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    Stains algae and/or metal?

    We've got quite some stains in our pool, trying to get them out. We've used vitamin C to see if it would lessen, it did. Than we used stain free, but that only helped a bit.
    We don't know if it's algae, musterd algae or 'just' metal stains.
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    Re: Stains algae and/or metal?

    Hello and welcome to TFP! Vitamin C should have an effect if it's a metal-related stain. If it's organic, such as algae, then you can test with a trichlor tablet. If that works better it could very-well be algae in which case you would want to "SLAM", or at least perform an overnight (OCLT) test to see if you need to SLAM. Pool School - Perform the Overnight FC Loss Test (OCLT) Since you have well water that probably contains metal (iron), a higher FC (SLAM) level could cause the metal to precipitate out and try to change the color of the water or introduce more stains. You'll want to watch that closely.

    You might also want to post a full set of water test results from a TF-100 or Taylor K-2006C test kit to help us determine if there are any other issue happening. If you don't have one of those, it should be a priority to help you manage the water accurately. Nice to have you with us.
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    Re: Stains algae and/or metal?

    If it's algae, brushing should affect it. Metals stains will NOT brush off.


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    Re: Stains algae and/or metal?

    I shocked the pool with chlorine yesterday.
    FC 0,2
    PH 7,4
    TA 190
    That's all I can test right now.
    I know we had algae, I could brush then off. The seem to be gone right now, but since the FC level is way to low (I can't seem to get it up) I can not do the overnight test (I guess)
    The water slightly irritates the skin. Is that because of the high TA?


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    Re: Stains algae and/or metal?

    Texas Splash has you covered in post #2. You need a good test kit, without that you are flying blind.

    Also, no, high TA is not irritating your skin.
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    Re: Stains algae and/or metal?

    I know, Test kit is on its way.
    For now I'll just keep adding chlorine I guess


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    Re: Stains algae and/or metal?

    The stain free contains citric acid/ascorbic acid and will fight your FC. You need to add chlorine until it holds and check back every few hours to avoid getting too low.

    I take it you don't have one of the recommended kits. Get yourself a tft100 or Taylor k2006 (TFTestkits.net) and then do an Overnight Chlorine Loss Test to determine if you have organics or not.

    You do not want to shock unless you have to when dealing with metals, but you do need to very accurately read your water parameters with one of the recommended kits if you want to control metals/treatments the TFP way. If you can post back OCLT results, I can assist you further

    Have a read through pool school and the FC/CYA Chart to familiarize yourself a bit...don't want to overload you with info until you're up to speed.

    One more top...metals stay in solution better at about 7.2 ph.

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    Stains algae and/or metal?

    Thank you.
    Since the FC level is so low I had my swg run most of the night. Yesterday evening FC was 0,6 this morning it was 0,2.
    I figure I have to get it up before I can run the OCLT.
    Cya was tested last week in store and was 60. Ph was to high (about 8) so we added muriatic acid.
    I allready ordered a more extensive kit, it'll arrive tomorrow.
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    Re: Stains algae and/or metal?


    Here are some pics of the stains (finally figured out how to do add them )


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    Re: Stains algae and/or metal?

    I would add a half gallon of bleach today (now, actuallyl ) with the pump running.

    e: Make that a whole gallon.
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    Re: Stains algae and/or metal?

    Will do that. Thanks!!!


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    Re: Stains algae and/or metal?

    Added the half gallon of bleach about half an hour ago, FC up to 2,0! Yeah! Finally!
    (I didn't see the whole gallon remark, do I still need to add the rest of the gallon?)
    I take it it is safe to swim?


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    Re: Stains algae and/or metal?

    "Need" isn't the right word. You have some FC in there now, which is good to slow the progress of the algae. More won't hurt, at worst it's wasteful.

    One of the criteria of if it is safe to swim is that your FC is above the minimum and below the SLAM for your CYA which we don't know. (others being water clear to the bottom and pH in the 7s)

    That being said, it is probably ok to get in the water.
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    Re: Stains algae and/or metal?

    Thanks. I'll add the rest of the gallon!
    So grateful for your help!


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    Re: Stains algae and/or metal?

    FC 4
    CC 0.5
    TA 210
    PH 7,5/7,8 (in between)
    CH 275
    Temp. 92
    Salt 3100 100%
    CYA uhm. Well. When the tube was completely filled the black dot, kinda sorta, disappeared. Which means that there's way to little of it.
    I know I have to add stabilizer. Does the liquid stabilizer work faster than the solid (granulate) one?
    Btw thanks to you guys the water is crystal clear and the algae is, kind of, gone.
    Tonight the pool get filled up again so I'll probably run an OCLT tomorrow night.


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    Re: Stains algae and/or metal?

    Good news! Yes, the liquid is faster but costs quite a bit more. Some aggressive sock squeezing can get the granular dissolved in a day.
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    Stains algae and/or metal?

    Sock squeezing meaning litteraly put the stabilizer in a sock (like the one you put on your feet) put it in the pump and squeeze it regularly?
    (Sorry, I'm Dutch. English is not my native language)


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    Re: Stains algae and/or metal?

    Whoopsadaisy. 81 oz. That's one large sock! Lol.


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    Re: Stains algae and/or metal?

    Ha! Yes, a regular old tube sock. Or two. Either hang it in front of a pool return or put it in the skimmer basket. If you are in the pool swim around with it. More here, Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals
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    Re: Stains algae and/or metal?

    One is already in there (we had 15 oz of stabilizer in stock. The rest will be added tomorrow. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.


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