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    Please help. Just put up Intex pop up last week and can't get water clear. We have some strikes against us - since we used our well water, it took awhile before we could get filter going. I kept adding bleach and it would kill the algae and fall to bottom, but we didn't have a way to get it out. Now it is full and can't clear.

    Taylor K-2006 test
    PH:7.6
    FC: after 20 drops, still pink using .5ppm measurement
    TA: 450ppm
    CYA: none

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    I caved and went to the local pool store - they recommended a metal magnet due to the well water, which spiked my PH. I added the muratic acid and got that back down. What do I do next??? We just want to enjoy the pool!!!

    thanks in advance for the gift of your time to help us out!
    Intex easy up
    4000 gallons
    Intex filter pump
    15' round by 36" of water
    above ground

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    Re: Can't figure it out

    First, welcome to TFP!

    Before you do anything check the lot number of your R-0871 bottle, is it from lot B1067?
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    Re: Can't figure it out

    Lot # B2018

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    OH and I forgot to mention I did do a Shock treatment as well a few days ago.
    Intex easy up
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    Intex filter pump
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    Re: Can't figure it out

    Ok, so it isn't part of a bad batch. Why did you stop after 20 drops?

    You may or may not have metals in the water, but metals turn water a clear green and yours is very cloudy. Truth be told, with a pool that size it would be faster and most cost effective to just drain it and start over. Upon startup you will want to add CYA to avoid potential liner damage and protect your chlorine from sunlight.

    If you would rather not drain then you still need to get some CYA in the pool or you risk damaging the liner. Then you need to follow the procedures on this page: Pool School - SLAM - Shock Level And Maintain. A 1-time addition of chlorine is rarely enough to kill everything, the FC level must be kept up until you pass ALL 3 criteria listed on the SLAM page. A heads up too, intex filters are not very good so it may take a while for the pool to clear.
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    Re: Can't figure it out

    Yeah, i would dump the water and start over. Your pool is small and the intex filter will take a really long time to clear the water.
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    Re: Can't figure it out

    thanks! what form does CYA come best?
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    above ground

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    Re: Can't figure it out

    The cheapest CYA is granular and can sometimes be found in Wal-Mart, Home Depot or Lowes under the code names of stabilizer or conditioner. Use pool math to determine the amount, put it in a sock or panty hose and and hang it in front of a return. Give the sock a squeeze a few times a day.

    I recommend that you do not to use powders or pucks as it can raise your CYA too high. Stick to plain generic bleach as your FC source.
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    Re: Can't figure it out

    The powder is the most cost efficient, you can get it at Meijer, WalMart, Menards (though Menards' is labeled weird it is the same thing). It will be listed as Stabilizer or Conditioner usually. Put the appropriate amount in a sock, tie it off, and let it hang in front of the return so it can slowly dissolve.

    The places mentioned above also all carry liquid chlorine that tends to be a better value than regular bleach, similar price for higher strength.
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