I just joined tonight after finding poolforum.com and then finding out they aren't taking new members. I have an 18' round AG pool and have been using Baquacil in it since I got it in 2001. Last August it started with the algae, and I have been battling it all season this year. Two weeks ago I started the new Baquacil CDX which is supposed to help maintain the oxidizer levels throughout the month and eliminate the need for algaecide. Well, six days after I started it my oxidizer was down to zero again. I dosed up and 5 days later I had new green algae and another surprise... a red slime all over my skimmer basket and the poolskim (leaf catcher) basket. Never seen anything like it... it was nasty!!! I tested again... no oxidizer, so I dosed up. Tested again today and it was already low again after only two days.
My search on red algae let me to poolforum.com and then here. I read that the red slime is not algae but a fungus, and I also read somewhere that once you get it in a Baquacil pool, you are pretty much doomed. So I am really tempted to convert but feel like I should give this new CDX a chance. However, if I see that red slime again, I will probably head straight to Walmart to stock up on bleach.
So what about test kits if I decide to go through with this? Pros/cons to the Taylor K2006 or the TF100?