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    Opening my pool to a green "swamp"

    Split off of this topic. JasonLion

    First time pool owner here, keeping an eye on this thread as I am also to the same stage in the cleaning process, blue murky water. Just received my TF100XL pool test kit yesterday, will be testing water tonight after work.

    Had my water tested at the pool store prior to any treatment, but the slip they gave me, handwritten, only has some of the initial readings on it, most say OK. Had purchased a smaller 4 way kit, but it doesn't have the FC, CH or CYA testing. My pH was OK-LOW, but my testing put it around 7.2, TA is 110, Chlorine over 3 (only goes to 3).

    So far, I have found the entire website truly informative and very helpful. Opening my pool to a green "swamp", and getting this far in my first pool season, while trying to do the majority of the work myself, makes me feel confident I will be able to correct any condition that may arise, even though most of my friends have asked why I just didn't have a pool company do it for me. My answer to them, "I wouldn't learn anything about pool care."
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    Re: Opening my pool to a green "swamp"

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    Re: Opening my pool to a green "swamp"

    Sorry Jason, wasn't trying to hijack the other thread. Seemed like the other OP was at the same point in clearing up the pool as I am.

    I will post water test levels as soon as I get them.
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    Re: Opening my pool to a green "swamp"

    Problem: Cloudy blue pool water

    FC: 7.5
    TC: 8
    pH: 7.2
    TA: 110
    CH: 320
    CYA:30

    Here are the new readings using the new test kit. I'm thinking my CH is too high, based on reading the levels required for a vinyl lined pool. Clarifier dropped out all the dead algae, have swept that to waste and refilled the pool water level to normal. I run the filter 24/7, and backwash when needed.

    Am I heading in the right direction?
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    Re: Opening my pool to a green "swamp"

    The CH is a little high but not bad. It can be managed at that level. The question is how did it get to that level? Do you have high CH in the fill water or did you use cal-hypo products for a chlorine source at one point?

    According to the pool calculator your shock level is 13, so you want to try and keep the FC at 13 as much as possible. Raise the FC up to 13 tonight and check the FC again in the morning, preferably before the sun hits the pool. Post how much FC you lost overnight, and keep the FC as close to shock level as you can until the shock process is complete (lose less than 1 ppm overnight, crystal clear water, & .5 CC or less).
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    Re: Opening my pool to a green "swamp"

    Took a sample to the pool store over Memorial Day Weekend, got the handwritten test results mentioned above, which were:
    Problem: Green

    FC:
    TC: no
    pH: low - OK
    TA: 40
    CH: 90
    CYAk

    They had me add 15# Alkalinity+ (broadcast 4# at a time every 3 hrs), 42# of Calcium (deicer type), 9 Gal of Pool Shock to start. I kept the pool in shock as best as possible, adding more each day til the algae was dead. Ran out of liquid chlorine at one point and had to get a case of HtH Super Shock from Wal-Mart, as the pool store is closed by the time I get home. Also, I vacuumed out a bunch of leaves and debris from the deep end.

    Once the water turned blue last weekend, noted the cloudiness and shocked it again as best I could using the 4 way test kit, picked up a 7 way test strip kit and tested the water. FC was at 15. Have been vacuuming the settlements to waste, running filter 24/7, haven't added any chlorine for 3 days at this point.
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    Re: Opening my pool to a green "swamp"

    I see the HtH Super Shock is a cal-hypo.
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    Re: Opening my pool to a green "swamp"

    Yes it is, plus you added 42 lbs of calcium in addition to the HTH stuff. The good news is your source water appears to be very low in CH, so the CH level will fall as you refill from vacuuming to waste and splash-out.

    I have to tell you that test strips are not very reliable, especially for the shock process. You may want to consider purchasing a TF 100. It will enable you to test higher levels of chlorine and you will have the test results you need when you need them to help keep the pool balanced.
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    Re: Opening my pool to a green "swamp"

    I already did that, received it yesterday. Will add 2 gal of liquid shock tonight, will try and test it in the AM before heading to work, but I can't promise anything on that.
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    Re: Opening my pool to a green "swamp"

    Here is what it looked like at opening

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    Re: Opening my pool to a green "swamp"

    After first round of chlorine

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    Re: Opening my pool to a green "swamp"

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    Re: Opening my pool to a green "swamp"

    Couple of days after the pool store recommendations





    You can see the bottom of the shallow end
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    Re: Opening my pool to a green "swamp"

    The deep end drop off

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    Re: Opening my pool to a green "swamp"

    This morning

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    Re: Opening my pool to a green "swamp"

    The deep end main drain

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    Re: Opening my pool to a green "swamp"

    Two days ago



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    Re: Opening my pool to a green "swamp"

    Tonight : Deep end 8Ft





    Shallow end - 3 Ft



    Woo hoo
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