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    New to Site - Cloudy Water

    We recently purchased a home that has a very nice 30,000 gallon L-Shaped pool. I had it opened on May 6th. By using strips I have yet to get a FC reading above zero. The water is very cloudy - can barely see main drain cover in 10 foot end. I have ordered the TF 100 test kit after reading on this site but it has not arrived yet. The best test results I can post now are (from strips):

    ph - 7.2
    FC - 0
    TA - 80
    Stabalizer - 20

    I''m frustrated because I have had the pool company here several times. Phosphates were off the chart so he added a chemical that created a powder substance on the bottom of the pool - It was vacuumed out the next day. That dropped the phospahate level significantly but the water is cloudy. I have added several lbs of chlorine powder alonmg with the chlorine feeder, yet I still get a FC reading of zero.

    Any suggestions for now would be nice as I await the TF-100. Also, after the test arrives, how will I know how much of each chemical to puit into pool?
    30,000 gallon, IG, Vinyl, Sand Filter, Hayward Super Pump - 3450 RPM, 1.5 HP
    South Central Kentucky

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    Re: New to Site - Cloudy Water

    Welcome to TFP!

    I would avoid phosphate remover, it is not required, makes the water cloudy, and is generally a pain and a waste of money. My phosphate level has been in the several thousands for years and I have never had a problem.

    You need to shock the pool. See the instructions in Pool School.
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    Re: New to Site - Cloudy Water

    I have read that secttion and I still do not understand how to determine how much bleach to put into pool - since my TF-100 hasn't arrived yet. Also, is it accepteble to now shift to bleach after using the powder chlorine? It stinks because I have $300 worth of Zap It on hand.
    30,000 gallon, IG, Vinyl, Sand Filter, Hayward Super Pump - 3450 RPM, 1.5 HP
    South Central Kentucky

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    Re: New to Site - Cloudy Water

    Welcome to the forum

    Ordering the TF100 is the best thing you could have done and you will soon be in charge of your pool.

    I suggest you try to maintain an FC of 10, which would be shock level for the CYA of 20.

    If you can find a source with better prices for liquid chlorine (about 12%), you should try that as you would be hauling half as many jugs.

    Let the PoolCalculator.Com figure the doses for you.

    Example: 30 K gallon pool, raising FC from zero to 10 = adding 4 gallons 3 quarts or 6.5 (96 oz) jugs of 6% bleach or,

    2 gallons 1 quart 3 cups or 2.4 (128 oz) jugs of 12% liquid chlorine

    No problem switching to bleach/liquid chlorine.
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    Re: New to Site - Cloudy Water

    Thank you for your help. I will post test results once the test kit arrives. For now, I'm off to purchase bleach!
    30,000 gallon, IG, Vinyl, Sand Filter, Hayward Super Pump - 3450 RPM, 1.5 HP
    South Central Kentucky

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