Other chemicals besides BBB


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Sep 1, 2011
Springfield, MO
What other chemicals do you use outside of bleach, Borax, and baking soda?

I know Muratic acid to reduce pH and even stabilizer for CYA, but what about others?

And what is your opinion and advice on using clarifier? I'm using some Leslie's UltraBrite while in the final stages of my current shock process hoping it will help with the filtering. Am I wasting my money?


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May 7, 2007
Silver Spring, MD
95% of the time clarifier is a waste of money. The remaining 5% of the time is easy to spot since when clarifier works it clears the water up completely overnight.

Don't assume you will necessarily use all three of bleach baking soda and borax. Many people only use one or two of those.

Cyanuric acid is another common chemical you need.

Sequestrant is occasionally required, but only when you have metals problems.