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    Aqua Rite SWG start up question

    I am in the process of installing my new Aqua Rite SWG and have a question about the water preparation.

    In the manual it says, "If the pool does not have new water, add 1 Quart of metal remover and 1 quart of non-copper based algaecide to the pool, per manufacturers instructions."

    I left the water in the pool from last year and used the BBB method and have never added any algaecide but I think the previous owner did. Do I still need to add these two chemicals and if so, what is metal remover??

    Other than that I am planning on opening the pool as I did last year; getting the water balanced and stable before transfering to the SWG.

    Any other advice I need to know?
    Dave in Sikeston, Mo.
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    Re: Aqua Rite SWG start up question

    I don't think there's any reason to add that stuff. Sounds like you already know this, but just keep a close eye on the FC until you get everything dialed in.
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    Re: Aqua Rite SWG start up question

    The metal removers are to remove a variety of metals that exist in groundwater or in your water supply in some regions, or could come from algaecide use. You can have your water tested to see if any significant quantities of these metals exist, then add the metal removers only if necessary. If you've been maintaining the water chemistry, have a good FC level, then the algaecide is not necessary either.

    As you add your salt, add less than the calculated amount, then add 1 or 2 bags at a time to reach the desired salinity level. This may help prevent adding too much salt, which would require draining some water to dilute. Generally, if you follow the instructions, you won't have any problems.
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    Re: Aqua Rite SWG start up question

    Sounds like good advice, thanks! I know that my SWG gives salt level readings, but should I also use some salt test strips to double check? Which ones work best?
    Dave in Sikeston, Mo.
    27' AG, 16K, vinyl, 1.5 HP pump, Pentair Meteor sand filter, Hayward Aqua Rite 25K SWG, Pentair E-Z Vac cleaner, TF100 test kit

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    Re: Aqua Rite SWG start up question

    The great majority of the time the salt test in the SWG is better. However, when the cell is about to fail the salt test in the SWG can often be wildly wrong.
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