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    Cloudy water - misused stabilizer granules?

    Hello all!

    TFP was a big help to me when I did my SLAM last year but, now I have a different question. I did a Drain & Refill to open the pool this season (for a couple different reasons) and my water readings were like so:

    FC 4
    ph 7.2
    CYA 0
    CH 300
    TA - 180 - 350 (not sure I am reading it correctly when I add a drop it swirls read and then turns back to green!?!)

    So I knew I needed to add Stabilizer to not lose chlorine drastically during the sunny parts of the day. This weekend I added 3 lbs of hth granule Stabilizer through a sock in my skimmer - I also added a pound granules to my other skimmer (very slowly). Its been a couple days and my sock has still not completely dissolved but the water is very murky or cloudy. I can see the bottom of the shallow end but not the main drain in the deep end. I am thinking I did not follow the steps closely and cut a corner or skipped a step. I read in one place that when adding stabilizer you should circulate not filter the filter - I did not do this. I watched one video where it said you can add the granules directly to a skimmer as long as you do it slowy and confirm that it is not just pooling at the bottom of the basket. Based on everything I read here I probably should not have done that.

    Here are my readings from TF-100 tonight:

    FC 3.5
    ph 7.8
    CC .5
    CH 300
    TA - 180-350 (swirling issue)
    CYA 20

    So do you think the cloudiness has anything to do with the Stabilizer? We also swam quite a bit this weekend with the holiday could be something else...???

    Should I SLAM or is it something different?

    Thank you for your help!!!
    30,000 gallons, in-ground plaster, well water, Hayward tri-star pump, Pentair Sand Dollar SD80 filter. TF-100 kit

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    Re: Cloudy water - misused stabilizer granules?

    How are you chlorinating your pool?
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    Re: Cloudy water - misused stabilizer granules?

    Bleach - Clorox brand from Sams.

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    Re: Cloudy water - misused stabilizer granules?

    Not very likely that CYA is clouding your pool. More likely there is some algae blooming. Perform the Overnight FC Loss Test (OCLT) to see if something is growing.
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    Re: Cloudy water - misused stabilizer granules?

    Thank you - I will test in the morning and post results.

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    Re: Cloudy water - misused stabilizer granules?

    Alrighty so I tested this morning and my FC was 2.5 and CC was still .5.

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    Re: Cloudy water - misused stabilizer granules?

    Since it is close I would elevate FC to 8ish for a few days.
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    Re: Cloudy water - misused stabilizer granules?

    I am on it and will report back.

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