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    Smell of fish coming from my pool....

    I have a question and don't know how to post yet- I have this smell of fish coming from my pool and don't know what it is. Can anyone help with a suggestion on how to check?
    Jason (Building Science Guy)
    17' x 38' x 5.5 ' = 26,200 gallon outdoor in-ground plaster, Eco-Matic (Mod# ESC 36) SWG salt water pool, RayPak Heater (Mod# P-R405BL-EN), Pentair DE FNS Filter (Mod# FNSP 24), A.O. Smith E Plus 3/4 H.P. 1.67 S.F. Pump. Garden Grove, Orange County, CA

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    Re: Smell of fish coming from my pool....

    Hi and welcome to to the forum

    I moved your post over here and gave you your own thread.

    Post a full set of test results and we can help. Also tell us how you got the test results. We need:

    FC
    CC
    pH
    TA
    CH
    CYA
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    You're done SLAMing when:
    1)You lose 1ppm or less FC overnight, & 2)You have .5ppm CC's or less, & 3)your water is clear.

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    Re: Smell of fish coming from my pool....

    Have you looked in the skimmers? Maybe something dead there? Have you been adding chemicals to the pool like algaecides or clarifiers or other potions from the pool store?
    23,000 gallon in ground pool with rock waterfall and spillover spa, Aqualink control system, Polaris 380 cleaner, Purex Triton Clean&Clear Plus cartridge filter. Located in The Woodlands, Texas.

    Pool owner since Nov 2008, Trouble Free since April 2009. Happy to help when I can.

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    Re: Smell of fish coming from my pool....

    Here are my test results-

    FC <.4
    CC N/A
    pH 7.8
    TA 140
    CH N/A
    CYA N/A

    I checked all of the filters and skimmers and also cleaned and changed the DE. still smells like fish every so often like when a breeze blows by or our hair smells like fish when we get out of the pool. Any suggestions?
    Jason (Building Science Guy)
    17' x 38' x 5.5 ' = 26,200 gallon outdoor in-ground plaster, Eco-Matic (Mod# ESC 36) SWG salt water pool, RayPak Heater (Mod# P-R405BL-EN), Pentair DE FNS Filter (Mod# FNSP 24), A.O. Smith E Plus 3/4 H.P. 1.67 S.F. Pump. Garden Grove, Orange County, CA

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    Re: Smell of fish coming from my pool....

    Your chlorine is too low. Mine smells like a lake when I don't have enough chlorine in it.
    IG Plaster 20,000gal, attached spa w/ spillover, hayward C12002 cart filter, 1 1/2hp pump w/ polaris 360
    6/16/12 - PH 7.6, FC 6, CC 0, CYA 30, TA 80, Calcium 310

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    Re: Smell of fish coming from my pool....

    Forgot to add this-

    I have been adding chemicals to the pool like algaecides and clarifiers from the pool store called Superior Pool Products, in Orange County, CA.

    SeaKlear phosphate Remover- 4 oz. a week. www.SeaKlear.com

    Easy Care PoolTec- 8 oz. a week. www.McGrayel.com

    Easy Care AlgaTec- 8 oz. a week. www.McGrayel.com

    So, even though my chlorine level is too low (<.4) my salt level from a test strip (AquaCheck) reads 7.4 = 5880 ppm
    Jason (Building Science Guy)
    17' x 38' x 5.5 ' = 26,200 gallon outdoor in-ground plaster, Eco-Matic (Mod# ESC 36) SWG salt water pool, RayPak Heater (Mod# P-R405BL-EN), Pentair DE FNS Filter (Mod# FNSP 24), A.O. Smith E Plus 3/4 H.P. 1.67 S.F. Pump. Garden Grove, Orange County, CA

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    Re: Smell of fish coming from my pool....

    Welcome to TFP!
    Smelly water means your most likely not sanitized correctly.
    Go to pool school link (at the top of the page) and learn about why and how to fix your pool water.
    My suggestion is if you got a 26,000 gallon in ground, you have no excuse to get the TF-100 testing kit, heck mines only 4300 gals and have my test kit.
    This kit is the best tool in my toolbox, it can fix any water condition I have.
    But, because I have this kit, I have a Trouble Free Pool! Never smells, always perfectly clear, never need to shock and is always screaming for us to come in and go swimming!

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    Re: Smell of fish coming from my pool....

    So, even though my chlorine level is too low (<.4) my salt level from a test strip (AquaCheck) reads 7.4 = 5880 ppm
    Those two are unrelated. Regardless of your salt level, Your chlorine is too low and it is very likely the reason your pool smells.

    I would suggest you shock the pool. There is an article in Pool School that describes in detail how to shock your pool. Follow that article and I bet your pool will smell no longer.

    Next, you need to figure out why your chlorine was so low. Is your SWG working correctly as far as you know?
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    Re: Smell of fish coming from my pool....

    No chlorine, no stabilizer, you could keep fish in that pool. Hope you are using ear drops after swimming.
    You probably need to get stabilizer level up to 30, then shock properly. When you pass all tests to conclude shocking, bring stabilizer up to 70 - 80.
    23,000 gallon in ground pool with rock waterfall and spillover spa, Aqualink control system, Polaris 380 cleaner, Purex Triton Clean&Clear Plus cartridge filter. Located in The Woodlands, Texas.

    Pool owner since Nov 2008, Trouble Free since April 2009. Happy to help when I can.

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    Re: Smell of fish coming from my pool....

    Thanks for the input. I'll try the suggestions and will let you know the results when I am finished.
    Jason (Building Science Guy)
    17' x 38' x 5.5 ' = 26,200 gallon outdoor in-ground plaster, Eco-Matic (Mod# ESC 36) SWG salt water pool, RayPak Heater (Mod# P-R405BL-EN), Pentair DE FNS Filter (Mod# FNSP 24), A.O. Smith E Plus 3/4 H.P. 1.67 S.F. Pump. Garden Grove, Orange County, CA

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