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    Trying to balance water. AGAIN!

    Ok, so we've had a bajillion amounts of rain here north of Houston!
    and my pool turned green cause I lost my salt and chlorine. And it was raining so much I gave up!
    So now I've gotten it clear, bottom almost totally cleaned.
    Trying to keep my FC up. Adding SO much liquid chlorine it's ridiculous.
    So
    FC 11 had it at 22 it's dropped.
    CC 0.5
    cya 50
    ph 7.8

    I've spent so much money on chlorine. People probably think I'm crazy!
    Is there another way????
    how much more bleach. I can't keep testing the water I'm running out of R871
    with a SWG I need FC at 32.....
    Imma bout to cry!!!! ((((
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    Re: Trying to balance water. AGAIN!

    Welcome back! Well, you've gotten yourself into an algae pickle. Nope, no other way but bleach. HEB's Bravo or Wal-Mart's Great Value for sure. Just stick with it and maintain that FC of 20 as best as you can. After the SLAM is complete, increase your CYA to 70 as it should be for your SWG pool and that should help take better care of your SWG's FC production. Better order some more R-0871 drops now though.... powder too if that's low.

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    Re: Trying to balance water. AGAIN!

    One of the subtle forces that cause people to get in your situation is the reluctance to use so much bleach. Bu that's what keeps algae out of your pool and, importantly, keeps you from having to use even MORE bleach than you would have.

    That's all water under the bridge. Your choice if you want to keep the pool up and swim some more or just let it stay yucky.

    The forum and methods we use wouldn't exist if there was a cheaper way. Sorry, no really good news.

    SLAM your pool but don't start until you get enough reagents in your possession.

    PS - you are wa-a-y mixed up on several items.....a CYA of 50 only calls for a SLAM value of 20.....where did you get 32?
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    Re: Trying to balance water. AGAIN!

    Thank y'all!!
    I'll just buy more and do what I can.
    I got 32 because my CYA is supposed to be 70-80
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    Re: Trying to balance water. AGAIN!

    You target SLAM levels one where your CYA is rather than where you want it to be.

    Don't raise your CYA to 70 yet. Do it after you're done SLAMming. Did you have to drain any water because of the rain? If so, have you checked your CYA since? Your CYA may be lower, meaning you can use lower FC levels during the SLAM.

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    Re: Trying to balance water. AGAIN!

    Since CYA is now 50, please leave it right there and your SLAM will be much easier.....20 ppm to get to and maintain.

    Stay diligent.
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    Re: Trying to balance water. AGAIN!

    OH, ok, I didn't realize that because the CYA was lower the SLAM would be lower...
    It's been a rough time LOL
    Yes, I did have to drain water twice. But I took CYA readings this morning & I'm at 50.
    I have not added any CYA, I was going to wait till after the SLAM
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    Re: Trying to balance water. AGAIN!

    Yup, add CYA to your 70-80 level after the SLAM. We all know how life gets in the way and it doesn't take much for your pool to get a little green. Especially when it's raining like crazy on ya !!

    If you're CYA is 50 then you need to maintain that 20 as best you can. Letting it drop wastes the chlorine that's in there since it's not killing algae. It's only killing it when it's up at 20. You may need to test and add more often to keep the FC up there.
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    Re: Trying to balance water. AGAIN!

    Did you turn your SWCG and or Pool pump off during this time period? Did you just turn off the SWCG? Did is stop working due to low salt? Do you have test strips for Salt?

    Even with the rain this shouldn't have happened unless your SWCG quit generating Chlorine.
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    Re: Trying to balance water. AGAIN!

    I had everything off for like a week or 2 lol
    My pool literally overflowed with water everyday for 2 weeks. Which make it too high for my skimmer. I couldn't keep the water low enough.
    My SWG is telling me low salt, which I don't doubt it.
    I'm going to get some salt today, & I already have plenty of bleach in there.
    I should be good in the next couple days!
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