My pool had been uncovered, and untouched for 3 years. The inside was a disgusting, slimy, algae invested swamp. After about a truckload of dead rotting leaves, etc. was removed, I began Slamming the pool on 7/18 with the help of the people on this site.
The pool is looking A LOT better, but I have been shocking at higher levels per suggestions d/t my being disabled, and having to make less checks than usual slammers, yet the pool still remains cloudy. I originally upped FC to 17 and ran that a few days, and have been running my FC right at 22 to decrease my checks even further d/t further medical issues. I increased to 22 when my CYA went from 30 to 40, and have been running that level for the past few days. The pool has been being brushed 2x's daily, and vacuumed daily with very little remaining debris being removed, pool has been being maintained at SLAM level. The pump has been running 24/7, except when a pump malfunction required it to be shut off, and repaired, also requiring a lot of water to have to be replaced d/t leakage.
Current levels are: FC-22, CC-.5 (probably actually lower because sample is just barely pink), TA-40, pH-7.2 (prior to slam), CH-100, CYA-40 (I have within the past week because of a leak causing me to slowly lose water daily, and then recently causing me to lose 4-6" over night, approx. 80% of the water has had to be replaced. Also, the entire piece that has the multiport valve on top of it was replaced,and new sand was added at that time too.
Here are my questions: Is it possible the algae I am trying to kill off is actually Mustard Algae, and that's why I can't seem to get the pool to get uncloudy?
Is it cloudy from all the stuff I put in before starting even though so much water has had to be replaced?
I looked at a lot of pics online of mustard algae, and some look very much like what mine looked like, but I'm not certain.
Should I actually increase my FC level to the 23.8 or above range necessary to kill Mustard Algae as per the CL/CYA chart to see if that takes care of the issue?
Should I continue to run the high FC levels I've been running, or should I decrease back down to a FC of 17 to prevent liner, and accessory damage?
I'm kind of at a stand still right now, and not sure which direction I need to head from here, or if I just need to give it more time to clear the pool.
Here is a link below to the pic of the algae I had in there before beginning Slam, but when the pic was taken it was after I had already poured in a lot of algaecide, Calcium Hypo, dichlor, trichlor, clarifier, etc. Because to be honest, I had absolutely no clue what I was doing at that time.
The algae pic is at the bottom of this link page.- http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...me-group/page4
Does that look like Mustard Algae to you?
LOL I still have little clue what I'm doing, as I'm sure you can tell, but I'm am learning more, and more every day thanks to the TFP site, and all the wonderful people here who are always willing to steer me in the right direction. If I don't know anything else, I know not to use those "Bad chemicals" in my pool anymore. Thanks for any suggestions you might have, and have a wonderful day!!!