Successfully kept my pool algae-free for most of the summer (phew) but I have to say, the balance between keeping the chlorine at just a couple of points vs. letting it go to zero accidentally is a razor's edge. I thought I had fixed my salt cell, and now it's giving me more problems (argh). Turned my back for a day or two, and here we go...
Checked the pool today and it looks like it's got just the tiniest bit of algae in it. It's orange-ish algae, which is the same kind I always get when I turn my back. I measured the FC and it was 0, but it couldn't have been at 0 for more than a day or two at the most. I brushed it immediately and poured a gallon of liquid chlorine in (this normally raises FC by 7 in my pool).
So, another beginner question. Is this just a "little" algae outbreak and am I safe if I keep my chlorine slightly elevated and brush regularly? Or do I need to follow the whole SLAM recipe? I hate to do that at the peak of summer when my kids want to go in and swim every day.
PH = 7.8 (about to lower it with some muriatic right now)
TA = 90
CYA = 50