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    algea control with bbb

    If my chlorine levels are all on target and i am using the bbb method then would i still be adding "algeacide"?Or would that be the bbba method?lol.please inform me.
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    Re: algea control with bbb

    Most of us doing the BBB method do not need to use an algaecide.
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    Re: algea control with bbb

    So whether a person uses liqiud chlorine or trichlor as a primary sanitizer and this keeps the water at the proper levels then my question is did i really have to use algeacide at all?Or was this just another added expense?Still learning.
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    Re: algea control with bbb

    Well, most of us doing BBB use either liquid chlorine/bleach or a SWG.

    Every pool is different. If one needs an algaecide, we only recommend the PolyQuat60.
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    Re: algea control with bbb

    So then,i should only use an algeacide if i have an algea situation out of control rather than just a preventative measure.I am ready to switch to bleach and i am already using borax to control my ph.Up until now i have been adding a maintenance dose of algeacide every week,something i do not need to do i think.still learning.
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    Re: algea control with bbb

    If you're using trichlor then there's a pretty good chance your CYA level is 100 or higher, and in that case you do want to use a maintenance/preventative dose of algaecide. Do you know what your CYA level is?

    Word is that algaecide is a reasonable preventative but not much use if the algae is already in full bloom. Which kinda makes you wonder why they call it an algaeCIDE but that's a different topic.
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    Re: algea control with bbb

    If you use the BBB method then you don't use trichlor.
    Also, maybe BBB should be changed to BBB-T - BBB and Testing. Without testing with a good kit (see the Pool School) you're in the dark.
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    Re: algea control with bbb

    I don't recommend using an algaecide unless you know that you are going to be missing days of taking care of the pool occasionally. As long as you maintain the correct FC levels, algaecide isn't needed. One of the BBB principals is to never add things to the pool unless they are really needed. For most people most of the time algaecide isn't needed.
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    Re: algea control with bbb

    O.k thats what i needed to know,algeacide should not be added unless needed.I use the taylor fas-dpd from leslies.My numbers last night
    fc 4.5
    cc .2
    ph 7.4
    ta 100
    cya 85
    I am about to convert to the bbb method,i have already been using borax and should use less once i switch to bleach.The trichlor has always brought my ph down.
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    Re: algea control with bbb

    when/if you switch, make sure you get that chlorine level up soon.
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    Re: algea control with bbb

    With a CYA of 85, and assuming you don't have a SWG, you should always keep FC at 7 or higher.
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