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    Screwed up the pool before we even used it

    I had a popup pool a few years ago and never really got the hang of the chemicals. I really thought that this time would be different, but it's not. I have a 18X48 that we just finished filling yesterday. I do have well water. (That's why it took so long to fill. I didn't want to run the well pump continuously.)

    I only have a cheapo 3 way testing kit until my full kit comes in. I added HTH shock last night. Woke up this morning to a greenish-yellow pool. Chlorine tests at 5 and pH is at 7.2. I'm so lost and I don't even know what I'm looking at in the PoolMath section, because there are so many sections that I don't even have answers for.

    What do I do to fix this? Can we swim in it now?
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    Re: Screwed up the pool before we even used it

    I'd guess you have iron. As you're a seasonal pool I'd go with a sequestrant. You can see if a local pool store will test your iron content, BUT be prepared to run run RUN from the chemical sales pitch. Pretend it's a cult or timeshare presentation.

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    Re: Screwed up the pool before we even used it

    Thank you. So I just buy the sequestrant and add it? Are the other numbers (chlorine 5 and pH 7.2) ok to swim in? And how fast does the sequestrant work?

    Sorry, I'm just dealing with disappointed kids this morning. And frankly, I'm mad at myself.
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    Re: Screwed up the pool before we even used it

    Yeah, I agree with ckk81. It sure sounds like iron in your water. Could you post a picture? That would be very helpful.
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    Re: Screwed up the pool before we even used it

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    Re: Screwed up the pool before we even used it

    If it took a long time to fill the green can be due to lack of circulation too. Don't just simply add the agent recommended by ckk81, have the water tested (as he said) to be sure that's part of the issue. Tell the pool store you have all the other chemicals you need at home if they say you need anything else. Make sure you run the pump 24 hrs a day until it clears. Once the chlorine kills, that debris needs to be filtered out of the pool. Also you will likely need to clean the filter more than once per day.
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    Re: Screwed up the pool before we even used it

    You guys are awesome. I had the water tested, added the sequestrant, and it was clear in just a few hours. Thank you!!!!
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    Re: Screwed up the pool before we even used it

    Hooray! I am glad that worked.

    Just a sobering reminder....the iron is still there and it will turn your pool again as the sequestrant "wears out". You'll need to replenish the sequestrant when that happens.
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