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    Pool just doesnt seem to stay blue...help please!

    Hi all - I'm a new pool owner and just got my pool opened a couple of weeks ago. The previous owners had not taken good care of the in-ground outdoor 6000 gal pool and it was a LOT of cleanup work to start off (was basically a swamp). After lots of leaf scooping, shocking and backwashing - I'm finally at a place where the water is clear.

    what's happened the past few days:
    - After repeated shocking of up to 3 lb per day, the chlorine levels were basically non existent (all other readings were good).
    - I took a sample to the local pool store on Friday and they advised that I had a phosphate problem because of the amount of hose water added and advised me to use No Phos and leave the filter running overnight
    - I woke up to a fantastic blue looking pool on Saturday, although slightly cloudy on the deep end. I shocked again.
    - 3 hours later, again chlorine levels were non existent. The pool store said I needed to add stabilizer, which I did, and shocked again. Finally I started to see chlorine levels holding up.

    This morning, the good news is that the Chlorine levels have held up. But the pool is no longer the deep blue as it was post the phosphate. It's more teal (not green). Is this OK? Should I be worried that it's not fully blue and is more blue/green (teal)?

    Any help is greatly appreciated!

    Thank you

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    Re: Pool just doesnt seem to stay blue...help please!

    Step 1, stay well away from the pool store. All they want is your money.
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    Re: Pool just doesnt seem to stay blue...help please!

    This site can teach you how to care for your pool. But, you need to do a bit of reading and re-reading. The pool $tore exists by taking money from your wallet and padding their bank account. Start by reading Pool School. You have an algae problem that will be somewhat masked with Phos Free. You will need to buy the recommended test kit and then do a SLAM.

    If you stick with this site, you will save a boatload of money and have the best pool water in town.
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    370 gallon Jacuzzi J-345 spa with ClearRay UV

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    Re: Pool just doesnt seem to stay blue...help please!

    Welcome to TFP. There's some great articles here for self-maintaining your pool, but all of them are based on the premise that you MUST have a professional quality test kit: Taylor K2006 or TF-100 TFTestkit (my preferred).

    To best help, members will want to see your most recent test results along with your post. Also, please add your pool details as best you may know into your post and/or forum signature, so that the advice your offered is most relevant. For example, I have a saltwater pool so chemical levels are different.

    You have already been offered the very best advise possible: stay out of the pool store. Either from poor training or some other motivation, the products offered to you in the pool store will only offer modest, temporary relief... guaranteeing you & your wallet another trip to the pool store. There have been some SWAMPY, NASTY pools come to TFP that are now supermodels. Let's do this!!
    COMPLETED BUILD THREAD - 15'x29' rectangular offset shotcrete pool; 14,100 gal; 5'x7' raised spa with 400k btu fire feature; 7' spillover; 25' leuder stone raised bond wall w/waterfall; Pentair SWG; Pentair VS (pool); Pentair 3/4hp feature pump; 1hp spa blower; Pentair Cartridge filter; Pentair “Easy Touch 8” wireless; Dolphin Oasis Z5 robot; Solar Hydronics iSwim solar panels; Mansard Screen Enclosure; walnut travertine deck; 1 very happy kiddo.

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    Re: Pool just doesnt seem to stay blue...help please!

    Quote Originally Posted by Griswald View Post
    Step 1, stay well away from the pool store. All they want is your money.
    Thanks, I guess I made the beginner's mistake!

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    Re: Pool just doesnt seem to stay blue...help please!

    Thank you, you have motivated me, Let's do this! I will order the testing kit and take it from there.

    Meanwhile, do you think the pool is safe for the kids since she Chlorine levels seem OK now? or should I wait until I get everything sorted?

    Quote Originally Posted by txnole View Post
    Welcome to TFP. There's some great articles here for self-maintaining your pool, but all of them are based on the premise that you MUST have a professional quality test kit: Taylor K2006 or TF-100 TFTestkit (my preferred).

    To best help, members will want to see your most recent test results along with your post. Also, please add your pool details as best you may know into your post and/or forum signature, so that the advice your offered is most relevant. For example, I have a saltwater pool so chemical levels are different.

    You have already been offered the very best advise possible: stay out of the pool store. Either from poor training or some other motivation, the products offered to you in the pool store will only offer modest, temporary relief... guaranteeing you & your wallet another trip to the pool store. There have been some SWAMPY, NASTY pools come to TFP that are now supermodels. Let's do this!!
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    Thanks Dave, I just joined the forum buy can already feel the support. I will start with Pool School.

    Quote Originally Posted by Davejavu View Post
    This site can teach you how to care for your pool. But, you need to do a bit of reading and re-reading. The pool $tore exists by taking money from your wallet and padding their bank account. Start by reading Pool School. You have an algae problem that will be somewhat masked with Phos Free. You will need to buy the recommended test kit and then do a SLAM.

    If you stick with this site, you will save a boatload of money and have the best pool water in town.

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