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    Opened pool to green - need help please

    Hello everyone,

    Opened the pool this year and it came with a nice green mess in it. Wondering where I should go from here? I've run my numbers 2 days in a row (it was opened on Thursday, took numbers on Friday and Saturday). I just vacuumed it today. I also added 1 gallon of liquid chlorine (pool sanitizer - 10% sodium hypochlorite last night). The pool still looks just as green as when it was opened. Any suggestions for what I need to do to get this pool back in good shape? I'm keeping up with the filter, needing to backwash about every 12 hours. Also to note there are 2 skimmers and the main drain in the deep end does not work, so it takes a bit longer for my pool to turnover. I have the TF-100 test kit

    Here are my numbers from the past 2 days:

    5/20
    FC - 6ppm
    CC - 0ppm
    TC - 6ppm
    TA - 100 - 110 ppm
    CYA - 25 or 30
    PH 7.3
    Chlorine from blue box quick test - 1ppm

    5/21/16 after 1 gallon of liquid chlorine added and pool vacuumed
    FC - 14ppm
    CC - 0ppm
    TC - 14ppm
    TA - 120ppm
    Calcium Hardness - 100-125ppm
    PH 7.2 - 7.3
    Chlorine from blue box quick test - 1 - 2ppm

    Here are a few pictures of it as well.



    18,000 gallon in ground vinyl pool. Sand filter.

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    Re: Opened pool to green - need help please

    Keep circulating 24/7 and MAINTAIN SLAM level of FC for your CYA level.
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    Re: Opened pool to green - need help please

    Thanks. Can you remind me where to find my SLAM level? And how long should it take to clear up with that being maintained? 3 or 4 days?

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    Re: Opened pool to green - need help please

    Chlorine/cya chart in pool school.

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    Re: Opened pool to green - need help please

    And then just check and adjust once a day until clear?
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    Re: Opened pool to green - need help please

    AS REQUIRED! Or as often as you can. I'd say 4 hours or so apart.

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    Re: Opened pool to green - need help please

    Also if I go over and use more chlorine than is listed is that bad?

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    AS REQUIRED! Or as often as you can. I'd say 4 hours or so apart.

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    2 0r 3 ppm won't kill ya'.

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    Re: Opened pool to green - need help please

    Another question. Why does my FC = 14 ppm and CC = 0 but when I do the quick test from the blue box it says chlorine is at 1ppm. Can you tell me the difference and which one I should pay attention to?
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    Scratch the blue box tester and go with the dpd powder test




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    Re: Opened pool to green - need help please

    Thanks, I'll rely on that.
    18,000 gallon in ground vinyl pool. Sand filter.

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    Re: Opened pool to green - need help please

    Another question. I took the FC test that registered at 14ppm around 2pm today. I just took it again at 8pm and it still is 14ppm. Full sun all day on the pool. The water doesn't look any better. Any ideas of how to proceed?
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    Keep at it until you've passed all 3 SLAM criteria.

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    Re: Opened pool to green - need help please

    Still at it today. I lost FC overnight was down to about 4 or 5ppm by 1pm today. I added 2 gallons of liquid chlorine then and turned on the pool robot to vacuum. I just tested FC again at 3pm and it was at 5ppm. I again added 2 more gallons of liquid chlorine. Am I not adding enough? The pool has been in full sun again today. Here is another picture. It does seem to be getting more blue than green but still very cloudy and just taking a lot of time. Is this also due to not having the main drain working, it will just take longer?

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    Re: Opened pool to green - need help please

    Just tested my numbers again and they are at:

    FC - 13
    CC - 3
    TC - 16

    Is this bad to have CC's going up? What does it mean?
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    CCs mean you're killin' stuff!
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    Re: Opened pool to green - need help please

    Well that's a good thing!
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    Re: Opened pool to green - need help please

    I see a big color change with the two pics! Good job!

    The most important part of the SLAM is M=maintain as in maintain the FC level for your CYA level. Test and redose at least 4 times at day. More often if you can.

    Keep taking pics each day so you can see the difference. That will help yo KNOW it is working!

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    Re: Opened pool to green - need help please

    Thanks Kim! Good point with the pictures, sometimes it's hard to remember if it is actually changing or not!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jandersen13 View Post
    Thanks Kim! Good point with the pictures, sometimes it's hard to remember if it is actually changing or not!
    every day at the same time take a picture looking down at the steps. Wide angle shots like you are a taking can be deceiving. Looking down at the steps shows the water clearing better as you see the depth come in to view.
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