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    Should I use Metal free?

    I have iron deposits on bottom of pool. That create a red cloud if agitated. The pool store said metal free will take care of it. I am afraid to trust the pool store. Here are the numbers they gave me. Oh and I added 4 pounds of conditioner yesterday because I tested cya and it was 0.
    TC 9.7
    FC 9.7
    pH 8.3
    TA 165
    Iron .3

    What should I do?
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    Re: Should I use Metal free?

    The first thing you should do is get the pH down to the low 7's.

    Metal Free isn't one of the suggested one's but a lot of people use it.
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    Re: Should I use Metal free?

    Can I Lower ph and also add metal free at the same time?
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    Re: Should I use Metal free?

    One right behind the other is fine. I wouldn't literally pour them in at the same time.
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    Re: Should I use Metal free?

    ProTeam's Metal Magic and Jack's Magic the Pink Stuff (regular), the Blue Stuff (fresh plaster), and the Purple Stuff (SWG) are some of the top sequestrants. You can also find many other brands with similar active ingredients, some of which are noticeably less expensive. Sequestrants based on HEDP, phosphonic acid, or phosphonic acid derivatives are the most effective. Metal Free is not in this group and is noticeably less effective. It does work, just not nearly as well.
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    Re: Should I use Metal free?

    Is it possible to vacuum-to-waste the area with the iron deposits? You could agitae the area with the vacuum, and hopefully it would suck up the "red cloud".
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    Re: Should I use Metal free?

    I poured the metal free into the pool and agitated the clouds. My pool looks terrible. When it settles back down I will try to vacuum. I don't think I can vacuum to waste. I usually take out the plug in the filter casing and let the water run into e yard when I vacuum nasty stuff. Should I be doing something else?
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    Re: Should I use Metal free?

    That sounds like a fairly good approach.
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    Re: Should I use Metal free?

    Thank you. Pool would look great if it wasn't for the iron.
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