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    First time Slamming here...

    So I have the Intex 18 ft by 48 inches I believe...it's 7600 gallons on the pool calculator. We are running the pump that came with it. This is our second year having it and I followed TFP last year with crystal clear water all season long. It was awesome!

    So we opened the pool, had a few weeks of wonderful water. Then something happened and we got a green tint that looked like dirt on the bottom. I didn't waste any time and decided to SLAM. We had added CYA gradually with the sock method but I'm reading the test at 90 but realizing that there is room for error. I decided to SLAM with those levels knowing I was wasting bleach but my 8 year old wants to swim. We brushed, kept the level up for several days. Did the overnight test. Green is gone, water is clearer, FC is floating back down...we are about 16 right now with FC. The water is still a tad cloudy and the filter is being cleaned twice a day, constantly skimming, pump running almost all the time...trying to filter that cloudiness out. Lowered pH to 7.4. Alkalinity is 90. Anything else I can do for the cloudiness and when can she swim? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated! I am so thrilled to have this site to turn to!

    Also, after the water clears completely I plan on draining some and adding back to get the CYA to a more ideal level. Had to order more testing supplies so I can get this adjusted.
    Suburbs of Atlanta, GA
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    - not using yet

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    Re: First time Slamming here...

    water is clearer
    SLAM until it's clear, not clearer
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    Re: First time Slamming here...

    Your SLAM is only over when you pass all three requirements: CLEAR Water, CCs of 0.5 or less and OCLT of 1 or less.

    SLAM

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    Re: First time Slamming here...

    So continue until no cloudiness? We have passed the other two tests - CC and OCLT.

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    After we get completely clear, at what level of FC is it safe to swim? And is pH test reliable at these higher levels of FC?
    Suburbs of Atlanta, GA
    Brand new pool and learning as we go!
    Intex 18 x 48 Ultra Frame Pool
    Filter that came with it
    Intex 120V Krystal Clear Saltwater System
    - not using yet

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    Re: First time Slamming here...

    Yup...

    Is there a way to add a little DE to your sand filter? I truly don't know how the Intex is set up...can you add it via a skimmer? It may help speed things up.
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    Re: First time Slamming here...

    I don't think we have a sand filter...we are using the basic pump and filter. This is not our forever pool lol! We don't have a skimmer. That's what makes these pools frustrating in my opinion. They are large enough that you have to worry about all the aspects of pool maintenance but they don't have all the bells and whistles to make it easier. The vacuum for these things uses a water hose! But my 8 year old enjoys it so we put in the effort for her. Thank you for your suggestions!
    Suburbs of Atlanta, GA
    Brand new pool and learning as we go!
    Intex 18 x 48 Ultra Frame Pool
    Filter that came with it
    Intex 120V Krystal Clear Saltwater System
    - not using yet

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    Re: First time Slamming here...

    Here is post that shows what clear looks like.

    Cloudy pool
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    Re: First time Slamming here...

    Quote Originally Posted by pabeader View Post
    Here is post that shows what clear looks like.

    Cloudy pool
    Gosh I love that picture!!
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    Re: First time Slamming here...

    We had cloudy but not that cloudy! And what I mean now, is just shy of crystal clear sparkling. I just poured 150 oz. of bleach in to get it back up to 28 FC. I will see what happens. I just hope we get it swimmable by tomorrow. We started this process last Saturday. I wasn't letting her swim in the greenish tinted water so it's been over a week since she has swam. But we want a healthy pool! Thanks so much for the help!
    Suburbs of Atlanta, GA
    Brand new pool and learning as we go!
    Intex 18 x 48 Ultra Frame Pool
    Filter that came with it
    Intex 120V Krystal Clear Saltwater System
    - not using yet

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    Re: First time Slamming here...

    It is safe to swim when
    FC is above minimum for your CYA, FC/CYA Chart, below minimum is unsafe and unsanitary
    FC is up to shock level for your CYA, FC/CYA Chart
    PH is between 7.2 and 7.8
    Water is clear
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