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Thread: Do algae like sawdust?

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    Do algae like sawdust?

    Weird question, I know....

    I was having a shed built over my equipment pad and a lot of the sawdust from the work being done ended up in the pool (it was a windy day). I figured the pump would be off for just one day, but that turned into two and I never added any chlorine.

    When I finally got everything up and running again and was vacuuming the pool, I noticed that all of the sawdust had settled to the bottom of the pool and had a definite green tinge to it. Could sawdust be a tasty treat for algae, or is it more likely that my infant bloom just settled into the sawdust and was more noticeable because of the green on lighter coloured sawdust?

    Anyway, it's all up and running again, shocked, vacuumed, brushed and looking good.

    Having all the equipment out of sight and protected from the elements is nice too.
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    Re: Do algae like sawdust?

    Well, sawdust is organic and will cause your FC to be consumed. This could lead to algae in theory I suppose. Since you shocked, you probably took care of things though.

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    Re: Do algae like sawdust?

    Make sure it is not sawdust from pressure treated lumber, could contain a copper based pesticide which would likely look green (or other nasty chemicals)!
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    Re: Do algae like sawdust?

    Good point. It was nice normal untreated pine, though.
    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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