So.....is THIS what your BaquaCrud pool is looking like?
"You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same......
Sometimes you wanna go.... where everybody feels your pain!" -Cheers to TFP and to all who contribute!!!
And what a pain my BaquaCrud pool has been! Well, not in the beginning at least. We had an 18x36 Oasis shaped, vinyl lined, IG pool installed in 2006. We gave much thought as to the type of water sanitation we would use. We have 2 children and decided that the advantages of a BaquaCrud system would be well worth the extra expense of maintaining our pool. And we were happy. So satisfied with the product that I too touted its wonderful advantages over chlorine or salt systems. The clarity of the water, the silky feel on your skin, the relatively simple chemical maintenance, you'd think I was splitting the pool salesmen's commission or better yet as a previous poster said, "I owned stock in the company!"
Well (not so) fast forward to the end of 2008's swim season and I noticed that the deep end wasn't looking quite as clear as I would've liked. So with water sample in hand, its off to "the pool store" to begin what would amount to (no pun intended) a very expensive, very frustrating, very disappointing journey to clear my cloudy and worsening water. Well we finished off the season "dealing with" (pronounced:SPENDING!) the water clarity to no avail. We closed the pool and at the beginning of this year's season made a point and every effort to "start things right." Again with the water sample, the advice of the "the pool store" associate, the emptying wallet and emptying bottles, jugs and tubs of Oxidizer, Sanitizer, Algaecide, pH UP pH DOWN, Water Clarifier, oh I don't know, "why don't we try a DE alternative directly into the skimmer? Oh that didn't work either? You know, your 200lbs of sand should be good, but maybe its got channeling. Yeah, how 'bout trying some ZEO-Sand? Its a better engineered granular design that out-performs sand. THAT oughtta do it for you!" OK, now I'm gonna stop here. Stop because I'm only getting myself all worked up recalling this. And I'm sure there is a lot of head-nodding, uh-huh-ing and OMG-ing going on.
So, fast forward some more now to 2 weeks ago when I'm Google-ing looking for some answers. Looking for the answer as to why my water TURNED GREEN practically overnight. That's when I came across the TFP web site. I could not believe all the same stories and experiences that had been posted. It took me about 3 days of Forum reading and reviewing before I decided to go to the grocery store to buy my first 30 bottles of 96oz Clorox. (more on that later) I've since done my Costco run and am using 182oz. jugs. So I started my BaquaCrud Conversion on Sunday May 31st. And YES, I have been taking lotsa pictures (I'll be posting them soon) and YES on Tuesday June 2nd I received my "do it yerself junior chemist kit" the TF-100! Can I get a whoop-whoop!?! OK I gotta get going now. Gotta check the pool progress. will post pics soon.
Progress so far:
Started Clorox on Sunday. Sunday used: 16 small (96oz) jugs
Monday continued dosing. Monday used: 12 small (96oz) and 4 large (182oz) jugs
Tuesday Test 1 as a base test
Tuesday Test 1 Results:
Tuesday 2:00pm 3 big bottles
Tuesday 4:00pm 3 big bottles
Tuesday 4:20pm Test 2 results
Tuesday Test 2 4:20pm
No Clorox added
Tuesday 7:30pm Test 3 results:
Tuesday Test 3
Tuesday 9:00pm added 6 big bottles
Tuesday 11:30pm added 8 big bottles
Wednesday 9:00am Test 01 results
Wednesday Test 01 *****
******Question: Do these numbers sound right?
Wednesday 9:30am added 3 big bottles
Wednesday 2:30pm Test 02 results
Wednesday Test 02
Pool is still green, though it has lightened/cleared some particularly on the steps in the shallow end.
I will continue to dose 3 large bottles (182oz) and will sample and test after 1 hour of dosing.
Still can't post my pics.
Current time 3:30pm Wednesday