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Thread: Too big to be water boatmen?

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    Too big to be water boatmen?

    Hello TFPer's,

    First of all, thank you all for the amount of help and knowledge that is available here. I've searched for my specific question but have not found a definitive answer.
    The rundown:
    Pool built in Sept 2015
    SW Florida
    No screen enclosure
    SWG
    15k gallons
    Chem levels as of 06/12 using Taylor 2006 (however I buy the refills from this site):
    PH-7.4
    FC-5.8
    CC-0
    CYA-60

    Everything is great, mostly because of what I learned here, but when the pool was first finished I got a few of the below waterbugs and when everything leveled out we were good. On Monday June 6th we had a tropical storm roll through. Since then we have been getting around a dozen of the below waterbugs every night. I'm thinking they are water boatmen but from I've read my bugs are way bigger. I did a very detailed inspection the other day and found some specs of algae in the deep end (5 ft), under the built in bar, and some algae in the drain cover. I did an OFCLT and lost .8 ppm FC. When the storm happened my FC was around 2.4. After reading what my FC SHOULD be with a SWG and a CYA level of 60 I bumped it up.

    Please take a look at the attached pic (hopefully it attaches) and let me know what you think. I'm planning on starting a slam tonight but not sure if these are waterbugs or some sort of cricket or cockroach. The bigger bug I think is a mole cricket the 2 smaller ones I'm not sure about. If there's anything I'm missing or you need more info please let me know.

    Thank You in advance!
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    Re: Too big to be water boatmen?

    Hello and welcome to TFP! You know, we in Texas like to say things like, "Everything's bigger in Texas". But Florida (and Australia) have creatures that seem to defy logic. I'm not entomology expert, so I'll simply say "good luck" and try to this thread for more visibility.
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