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    Why Metal magic and algaecide for startup

    My pool builder provided algaecide and metal magic at startup implying I needed to use those. what is the reason for those at a start-up of a pool and I'm assuming I really don't need them but want to check.
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    Re: Why Metal magic and algaecide for startup

    It's for added insurance when you fill a pool with new water to prevent staining on the new plaster.
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    Re: Why Metal magic and algaecide for startup

    Okay since I never use them and we're almost 4 weeks into our pool start up should I just ignore them at this point or go ahead and use them for added insurance. ☺️
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    Re: Why Metal magic and algaecide for startup

    Since the surface of your plaster is probably cured by now, I don't see where the sequestrant would be of any help now. Any unpredicted staining at start-up would have already occurred. No need for algaecides either if you are maintaining proper FC/CYA levels to avoid algae.
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    Re: Why Metal magic and algaecide for startup

    What does your builder say about their use?
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    Re: Why Metal magic and algaecide for startup

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh View Post
    What does your builder say about their use?
    For reasons I won't go into, he did not do my startup. Pebbletec did recommend a sequestrant (the algaecide) and I did do one dose of that.
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    Re: Why Metal magic and algaecide for startup

    Ultimately, I don't see any reason for either but I am wondering if you ever have a warranty issue, can they say, "Did you add to the pool what we said to add?"
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    Re: Why Metal magic and algaecide for startup

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh View Post
    Ultimately, I don't see any reason for either but I am wondering if you ever have a warranty issue, can they say, "Did you add to the pool what we said to add?"
    Thanks. If it is not going to harm anything I can go ahead and add it just to be sure but the pool does not have any issues with staining, algea, etc. All is well at this point.
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