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    ka8yiu's Avatar
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    Algae bloom dead or alive?

    I hope this question will make sense:

    I just netted a small amount of loose debris off of the bottom of my pool. I looked inside the net and was greeted with a small piece of green. It was the size of a Barbie-doll piece of broccoli.

    Now, this was loose in the bottom. So, my question is this: How do you know if an algae bloom is dead or alive? If this was missed when I last vacuumed, would it change in color if my chlorine had killed it?

    I just ordered a new test kit, so I cannot post quality numbers right now. With my K-1004, my chlorine was at least a 5 (the highest reading it gives.)

    My water clarity is fantastic! I could read the fine print of a contract if it were taped to the bottom of the 5-foot deep end.


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    Pentair Model 320 Automatic Chlorine/Bromine In-Line Feeder

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    Re: Algae bloom dead or alive?

    The best way to see if you have something organic growing in the pool is to do an Overnight Chlorine Loss Test. Once you have your test kit give that a try.
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