pH And Total Alkalinity low

Problems relating to pH and total alkalinity.
Increase ph, increase TA. Reduce pH, reduce TA.
pH chemistry advice and techniques for the pool.
ChrisH
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pH And Total Alkalinity low

Postby ChrisH » Mon 04 Aug, 2008 09:33

I do not have fancy tester but here's the thing - chlorine is ideal, but I cannot get pH or total alkalinity to register. In the last several day I added an entire bottle of pH Add to no avail. Have not done anything for alkalinity as of yet. Our pool is 18 x 36 in ground and the temp of water is approx 88 - 90 degrees F. Very hot here right now. Water is very clear but have been fighting some algae. I saw a post about 20 team borax to add to raise pH - any other suggestions of what I should do? I am using strips right now to test and also verifying with drop but always with both testers the pH is at the bottom.


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Postby chem geek » Mon 04 Aug, 2008 11:56

Get yourself a good test kit -- the Taylor K-2006 kit at a good online price here or the TF100 test kit from tftestkits(dot)com here with the latter kit having 36% more volume of reagents so is comparably priced per test.

You can read more about how to clear a pool of algae here .
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Postby muss08 » Mon 04 Aug, 2008 20:08

You really need a good test kit. There is not way to know if your chlorine level is "ideal" without knowing your pH and cyanuric acid levels.
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