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    white crystals forming on ladder, HELP!!!!

    fc 5
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    Im new , just getting started. Used pucks for yrs. Now using TFP method, using bleach. Water clear since starting this method. Have had all kind of problems in the past, but this is the first time I have ever seen white crystals growing on my metal ladder. Took it out and scrubbed and sprayed with bleach. Returned the ladder and the next day it started to grow again. Does anyone have an idea what this is and what I can do? Or any advice in general.

    I am new and all this stuff is stressing me out.

    Thanks everyone in advance.
    20k gal dished out 27ft round, AG vinyl, 1 1/2 HP Matrix power flow pump, Hayward pro series s-210T sand filter, 26 yrs. old with aluminum ladder, use TFP kit to test, fill with city water.
    We live in central PA 16866 Summers are short. 80-90 avg.

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    white crystals forming on ladder, HELP!!!!

    The problem started with the crystals this yr. I went to the pool store and i complained
    of green algae. So they sold me Swimtrine Plus and I added 1 qt. The following day i added socket and the pucks. The crystals started to grow right away. The Swimtrine put .1 of copper in the water. They said not to worry because algae doesn't like copper. PLEASE EXCUSE ME, I'M NOT A WIZ ON THE COMPUTER, AND I CAN'T SPELL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!!!!!


    Mod note: merged your two threads asking the same question together to keep the answers together. pooldv
    20k gal dished out 27ft round, AG vinyl, 1 1/2 HP Matrix power flow pump, Hayward pro series s-210T sand filter, 26 yrs. old with aluminum ladder, use TFP kit to test, fill with city water.
    We live in central PA 16866 Summers are short. 80-90 avg.

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    Re: white crystals forming on ladder, HELP!!!!

    I'd recommend getting your water tested for calcium.
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    Re: white crystals forming on ladder, HELP!!!!

    How about your calcium hardness levels? I suggest you getting that tested somehow.
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    Re: white crystals forming on ladder, HELP!!!!

    Welcome to TFP!

    Get some of it and pour a little acid on it. If it fizzles and dissolves then it is calcium scale. More here, Pool School - Calcium Scaling
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    Re: white crystals forming on ladder, HELP!!!!

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    Re: white crystals forming on ladder, HELP!!!!

    And don't add any more copper products to your pool.
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    Re: white crystals forming on ladder, HELP!!!!

    Thanks, will try.

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    Thank you

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    OK, Thank you
    20k gal dished out 27ft round, AG vinyl, 1 1/2 HP Matrix power flow pump, Hayward pro series s-210T sand filter, 26 yrs. old with aluminum ladder, use TFP kit to test, fill with city water.
    We live in central PA 16866 Summers are short. 80-90 avg.

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    Re: white crystals forming on ladder, HELP!!!!

    fc 5.5
    cc clear
    ta 80
    cya 55
    ph7.6
    ch 212
    cooper 0
    Went to the pool shop and got the ch levels. So what do you think, is it calcium scale?
    Thanks for your input.
    20k gal dished out 27ft round, AG vinyl, 1 1/2 HP Matrix power flow pump, Hayward pro series s-210T sand filter, 26 yrs. old with aluminum ladder, use TFP kit to test, fill with city water.
    We live in central PA 16866 Summers are short. 80-90 avg.

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    Re: white crystals forming on ladder, HELP!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Frannieb View Post
    fc 5.5
    cc clear
    ta 80
    cya 55
    ph7.6
    ch 212
    cooper 0
    Went to the pool shop and got the ch levels. So what do you think, is it calcium scale?
    Thanks for your input.
    Probably not scale then, but check with the muriatic acid as described above.

    You can't trust pool store results. You said above you had .1ppm copper and now you have none. It doesn't go away, so one of those tests is wrong.
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