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Thread: Converted From Baquacil To SWG = Happy!

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    Converted From Baquacil To SWG = Happy!

    We had a chlorine pool given to us about 13 years ago. 24' above ground. First year with chlorine was horrible battle with algae and seemed like a science experiment gone bad. Our neighbor suggested Bacquacil, so I converted to that about 11 years ago. It worked fine for us and we could leave the pool unattended for a couple weeks during vacations, etc... however, it was VERY expensive. After about 3-4 years we started getting algae again. The solution offered by the pool store was always 'add this algaecide". It happened about twice a year. I got to wondering where that algaecide was going. The water started getting a weird taste. The pool would always clean up nice, and look good in the spring, but then two months into it, boom! Algae again. We were spending a tad over $200 a season on chemicals.

    I started looking and found this site. Great! I drained our pool this past June, smoothed out the wrinkles in the liner, filled it with fresh water, installed a cheap Intex SWG $169.00 and dumped in $40 worth of salt. After a week I added some CYA to bring it up to proper levels. That is all I have done to it since June 21!!!

    I still need to balance out the calcium hardness as my SWG gets crusted up about every two weeks. Then I just soak it in vinegar overnight and off I go again. Once I take care of that, I'm pretty sure it will go much longer between vinegar soaks.

    We run our sand filter 8 hours a day on a timer. The SWG runs for 3 hours a day and that keeps the chlorine at just the right level. As long as there isn't a power outage the Intex maintains its program. If not, it just shuts itself down until you resolve it. It is a cheap unit but works as advertised.

    All in all I'd have to say that I waited too long to switch away from the Bacquacil. The saltwater pool is much nicer than the Bacquacil ever was.
    21k IG : Hayward Perflex EC65A DE Filter + 1.4 THP Northstar pump : Aquabot Turbo T2 : DelZone Eclipse-4 Ozonator : Floatron Ionizer : Some chlorine
    Pool cover an elephant can stand on. Painted concrete base or shell, with fiberglass upper side walls, and plastic/vinyl rim. Concrete deck.

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    keri1973's Avatar
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    Apr 2009
    Pensacola, FL

    Re: Converted From Baquacil To SWG = Happy!

    Where did you get your SWG and how did you install it?? Is it the kind that hooks in the plumbing?
    18ft. Arcadia Round AGP - 19" Sand Filter, 1 hp pump
    Foam cove/ Gorilla Pad/ Wedding cake steps
    Sta Rite Lil' Shark cleaner and Aquabot Pool Rover cleaner - Aqua-Luminator light and return flow w/fountain attachment
    Added Borates 5/19/09 Taylor K-1005 and Taylor FAS-DPD Chlorine Tests

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    frustratedpoolmom's Avatar
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    May 2007
    SWSuburban Chicago, IL

    Re: Converted From Baquacil To SWG = Happy!

    Walmart has the Intex SWGs on clearance right now for around $150.
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
    24' round AG pool, 52" high, Raypak heater; Waterway 2 spd Pump;
    150 Sq ft. Clearwater Cartridge Filter; Former and DISSATISFIED "Pool Frog" owner

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    Re: Converted From Baquacil To SWG = Happy!

    I have a question about SWG"s. The pool store where I "used to" buy my baqucil told me I couldn't use a salt water system with an AG pool w/ metal sides. She said it would rust my metal and I would be replacing my pool in a year. Is that just more "pool store" talk?

    Converted to BBB and LOVE it.

    27' 17,000 gal, AG,cartridge filter, 2.5 HP Waterway 2 speed

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    Jul 2008
    Solon, Iowa

    Re: Converted From Baquacil To SWG = Happy!


    There are a lot of happy AGP owners (metal sides) here with SWCG. If SWCG were incompatible with metal-sided AGP's you'd read about it here! With that said, if you see any scratches or gouges on the sides or top rail that reach bare metal, you might want to touch them up. And with a SWCG pool you also discover which pool accessories used high-grade stainless fastners versus low-grade stuff.

    15X30 AGP, Lomart beaded liner;
    1.5 HP Sta-Rite pump with 21 inch sand filter (Zeobrite media)
    Mineral Springs (Aquatrol) SWCG, Rigid PVC plumbing, 2 inch
    Four 4X12 Techno-Solis solar panels, rack mounted, Goldline Solar Controller

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