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    Mineral cartridge removed..update.

    In previous years, I was getting a yellowish/brownish stain on my skimmer and pump baskets, returns and a little on my white stairs. The pool builder installed a DuoClear system (pool built in 2007). Prior to finding Trouble Free Pool, I used to toss in a plastic ball filled with some sort of liquid that the pool store sold and the stains would disappear, but a few months later they'd be back (probably ascorbic acid).

    Last fall, I removed the mineral 'bag' from the mineral cartridge (with the DuoClear, the cartridge has to be in for the system to hold water), reinstalled the cartridge (sans mineral bag) and did a Vitamin C cleanup. So far this year, after one month of running (plus one month last fall) there are no signs of any staining. I truly think the staining was caused by the mineral cartridge (my pool chemistry has never been way out of whack, and there are no metals in my fill water).

    Just as mentioned many times, by many knowledgeable people here, those 'mineral' systems for pools are more trouble than they're worth.
    16x28 Roman, 55000 litres, salt water, Zodiac Duoclear 130 (mineral cartridge removed!!!), inground, vinyl liner
    Hayward Tri-star VS900 (1.85 HP) pump, Hayward C3030 cartridge filter
    Nine Techno Solis 4x10 solar panels, Jandy LX 250 natural gas heater
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    Re: Mineral cartridge removed..update.

    Nice post, rcy, and should be required reading for everyone building a new pool.
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Re: Mineral cartridge removed..update.

    Just an update, because I'm trying to reach 20 000 posts...

    Still no staining, and the $100 I saved by NOT buying a mineral cartridge was put towards a Margaritaville blender...wooot!!!
    16x28 Roman, 55000 litres, salt water, Zodiac Duoclear 130 (mineral cartridge removed!!!), inground, vinyl liner
    Hayward Tri-star VS900 (1.85 HP) pump, Hayward C3030 cartridge filter
    Nine Techno Solis 4x10 solar panels, Jandy LX 250 natural gas heater
    Jandy Aqualink PDA with Sub Panel Power Centre

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    Re: Mineral cartridge removed..update.

    Quote Originally Posted by rcy
    Just and update, because I'm trying to reach 20 000 posts...
    I need to get my count up too. lol
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
    24' round AG pool, 52" high, Raypak heater; Waterway 2 spd Pump;
    150 Sq ft. Clearwater Cartridge Filter; Former and DISSATISFIED "Pool Frog" owner
    http://www.PerfectlyClearPoolService.com

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    Re: Mineral cartridge removed..update.

    Good on ya for getting rid of the mineral cartridge. I too ditched a Nature 2 some years back. Join myself and frustratedpoolmom when we speak the truth about Pool Frogs, Nature 2 systems, and the like here in the future. They come up all the time.

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