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Thread: how to get rid of Backswimmers

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    Oct 2015
    Huntington, NY

    how to get rid of Backswimmers

    Hi all, been enjoying my pool, unfortunately so are a few backswimmers. How do i get rid of them? i water is, what i believe to be perfectly balanced right now. a few weeks ago i started noticing backswimmers in my pool. they are definitely backswimmers, not boatmen. i've read that borates can prevent bugs/backswimmers (which prey on bugs) i had already added borates to my pool but it had been about 1.5 months and we had a lot of rain/evaporation so i had to do a refill. i checked the levels and added enough to bring it back to 50ppm but they are still there. It is my understanding that chlorine and/or shocking does not kill them. i have not used any algecides. i brush my pool once or twice a week and run my polaris cleaner every day for 2-3 hours. the pool is generally pretty much free of leaves at least one point every 24 hours. I use a solar cover, not sure if that is relevant. does anyone have any advice for how to get rid of them? i understand that they feed on bugs that feed on algae, but i should theoretically not have any algae. if i do, then how do i get rid of it considering my water seems to be balanced already?


    PH: 7.5
    TA: 80
    CYA: 70
    Borates: 50ppm

    22,500 IG w/ Dark Vinyl Liner | Installed 2011 | Hayward Aqua-Rite SWG | Hayward Swimclear Cartridge Filter | Pentair Intelliflo 011018 | Polaris Booster Pump | Polaris Pressure side Robotic Cleaner | Hayward Titanium 110k BTU Heat exchanger (broken soon to be replaced with solar)

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    Aug 2014
    Pacific NW

    Re: how to get rid of Backswimmers

    Your pool balance won't deter them.

    As far as i know you just have to fish them out / step on them when you see them. (I've had them return when I didn't step on them)

    I too have a bubble cover.

    I only see them if I take the cover off in the morning....Likely to see 1-3 of them by around 11 am.

    They are never around after 12 when the sun is at it's highest.
    16x32 IG Vinyl, 13,000 Gals. Hayward S-244T sand filter, SP2810X15 pump
    (1.5 HP motor) Raypak PR266AEN (266k btu) gas heater. TF-100 Test Kit.
    Dolphin E10 Cleaning Robot.

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    Jul 2015
    Central Valley CA

    Re: how to get rid of Backswimmers

    Every so often we see 20+ in the pool usually only that way for a day or two then back to 0-3 per day. I am thinking they have somewhat of a group life cycle.
    12,300 Gallon, IG PebbleFina, 3 ft sheer, 2 Jandy nicheless LED lights, Jandy Pro 1.5HP VS pump (A.O. Smith Motor), PB4-60 Booster pump, Polaris 280, Jandy cv340 cartridge filter, Zodiac Z4 control panel W/iAquaLink, Stenner pumps for chlorine & MA connected to WiOn WiFi switches, TF-100. You can support TFP with AmazonSmile just click the link!

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    Aug 2014
    Houston tx

    Re: how to get rid of Backswimmers

    What do they look like? I've never heard of them.
    No longer living vicariously through other people's pool builds. Pool build is complete on my IG SWCG pool, approx 10,000 gallons. All Jandy equipment - VS 1.5 hp pump, 580 cartridge filter, AquaPure 1400 salt cell, AquaLink PDA system. Dolphin m500. PebbleSheen Blue Surf with shells and beads added. TF-100 w/ SpeedStir. A Houston Pool Build Inside the Loop

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