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    Help need advice green pool

    We have been fightin algae all summer. We get our pool cloudy white and then it turns green again. All our numbers when the water is tested at the pool store (I know). Show normal levels except the chlorine is zero. We have tried to slam it but we are waiting on the test kit and it won't be here til Tuesday. We have dumped 1600 oz bleach three times and our chlorine level is still showing at zero to 3. Not sure what to do now. Our pool is inground vinyl 33000 gallons on a salt water generator. (Hayward) Is there anything we can do now? I am so frustrated. I have brushed this pool so much this season my bis and tris are getting overworked! Thanks! We want to fire the pool store!

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    Re: Help need advice green pool

    That is a long time for shipping a test kit. I could get it to you overnight (that costs a little bit more) or definitely two day via UPS. You really need to find out what is in your pool water.

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    Re: Help need advice green pool

    Welcome to TFP!

    +1 to ordering a TF-100 from TFTestkits.net, it is the best value and ships fast. Pool School - Test Kits Compared Whichever test kit you order make sure is has the FAS/DPD chlorine test and a CYA test.

    Do some reading while you wait for your test kit.
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    Re: Help need advice green pool

    I'm getting the Taylor 2006 kit. Order on Amazon two day but now it says Tuesday arrival. Ugh. I have been reading a lot I will let u know ASAP when kit comes in. In the mean time my cya was 70 pool store test should I keep adding bleach for now?

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    Re: Help need advice green pool

    Yes, brush daily and keep FC around 10 ppm. Also, add your pool info to your signature so shown here, Pool School - Read This BEFORE You Post
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    Re: Help need advice green pool

    Will do it was in the original post. Thanks. R

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    Re: Help need advice green pool

    Sounds like you are on the right track.

    This is the kind of frustrating treadmill folks end up on with bad pool store advice.

    You add enough chlorine to kill 50% of the algae - and then let it grow back. And then do it again, and again, and again.

    The methods here are designed to kill 100% of the algae - and then keep enough FC in the water to never let algae spore to take hold in the pool.
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    Re: Help need advice green pool

    In a pinch, you can get a CYA test in the HTH 6-way test kit from Wal Mart. Once you know your CYA, then you'll know what your target SLAM level should be and you can use PoolMath to figure out how much bleach to add at least the first time. You'll also know if your CYA is so high that you'll need to drain and replace some water, and you can get that started if necessary.



    After that though, since your target will almost certainly be over 5 ppm, you'll be flying blind until you get the FAS-DPD test with your K-2006.
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    Re: Help need advice green pool

    Also, if you are SLAMming, you will likely need more R-0870 and R-0871 for CL testing than you will have in your test kit.

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