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    Which Borax?

    Happy new year all.

    When a developer formular calls for granular borax which borax do I have to use?
    Decahydrate (10 x H2O), pentahydrate (5 x H2O) or anhydrous (0 x H2O)?
    Or it does not matter what I use.
    THanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by eSPhotos View Post
    Happy new year all.

    When a developer formular calls for granular borax which borax do I have to use?
    Decahydrate (10 x H2O), pentahydrate (5 x H2O) or anhydrous (0 x H2O)?
    Or it does not matter what I use.
    THanks
    Decahydrate. Happy new year also.

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    I have been wondering about this also, as my Borax just says' BORAX' and it looks like a white powder, not crystalline. If a formula has the Borax with H20 in then does the anhydrous stuff make the developer more active ?
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    Thanks Keith. Decahydrate is one I bought.

    Pentaxpete, someone will chime in after the new years celebration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pentaxpete View Post
    I have been wondering about this also, as my Borax just says' BORAX' and it looks like a white powder, not crystalline. If a formula has the Borax with H20 in then does the anhydrous stuff make the developer more active ?
    I don't know Pete. If you have been getting good results from it, I wouldn't worry. It's only mildly alkaline and it's main function is a pH buffer.
    http://www.borax.com/detergents/pheffect.html

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    Borax is decahydrate, by definition. Sodium borate can be anything, but only the decahydrate is called borax.
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