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    Possible causes for cloudy water

    Yesterday my step son and grand-son had a pool party at my home. When I came home that afternoon, I noticed that the water was slightly cloudy. I checked the pH and chlorine levels (7.45 pH, 4.8 FC, 1. CC) and there were right where they should be. I also checked the FC the following morning (over night FC drop test) and the reading in the morning was 4.5 FC. So an overnight drop of 0.3 ppm implies little or no organics. Other test reads (from various previous test):
    TA 50
    CH 280
    CYA 70
    Borates 30
    Temp 90F

    I have noticed in the past when this occurs, the cloudiness usually disappears in a day or two. Any ideas on the cause and solution?
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    Re: Possible causes for cloudy water

    Your CC is 1 and that indicates a need to shock your pool. Any CC >0.5 means that you should shock.

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    Re: Possible causes for cloudy water

    is the 1. a typo and should read .1? If so, I would just bump up the chlorine a little above normal and give it a day or so to see.
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    Re: Possible causes for cloudy water

    Quote Originally Posted by Melt In The Sun
    is the 1. a typo and should read .1? If so, I would just bump up the chlorine a little above normal and give it a day or so to see.
    That's possible too, although I don't see how you could read anything less than 0.2 on a FAS-DPD. Assuming that it is 0.1, your suggestion to bump the FC would be good. I typically bump the FC a couple of ppm before parties for the oxidation boost and then give it some filter time.

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    Re: Possible causes for cloudy water

    It is a typo, the CC is 0.1 ppm. I use a Hach chlorine colorimeter. Sorry for the late reply, grandson and company were over all weekend. Saturday morning I purchase a bottle of poly-quat algecide which I was using last year. It is suppose to have flocculating properties in addition to being an algeacide. By Sunday morning the water was clear. Still do not have a reason for the cloudly water.
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    Re: Possible causes for cloudy water

    The water can get a little cloudy after a lot of people have been in the pool. Stuff on the bottom can get stirred up, swimmer waste is being oxidized, etc. It usually clears by the next day.

    BTW, the algecide is really not needed.
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    Re: Possible causes for cloudy water

    I have thought about bottom sediment being stirred up, however I have a suction side pool cleaner that resides in the pool most of the time when nobody is using the pool. So any bottom sediment is going to be sent to the filter.

    I'm think suspended skin oils, skin flakes etc. Also dissolved air bubbles (very small bubbles) etc.
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