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    Whatrymes's Avatar
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    May 2011
    E. Bridgewater, MA

    Always shock visible algae?

    Sometimes I find visible algae hiding around my ladder. Do I need to shock when I find this? Everything else is pristine.

    FC = 6.0
    CC = ~.2
    pH = 7.6
    TA = 120
    CH = 250
    CYA = 50
    ONCT = < 1.0
    . . . and sparklin' clear.

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    South Carolina

    Re: Always shock visible algae?

    Yes, shock.
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    Denton, TX

    Re: Always shock visible algae?

    You should also be sure that while you are shocking, you need to brush those nooks and crannies that allow algae to hide out with good frequency. Brushing better exposes the algae to the chlorine in the water.

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    San Rafael, CA USA

    Re: Always shock visible algae?

    If your ladder is removable, then remove it and hit the inside hard with bleach to kill off any algae inside. That should prevent the algae from coming back.
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