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    Cleanup after a wildlife 'casualty' (opossum)

    Question for those with experience...

    On Sunday, I covered our pool with the solar cover. Today, I removed the cover to find one very dead (and ripe) opossum. Judging from my nightly chemistry readings, the spike in CCs, and the fact that the thing was smelly and bloated but not yet disintegrating, I'm pretty sure that he crawled in and died sometime Tuesday. He had also deficated upon expiration.

    Current chemistry:
    pH: 7.8
    FC: 4.0
    CC: 1.5
    TA: 100
    CH: 190
    CYA: 50
    Borate: 30
    Salt: 450

    So far, I've:
    1) Removed the cover and scooped the casualty out.
    2) Vac'ed the fecal matter to waste
    3) Added enough acid to drop my pH back to ~7.5

    What is the recommended FC shock level as a final cleanup? For how long? Until the CC's disappear? Any other recommended steps?

    Thanks!
    23'x37' free form 20,500 gal IG pool (vinyl); Raypak RHP-115 heatpump; Hayward Super-II 1.5 HP Pump, estimated 45gpm flow rate; Dual AquaGenie Skimmers; Hayward ProGrid 36 sq ft DE Filter; Polaris 280 w/booster; Former Baquacil user; Fluent in: Fox Trot, Tango, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Samba, Bolero, Hustle, Salsa and Mambo.

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    Re: Cleanup after a wildlife 'casualty' (opossum)

    The normal shock process- your regular shock level will do- refer to the chart
    until the FC holds overnight and the CC is .5 or less.
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
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    Re: Cleanup after a wildlife 'casualty' (opossum)

    Thanks!
    23'x37' free form 20,500 gal IG pool (vinyl); Raypak RHP-115 heatpump; Hayward Super-II 1.5 HP Pump, estimated 45gpm flow rate; Dual AquaGenie Skimmers; Hayward ProGrid 36 sq ft DE Filter; Polaris 280 w/booster; Former Baquacil user; Fluent in: Fox Trot, Tango, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Samba, Bolero, Hustle, Salsa and Mambo.

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