Things are going well - Should I SLAM

Gopherboy6956

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Jun 3, 2020
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Fargo, ND
So - this is my first season having the pool up since spring and first season with a TF-100. I primarily use liquid cholrinator and borax for my chems - and really - for the last 6ish weeks - my numbers have consistently come back in good shape. Add some Chlorine here, some borax there to maintain - but my Alk / CYA / Calc have all been stable. I keep my FC at about 6 normally, which seems to deter any boatmen I have seen from time to time. I also Vac about onces a week and run the pump about 6 hours during the day (to stir up the water and even out the temp) in my 8k or so gallon 18x52 AGP.

My question is - Should I be slamming it with any sort of regularity? Or is that only if things get out of whack. I feel like things have been going real well and fully expected to have had to SLAM it by now.

Am I crazy or just lucky?

Thanks!
 

Msch99

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No need to slam, it isn't like "shocking". If no sign of algae, no cc to speak of and water is clear. Welcome to TFP! :) Just normal regular testing and maintenance!
 

Msch99

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Curious as to why adding borax so often?
Looking at your logs, it seems you are dropping below 3FC quite often. Be careful or you will be slamming! 3 is absolute minimum, 5 to 6 is target.
 

Gopherboy6956

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Jun 3, 2020
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Fargo, ND
Curious as to why adding borax so often?
Looking at your logs, it seems you are dropping below 3FC quite often. Be careful or you will be slamming! 3 is absolute minimum, 5 to 6 is target.
Really the borox is just to keep the ph right at 7.6 which the app recommends. It's never much - 12 or so Oz once a week or so. I was gone for a few days stretch and we had the kids in there a lot -
About a month ago I switched from tablets in a floater to liquid chlorinator - so just getting in the rythim of that now.
 
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Msch99

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Anything within 7.2 -~8 is fine. Easier and cheaper to find (if possible), a PH and TA where it is somewhat stable. If it wants to hang at 7.4, not a big deal. The app is ok, but can sometimes lead to trying to chase "perfect" numbers. Some of which has to do with CSI, which isn't a big deal to those of us with AG vinyl liners.
 
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