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    tiny green 2 leaf plant growing in skimmer

    I have such a green thumb at times. In the skimmer is some very small green 2 leaf plants with roots hanging down. The leaf is like the head of a pencil or a bit bigger. It dosen't seem to be in the pool, only filter. I have limited electricity so we are only running the pump on low every other day for 6 hours. I am keeping up with testing and chlorine, cya.
    So is this plant an algae? I always thought algae was fuzzy. I just vacuumed the pool and was doing it 1 x a week, scrub walls. I do know the dog has a side paddling pool that had algae in it. I dumped it but I think the dog may have transfered the algae? We didn't know the lab has been sneaking in the pool and can vault the side not problem.
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    Re: tiny green 2 leaf plant growing in skimmer

    While I'm sure that's not algae, it's organic and probably shouldn't be able to grow in a chlorinated pool.

    A picture sure would help, as well as a set of current test results for FC, CC, CYA & pH.

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    Re: tiny green 2 leaf plant growing in skimmer

    I sucked them all up. I will try to draw one. I'll do testing tonight. daughter is not well so life is a bit crazy.
    Used pool 1995 Lomart 18'x48" just installed 7/16/2015, Hayward Power Flo Matrix 1 HP 2 speed pump, 16" Rx Clear Radiant sand filter ( used pea gravel and zeolite) foam wall, polystyrene bottom, liner 25 gauge overlap, TF-100 test kit. Son training for 2018 Paralympics, Hoping for solar heater of some sort. Good chance Labrador will be in pool. Colorado Prairie, 6000 ft elevation high mountain desert, clay soil

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    Re: tiny green 2 leaf plant growing in skimmer

    does it look like Duckweed?
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    Re: tiny green 2 leaf plant growing in skimmer

    Gtty, duckweed was my guess too. I've seen plenty of that in ponds in my area.

    If there's ever been a waterbird in your pool, they probably brought it from a nearby pond.
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    Re: tiny green 2 leaf plant growing in skimmer

    Bingo it's duckweed. lol any water the birds find here in high mountain desert is fair game. The lab pup also could bring it in from the creek at the park.
    Dom I did the test this morning. I didn't add bleach last night as I was sick.

    CH- 450 that won't change
    TA 140
    pH 7.5
    FC-3 I added bleach
    CC-0
    CYA 45
    Used pool 1995 Lomart 18'x48" just installed 7/16/2015, Hayward Power Flo Matrix 1 HP 2 speed pump, 16" Rx Clear Radiant sand filter ( used pea gravel and zeolite) foam wall, polystyrene bottom, liner 25 gauge overlap, TF-100 test kit. Son training for 2018 Paralympics, Hoping for solar heater of some sort. Good chance Labrador will be in pool. Colorado Prairie, 6000 ft elevation high mountain desert, clay soil

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    Re: tiny green 2 leaf plant growing in skimmer

    Other than raising that FC up to the 6-ish area based on a CYA of 50 (non-SWG), you appear to be doing well now that the "greenhouse" effect in your pool is resolved. Maybe watch the TA in the future just to make sure it doesn't keep rising and dragging the pH up with it. All-n-all, you seem to be doing well. I'm sure your Lab is very happy. Woof!
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