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I have decided to start up my tub again after a 2-3 year break. 

Last time, I fought balancing the water. I'd get TA within range, but the Ph would skyrocket. Got tired of chasing TA and Ph up and down ALL the time.

This time I have tested my tap water and it is TA=80, but Ph is 8.5+. I know I want to add borates again and I think that was part of my issue. I used Borax but this time plan on using just Boric Acid as mentioned in other posts here. I am also going the Bromine route.

So, question is, with the parameters of my tap water in mind on a fresh refill, where do I start? Should I first add acid (dry or Muratic) to lower Ph, then add baking soda to raise TA back and aerate?

What is the ideal TA? I know Ph should be 7.4-7.6?

Thanks in advance!

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There are a few bromine routes. Are you using tablets? What shock?

80 alk is fine. Really, anything over 50 is acceptable, if not ideal. Ph is ok 7.2 - 7.8. The lower the alk, the higher the ph for balanced water. What is your calcium hardness?

Aeration raises ph by gassing off CO2 in the water. If your ph is already high you should avoid aeration.

@waterbear, anything to add?

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10 hours ago, RDspaguy said:

There are a few bromine routes. Are you using tablets? What shock?

80 alk is fine. Really, anything over 50 is acceptable, if not ideal. Ph is ok 7.2 - 7.8. The lower the alk, the higher the ph for balanced water. What is your calcium hardness?

Aeration raises ph by gassing off CO2 in the water. If your ph is already high you should avoid aeration.

@waterbear, anything to add?

Using Bromine tabs in floater and shock with bleach. Not sure about CH yet but our tap water is considered hard.

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