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    cloudy pool

    hello everybody i am a new pool owner and am having problems
    i have a intex 18'+4' above ground pool and just had my water tested and found out i have mustard algae here are my numbers
    temp 85
    cya not tested- store said could not give accurate number due to algae
    tc .5
    fc .5
    ta 180
    green algae light
    mustard algae yes
    tds 600
    total hardness 300
    i would really like to use the bbb method to clear this up
    i need help

    thanks keith
    18'x48" intex agp
    1.5 hp pump w/paper filter
    apx 6000 gals
    25k gallon in ground plaster pool
    Phoenix, AZ
    Sand Filter
    Very old pump; no idea of the flow rate

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    Re: cloudy pool

    Hi, and welcome!

    Read Pool School. You will find all the info there that you need. If you still have questions, please post back in this thread!

    You did not mention your pH... But what you mostly need now is bleach. Refer to this chart in pool school, and start shocking your pool. You can use Jason's calculator to help you figure out how much bleach you will need!

    8200 gallon 20' x 48" round vinyl frame pool, manually chlorinated with 10% liquid, salt added to ~2000, 12" sand filter, 1600gph pump, TF100 test kit
    Handy Links: PoolMath, TF-100 Test Kit, Pool School, Chlorine/CYA Chart
    "Shock" is a process, not a product!

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    South Carolina

    Re: cloudy pool

    Hi Keith,

    Welcome to the forum
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    1)You lose 1ppm or less FC overnight, & 2)You have .5ppm CC's or less, & 3)your water is clear.

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    Re: cloudy pool

    i added 4 lbs of shock
    1/2 quart of black algacide
    rinsing filters every three hours(paper filters)
    still cloudy
    25k gallon in ground plaster pool
    Phoenix, AZ
    Sand Filter
    Very old pump; no idea of the flow rate

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    Apr 2007
    Sebring, Florida

    Re: cloudy pool

    i would really like to use the bbb method to clear this up
    Your post above does not support this statement. Chlorine will clear your pool.

    If you can post numbers for CYA and Chlorine and pH, we can get you started. The presence of algae is irrelevant in testing for CYA.
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    May 2007
    SWSuburban Chicago, IL

    Re: cloudy pool

    Hi Keith.

    IMHO, you are getting bad advise and totally being "pool stored".

    First of all, Black Algae doesn't grow in above ground pools. Black Algae and Mustard Algae take hold when pools have been improperly maintained for long periods. This is an Intex pool - when was it filled? How have you been maintaining chlorine until now?

    You don't need any kind of "algaecide" you need chlorine, and lots of it.

    Chlorine kills algae. Algaecide is more of a preventative, and even then we only recommend a particular kind.

    The products you are being told to use by the pool store could be doing more harm then good.

    Also, the filters are disposable. In "Normal" conditions, they are only meant to last 1-2 weeks. If you are trying to clear your water, you will need to stock up and replace them daily, hosing them off but replacing them every 1-2 days.

    You CAN test for CYA despite their claim of algae present. Pure hogwash.

    What is the active ingredient in the 4 lbs of "shock"?

    You need your own test kit, at the very least get the 6-way test kit from Wal-mart for around $20.

    Please stop listening to the pool store, they are not helping you.
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
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