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    Mistake!!! Possible fixes?

    I have about 3 weeks to run the pool yet and I made a big mistake!
    I put silica sand in the filter and it's not as fine as filter sand. My water is well balanced but cloudy and normally I'd just toss in some clarifier and be all set. I know I can put a small amount of diatomaceous earth in the filter, which will help it work better. Should I do both?

    I am going to remove most of the sand (uses 210 pounds) and replace it with the right stuff in the spring when I reopen it so I just need to get the next 3 weeks done.

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    Re: Mistake!!! Possible fixes?

    Your best bet is probably a fine skimmer sock or a slime bag. Adding DE to regular sand is probably going to just go right thru the filter. Clifier might work but it's not normally recommended and may not work anyway.
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    Re: Mistake!!! Possible fixes?

    I got some DE free so I'll try it, worst it can do is nothing. I've read here where others have used about 3/4cup with some benefit. I will put on a filter sock and see if it does any good. News when some happens! Lesson learned too, filter sand only from now on. I've never had this much trouble, normally it's nice and clear all season.
    Pool guy for my wife's aquatic tanning salon
    30' round 23k gallons Borax, Arm&Hammer and a chlorine feeder get it done. Deck is a work in process.

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