Over the 28 years we've had our pool I've used chlorine and baquacil products, draining pool halfway for winter as Wisconsin climate warrants. It's been on baquacil for the past 5 or 6 years. Normally when I open in spring, I fill, vacuum to waste, fill, add Baquacil flocculent, wait for water to clear and settle, vacuum to waste again and refill. If it's green, then I had chlorine shock, and go through the process of clearing the chlorine to get back on baquacil. Pool stays nice till about half way through summer, then becomes a struggle to keep it clear.
Two weeks ago, when the water was not green but cloudy, I added the flocculent to the half filled pool thinking to save a step, but it did not settle things to the bottom and now it's green. We don't have leaf problems, but pollen from pine trees and whatever bugs/worms like to get in as its not covered in winter.
I found this website, read through some info and am interested in converting back to chlorine for $$$ reasons. (I ordered the TFTestkit TF-100XL this morning.)
Two days ago I bought 2 cases of chlorine shock and another container of Baquacil flocculent which I'm told I can use with chlorine. I filled the pool last night thinking to add the chlorine, run the pump till it got closer to blue, add the flocculent to settle things, vacuum to waste, then refill. After reading through some of the info on the site, now I'm not sure if my procedure is the way to go.
We have well water and with cartridge filters that are hard to get and must be ordered every year, I NEED to vacuum to waste, or I will be dumping a lot of money and time into the pool. There is always debris on the bottom.
I've not read any post about conversion to chlorine that says their dealing with well water or using a flocculent.
I have not done a water test, but will get one this afternoon. My own test kit will arrive on Wed. In the meantime, suggestions on the use of the Baquacil flocculent with chlorine or anything else would be welcome.