlorine dispenser. The Synergy Program states, that only three other chemicals will be used on a normal schedule, chlorine, clear, and shock. I am considering changing the chemicals this year and possibly use borax, placed in a sock and left tied up in the pool. Borax would be my stabilizer/conditioner. I would still be using Trichlor that is a stabilized chlorine, and shock. What do use or think of my thoughts?