Cheryl's posts merged for continuity. Lets keep all the cleanup posts in this topic.
I hope no one else is as frustrated and disheartened as I am right now. My 30 ft. AG got in pretty bad shape late last fall (murky green and neglected), and the folks at the pool store recommended closing the pool and dealing with it when I reopened. I'm thinking that was a huge mistake. The guys opened my pool a couple weeks ago, and it started clearing, but before we were able to get in, the water turned into a swamp.
I took a sample last week, and I was instructed to use a product called swamp treat and four bags of shock. It was supposed to clear up overnight. Needless to say, it did not. I went back with a new sample two days ago, and I was instructed to add 12 pounds of sodium bicarbonate while running my pump on recirculate for one hour, then add a product called EZ Clor, recirculate one hour, then turn the pump off. Everything was supposed to settle to the bottom so I could
vacuum it out. The water is still green.
I learned about your site yesterday, and I read almost continuously all day. Now I feel like I know just enough to be dangerous. Took another sample in this morning:
Saturated index. -0.5
The lady at the pool store GAVE me a bottle of sodium carbonate and told me to add 2.5 lbs with pump on recirculate. She also GAVE me 2lbs of turbo shock to add behind the sodium carbonate. In one hour i am supposed to add another bottle of EZ Clor Dropout with pump on recirculate for one hour then turn pump off again and let it settle for 24 hours. I looked for ingredients on the bottle of Dropout stuff, but none are listed. From what I read on this site, I think it is probably something y'all refer to as flocking.
I would be ready to close this pool forever if I did not see some light at the end of the tunnel because I think I can maintain using your BBB process if I can ever clear this swampy hurdle I have now.
Sand filter 1 year old
?? On pump and filtration (will look for info today)