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    Is Shiny water a sign of algae?

    ever notice sometimes the water looks really shiny? My wife swears that every time she notices the "shine", that the pool is about to start an algae bloom. The water is balanced, I have algaecide in it. It's really clean. I think she's nuts, but maybe there is something to it? Anyone have any input?
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    Re: Is Shiny water a sign of algae?

    To the contrary, that's the sign of a clean pool. On a side note, what are you doing using algaecide in a properly balanced pool, perhaps insurance?
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    Re: Is Shiny water a sign of algae?

    yes. The bottle said add it weekly, so I do. preventative maintenance.

    I think the shine may have to do with the time of day and the reflections.

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    Re: Is Shiny water a sign of algae?

    Shiny as in oily or shiny as in sparkly?

    Well, you could post a full set of test results and we could see if there is a method to her er, madness
    Also, your #'s could appear balanced when you are on the verge of a bloom, but your water looks 'off' or 'flat' or perhaps even 'shiny' (I don't know), depending on what you have put in your water!

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    Re: Is Shiny water a sign of algae?

    Save your money. Skip the algaecide and just keep it properly chlorinated. As long as you do that, it'll always be beautiful.

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    Re: Is Shiny water a sign of algae?

    How do you test the water?
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    Re: Is Shiny water a sign of algae?

    fas titration test kit through taylor. I use a combo of bleach and tabs. I've ruined a lot of shirts with bleach splash back, so tabs are just more convenient for my life. I tend to keep a bit higher chlorine and a bit lower ph than normal. It seems to work the best for me. I have a lot of kid action - as in like 8 to 10 kids in my pool, including dogs.

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    Re: Is Shiny water a sign of algae?

    As long as you never allow the FC to go lower than 7.5 % of the cyanuric acid, then you should never get algae.

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