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    Unhappy Radioactive nightmare..

    My pool has turned into something from science fiction. A portal for something foreign to into another dimension. I returned from out of town late last night and check the pool this morning and found this nightmare. My husband *claims* he tended the pool as i asked. Trying to give the benefit of the doubt but when you see this thing you will wonder as well. I have a cheapo test kit while Im waiting to get fancier one. My question for now is do I turn the pump off and let it rest while I hem up my toddler to take readings or just let it run? Attaching a pic as soon as I figure out how. Puhleaaase help meh!

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    Ok i attached pic but I'm not seeing it so someone let me know if you can see it? Said it was being stored?
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    Re: Radioactive nightmare..

    No picture yet, i added several today with no problem...... hopefully you will figure it out
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    Re: Radioactive nightmare..

    Please upload the pic to photobucket.com then select the IMG link to post here. I really want to see this pool pic, your description is awesome!
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    Re: Radioactive nightmare..

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    Did it work that time? Please say yes? I need to keep the portal closed!!!

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    So do I turn the pump off? I hope because I did. But I can turn it back on. Headed to get new filters and eye of newt to repel spirits.
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    Re: Radioactive nightmare..

    The picture is not showing up.
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    Re: Radioactive nightmare..

    IMG_20150715_133441352.jpg

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    It is showing on my end.
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    Re: Radioactive nightmare..

    ewww...pretty!

    turn your pump back on and get bleach in there asap. do you have one of the recommended test kits? how have you been chlorinating?? check your pH first.

    the solution is easy, you are going to have to SLAM your pool. go and read up on it in pool school. since your pool is only 4,000 gallons, you can drain most the water and refill. you will still need to SLAM though to get the remaining algae, but it would go quicker.

    you will need one of the test kits to SLAM
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    Re: Radioactive nightmare..

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    Re: Radioactive nightmare..

    picture is showing up
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    Re: Radioactive nightmare..

    Ohh. That's a pretty shade of green. Reminds me of homer's test tube. homer-simpson-300.jpg
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    Re: Radioactive nightmare..

    Hi Dan! I have a kit that will work while I'm waiting for the fancy test kit. Turn the pump on without a filter? I am getting numbers now. Which are the main ones you need? I just have a 6 way tester for the current moment.

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    Re: Radioactive nightmare..

    your test kit wont work for the SLAM, read up on it. if you have the 6 way tester you cant get FC (free chlorine), let alone levels above 5 which are required. you also have to know your CYA, and those are not accurate tests.

    honestly for 4,000 gallon pool I think the best course of action would be to drain the pool, scrub, and refill. and then do a mini SLAM to get anything left behind. for that amount of water, it might be cheaper anyway. how much you pay for water per 1,000 gallons??

    I would do that, order your test kit (would be there in 2 days) and re-start based on the TFT methods for doing the pool.

    which "fancy" test kit did you order??

    EDIT: if your pool is 4 feet deep of water, that works out to 5,200 gallons by the way.
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    Re: Radioactive nightmare..

    FC
    CC
    PH
    TA
    CH
    CYA

    Please turn your pump on as well. Once you post numbers, help will be on the way!
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    Re: Radioactive nightmare..

    The 6-way test is all I every use, but you cannot properly follow the SLAM process. It may sound hypocritical when I say people should get the good test kit but I do for most people because they will get more assistance. People here that help others prefer the precise, methodical approach that TFPC offers because it takes out the guessing and it always works. In pools under 5K gallons, I don't think the recommended test kits are a good value, however, you have to put a price on how much more help you get when you have a better kit.

    For now, give us the test numbers from your 6-way kit.
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    Re: Radioactive nightmare..

    Ok I will turn it back on. With or without filter? I am also getting numbers but only have 6 way test kit at this minute. Just needing to know how much bleach. Read pool math link and almost passed out. This is Greek to me!

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    I have been putting in 1" chlorine tabs into skimmer basket but when I went out of town I put them in a floater. I have had a sparkly clear pool until now. From following other posts, I have maintained it until this. Had cya in it and the levels were all good.
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    Re: Radioactive nightmare..

    Why do I have The Ghostbusters theme song in my head....

    Listen to the advice here and you'll be fine.


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    Re: Radioactive nightmare..

    See I told you I'm horrible with math. I will edit my signature with correct amount of water.
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    Re: Radioactive nightmare..

    Hi, welcome to TFP! Before we hang hubby out to dry we need to know what you were using to chlorinate your pool. You can run the pump without the filter in place if there is no debris floating in the pool so you can mix the bleach into the water. It won't be filtering anything but it will allow you to get some circulation going. Do you have a 6 way strip or a 6 way drop kit? A 6 way drop kit will let you run a test or two to get you started until your new kit comes. Right now the two most important numbers are your CYA/stabilizer and your FC (free chlorine). Once you post some test numbers we can explain how to use the poolmath page.
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    Re: Radioactive nightmare..

    This thread needs more:


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    Re: Radioactive nightmare..

    Brandy you poor thing Hugs and a shoulder to cry on for what you came home to.

    Dear you just need to drain that pool and start over. It is going to take longer and LOTS more money to overcome that glowing green swamp. It is kind of pretty though LOL

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