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    Deep End Cloudy

    HI All,

    Opened 10 days ago, VIG with mesh cover that had torn over winter, some debris and pretty green with algae

    Followed the BBB meathod and it cleaned up pretty fast. I was able to lower the initial CYA from 80 to 60 not sure how much it was my dumping water (vacuum to waste and backwashed filter a number of times) vs now testing with much less cloudy water though.

    Shallow end looks clear but not sparkling. Deep end you can see the pebble grain at the bottom but it is definately still cloudy. Is it possible that the filter just needs more time to cycle the water ? It was running 10 days straight 24x7 or do you think the chemicals need adjustment ?

    I used A&H washing soda to raise the PH and TA today. FC dropped from 5 to 3 in a 24hr period but it was 95 yeaterday

    TA=80
    PH=7.4
    FC=5
    TC=5
    CC=0
    CYA=60

    Thanks for the advice
    VIG 16 x 32 22000gal
    Hayward 1hp Super Pump
    Hayward Vari-Flow XL
    Hayward S220T Pro Series Sand Filter
    2 skimmers - 2 Returns no bottom drain

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    Re: Deep End Cloudy

    A sand filter can take a while to get that perfect sparkle. Adding a little DE to the filter often helps speed up the process. With CYA at 60, I recommend you never let FC below 5 and aim to be a little above that most of the time.
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    Re: Deep End Cloudy

    Hi Jason,

    Thanks for the DE tip. Oddly enough we used to have a DE filter then 3 or 4 years ago, had to get a new filter and went with the sand so I still had a big bag of DE in the garage, so this is a quick and free trial with the DE

    In any case I added 1/2 cup mixed with water slowly into the skimmer and will monitor the pressure

    I agree I need to keep the FC above 5 for best results, today was the 1st day that it dipped that low since I opened it
    VIG 16 x 32 22000gal
    Hayward 1hp Super Pump
    Hayward Vari-Flow XL
    Hayward S220T Pro Series Sand Filter
    2 skimmers - 2 Returns no bottom drain

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    Re: Deep End Cloudy

    Gg,

    You certainly understand BBB and are on the right track. I think your pool would've cleared on it's own but the DE will likely help.

    If you don't see definitive results in 24 hours, I would up the FC to around 10-12 and try to hold that level for another day.

    One of those two procedures will get your water where it needs to be, I'm pretty sure.
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    Re: Deep End Cloudy

    Wow the DE worked

    In just 24 hrs the pool is crackling clear, I have a before pic but today is overcast and will shoot to take one tomorrow if it is sunny

    Yesterday I added 1/2 cup DE mixed with water to my skimmer. Pressure went from 11psi to 17psi in about 4 hrs. I vacuumed the pool this morning and pressure went to 24psi so I backwashed the filter. I added DE but this time cut back to 1/3 cup. Pressure went from 11psi to 12psi after 4 hrs.

    Wondering how to tell if the filter needs more sand
    VIG 16 x 32 22000gal
    Hayward 1hp Super Pump
    Hayward Vari-Flow XL
    Hayward S220T Pro Series Sand Filter
    2 skimmers - 2 Returns no bottom drain

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    Re: Deep End Cloudy

    It is extremely unlikely that the filter would need more sand, unless it has been spraying sand into the pool recently.
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