::edit For anyone looking at this thread for answers to what is in your pool: I have since figured out that it is algae! So, if your pool looks like mine you probably have algae, not pollen.
I've read through a bunch of posts and am trying to figure out if I'm dealing with Algae or pollen. First, the numbers
I brought down the pH from 7.8 to 7.2 this morning because I think I might need to SLAM, but I wanted to check first.
Over night my FC went down from 5.5 to 5.0, so not really a loss. I am in western New York, and there is a dead branch from a neighbors tree over the pool dropping leaf pieces. We also have tons of pollen flying around. Most prevalent are white fuzzy things right now (you can see them in the backwash picture)
What I have on the bottom of the pool is this stuff:
This morning I dove down into the pool as recommended and picked up some of the stuff on the bottom with a squirt bottle. I put it in a glass and let it settle. Here it is up close:
Here is what my skimmer sock looked like:
And here is what the stuff that comes out when I backwash looks like after it has dried:
And here are the trees that are directly over my pool:
I just installed that solar cover reel but I don't want to put the new solar cover on if I currently have algae. The stuff behaves like pollen, and there is pollen everywhere, but I don't know what I"m looking at really.
Thanks for the help,