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    New Pool Setup - Brown Problem

    I just purchased my kit and would like to use the BBB method. However, I'm not 100% sure how to get started. Do I test everything in the kit and then how do I know how much Bleach Borax or Baking Soda to add. Does it tell you someplace on this site or another site? I filled my pool up and within 1 day it turned green. I added 2 gallons of bleach and now it is brown. We have had this pool for 2 years and have nothing put issues going to the pool store. We have only been able to keep it clear for a few days. So I decided to try this BBB method vs. going to the pool store. Any advice would be helpful as we are just getting started with this method.
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    Re: New Pool Setup - Brown Problem

    Welcome to TFP!

    The best place to start balancing your water is here: ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry, read up a little so you know what questions to ask and what the answers mean.

    It sounds like you have iron in your water, more here, Pool School - Metals in the Water and Metal Stains
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    Re: New Pool Setup - Brown Problem

    Pool school has all of the answers, though it can seem overwhelming at first.

    The pool calculator is invaluable and will help you figure out the quantities of bleach, acid, etc to add.

    Your scenario sounds just like mine. I filled from a well, then a few days later., it was nasty brown. I had tremendous success using the 5 gallon bucket iron filter. It sounds like a gimmick, but it turned my pool sparkling in 2.5 days. What came out of the bucket was pure rust.

    You've come to the right place!
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    Re: New Pool Setup - Brown Problem

    Yes, very overwhelming. I wish they just had a document that says - do the following tests; and based on the results it would tell you what to add to the pool. We have been struggling with this for 2 years and unable to keep the pool clear. Is the 5 gallon bucket iron filter an actual filer? We were told by the pool store last year to purchase a $300 sand filter and it should solve our problems, so we purchased it this year and it hasn't. I reviewed the ABCs of Pool Water, but it just is explaining what each component is - I really need the basics of what to even do to get started! Thanks for your help!!!
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