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    New, Orange Pool...

    Hello All!
    We have a new Intex 22 X 54 pool filled with well water and just as many others have experienced its now rust orange. Hoping to get some idea of what to do since following direction of the local pool store prior to finding this wealth of info on TFP.

    Highlights:
    Day 1 cocktail:
    ~ 2lb HTH Super Shock (Saturday)
    ~ 2 3" Chlorine tablets floating about

    Pool Store Testing Day 2:
    CYA 0
    pH 7.5
    Fc 6.7
    Alk 242
    Hardness 354
    Copper 0.1
    Iron 0.4

    Added based on recommendations:
    1/3 gal Muriatic acid to lower alkalinity
    16oz Stainrine for metals

    So far I have been flushing out the filter roughly every 3-4 hours during the day and the water appears to becoming lighter in color, slowly.

    From studying pool school I need to raise my CYA to ~30, I will be picking up some stabilizer after some more research on TFP recommendation.

    The question I have is my water went from brown while filling to rust orange color, will the chemicals I have in now clear up the water, slowly over time? Or is there another option...

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    Re: New, Orange Pool...

    A couple things:
    #1 - Welcome to TFP!
    #2 - You should take a look at this page: Pool School - Metals in the Water and Metal Stains. Understand that once metals are in yoru water or supply source, it's just something you have to learn to manage.
    #3 - Pool store testing? No good. Please see these two links for the proper test kit:
    TFTestkits.net
    Pool School - Test Kits Compared

    Here are some other links you will use quite often:
    Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry
    Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart
    Poolmath calculator
    Pool School - Recommended Levels
    Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals


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    Re: New, Orange Pool...

    Richard always has such good,quotes, I'll throw one in here.
    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Try the search function for rust or iron.

    Some people have had good luck putting layers of paper towels in the skimmer basket to trap the rust particles. Someone else recently made some sort of prefilter using pillow batting in a bucket. The more you can remove physically as rust particles, the less you'll have to deal with chemically.
    TFP Moderator 39 X 18 23,000(ish) freeform gunite; built 2007ish; Pentair Triton II TR100 600lb Sand filter; 2 HP Pentair pump with 2.2 HP AO Smith single speed motor; 2 skimmers, 1 main drain, 4 returns w/waterfall, Stenner 45MHP2 3GPD running@ 60% - 15 gal Tank; heated by the sun CYA 200+ when I started - 50 now. Dolphin Supreme M5 Pool Cleaner. Hot Springs SX Spa, 285 gallon

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    Re: New, Orange Pool...

    Welcome!

    A couple threads I recall. Check out the pictures.

    Results of first TF-100 test ran on fill water
    A Tale of Two Filters... and Ugly, Rusty Water.

    High FC high pH and filter it out with pillow batting or paper towels. Then use sequestrant on the residual
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    Re: New, Orange Pool...

    Darn, Richard caught me using his words.....
    TFP Moderator 39 X 18 23,000(ish) freeform gunite; built 2007ish; Pentair Triton II TR100 600lb Sand filter; 2 HP Pentair pump with 2.2 HP AO Smith single speed motor; 2 skimmers, 1 main drain, 4 returns w/waterfall, Stenner 45MHP2 3GPD running@ 60% - 15 gal Tank; heated by the sun CYA 200+ when I started - 50 now. Dolphin Supreme M5 Pool Cleaner. Hot Springs SX Spa, 285 gallon

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    Re: New, Orange Pool...

    Orange handed! LOL!
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    Re: New, Orange Pool...

    Welcome to TFP. How's the pool coming along?
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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