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Thread: Need help with proper sequence to get back sparkling pool

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    Jul 2015
    Houston, TX

    Need help with proper sequence to get back sparkling pool

    Fellow TFPers! I've been struggling all spring to keep algae off my pool walls. Have done a couple of SLAMs which helped temporarily, but take my eyes off the ball for a bit and it's back with a vengeance. I've been a bit delinquent on my end too, but seems like I need a Grand SLAM to get it back in shape for the summer.

    Here's where the pool chemistry is at the moment:

    pH: 8.2
    FC: 0
    CYA: 20
    TA: 60

    What would be the best sequence to bring the pool back in line? I'm confused about whether to adjust pH first, or TA, or CYA before proceeding with the SLAM.

    Also, I'm planning to clean the DE filter elements and recharge with fresh DE, as well as clean behind the lamps on this SLAM to prevent a recurrence. Should I do this before or after the SLAM?

    Also, the pool walls have a light yellow / green coat. Would be safe to assume mustard algae and treat accordingly?


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    25,000 gal, in-ground, plastered gunite, Pentair NSF 60 DE Filter

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    May 2014
    Columbia, SC

    Re: Need help with proper sequence to get back sparkling pool

    pH is always first. Then Add sufficient CYA to get to 30. SLAM away

    Ignore TA for now.

    Mustard is usually not all over the pool, but limited to the shady areas.
    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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