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    Getting sand on bottom

    Here's my story... I put an AGP 24' round in about 4 yrs ago...my first year had a little sand on bottom..vacuum every 2-3 days....inquired with pool installer said was normal...installer a big DH to deal with....now 4yrs later...i have to vacuum everyday..if not twice a day. i get just enough that it makes the pool look dirty (gathers in the wrinkles in liner)

    from reading it may be my laterals....now i'm a noobie.....is this a big process...i know i'll have to remove the sand to check this.. then i might as well replace my sand

    Is there a "how to" for this or can someone lead me in the right direction


    Thanx Onad
    24' round 52" high, 11k gal, AG,1.5hp pump and sand filter, maxiflo heat exchanger pool heater

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    Re: Getting sand on bottom

    First you should make sure it is sand, try to pick it up with your fingers. If you can it's sand, if you can't it could be yellow algae or something similar.
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    Re: Getting sand on bottom

    I have been looking at different threads.....it might be algea..should I get rid of this before i close for the winter.. i got in last night.to look..and it just doesn't feel 100% sand...so now i'm towards algea

    thanx Onad
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    Re: Getting sand on bottom

    You need an FAS-DPD chlorine test, and then you need to perform an overnight loss test, to determine if it's algae. Sometimes even that is not conclusive. There are many mistaking pollen/dust/dirt for mustard algae. Try collecting a sample and looking at it under a microscope if you can.

    If it's mustard algae, it will dissappear at shock levels, and then it will reappear when the FC drops to "normal" levels. If the crud is still present while at shock level then it probably isn't mustard algae.
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    Re: Getting sand on bottom

    thanx ..i will try to get it examined... my concern would be if the algea would die over the winter when the pool water freezes?

    thanx onad
    24' round 52" high, 11k gal, AG,1.5hp pump and sand filter, maxiflo heat exchanger pool heater

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    Re: Getting sand on bottom

    If you have algae at the start of winter, you will open up to an algae problem in the spring. Unless you live somewhere in Canada where you pool freezes solid for months, you will likely open to a swamp.
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    Re: Getting sand on bottom

    that must be my problem...i had a h*** of a time getting my pool clear this season when i opened

    here's my situation..... i'm in eastern canada..pool freezes solid....right now i have two feet of water left in pool ( pool store told me to do this for closing) and i have added the winterization kit ( stain preventor, shock, algicide) ..i brushed to mix everything up... should i add some shock every couple of days then brush again?

    thanks guys for the help....eveytime i talk to the guy at the store...he's got such attitude...i walk out everytime wondering why i keep going back to the store

    my pool is 24' round 52" high.... by end of December my pool is filled to return jet

    thanx onad
    24' round 52" high, 11k gal, AG,1.5hp pump and sand filter, maxiflo heat exchanger pool heater

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    Re: Getting sand on bottom

    If everything is winterized already, IMHO just deal with it in the spring. So you leave it uncovered all winter?
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    Re: Getting sand on bottom

    yes leave uncovered..was told by store not to cover over winter... try to scoop out as much leaves as can before the real cold weather starts...to get a head start on it for next season

    thanx onad
    24' round 52" high, 11k gal, AG,1.5hp pump and sand filter, maxiflo heat exchanger pool heater

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