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    Finally, clear water!!!

    Just have to say thank you to everyone for their help and support. We finally have the perfect combo for clear water! It was so clear the other day that I could see perfectly across the pool when I was underwater! We've never had that!

    We learned that it is dirt - not algae on the bottom of our pool (dirt level is directly related to how much the farmer is in the field on previous days)

    Modifying the basket inside the filter and running on low seem to be the best Combo for sparkly clear water. We put the light in the pool last night and there was some stuff floating by, but for a sand filter, what can you expect? It was really small stuff and you had to look down directly next to the light to see it.

    My levels
    Fc 8
    Cc 0
    Tc 8
    TA 125 (I know its still high)
    Ch 325
    Cya 45
    Ph 7.3
    Borates 30 (pool store says 80, no way as I only added 4 boxes of borax last year)
    Temp 91

    A few water boatmen. If we leave the cover off we get more, but if we take it off just before swimming we only get a few and they don't hang around too long.

    We do use metal out product for iron and I added a dry clarifier to the filter. Otherwise I'm a bleach and muratic acid adder.

    Edited to add photo - sorry if it is rotated, but you get the idea. Plus it's windy so the water is a little choppy.
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    Re: Finally, clear water!!!

    Congrats

    Wow your pool is warm at 91! Too hot for me, especially with the weather we are currently getting.
    TFP Moderator who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: Finally, clear water!!!

    Congratulations! How about a pic?
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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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    Indiana, ABG 24'x52" Galveston by Blue Cascade (Craigslist $600 w/part of deck included), 13,500 gallons, Intex SWG, solar panel

    My backyard is like a park... Why then does DH always want to go camping??? I just don't understand.

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    Re: Finally, clear water!!!

    You can cool it down and lower TA if you set up some sort of fountain.
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    Re: Finally, clear water!!!

    Cool it down? Are you crazy??!!! We run the heater to make it this warm! Costs me about ten dollars a day, but we don't go on vacation so it's money well spent. The kids love it and we can swim at night when it's 70 outside. We will drop the temp as it warms up outside.

    We're supposed to get rain on Sunday so that will raise my ph. I'll add the muratic acid on Monday.

    I'll go take a pic and post it.
    24' Round Diamond Star, 54" wall height, 200sq ft sta-rite cartridge filter
    Dynamo 1hp 2 speed pump, 199k Rheem milivolt heater
    Pool rover jr. - our best friend!
    Tf-100 plus borate strips and Taylor k1000.

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    Re: Finally, clear water!!!

    Cool it down? Are you crazy??!!! We run the heater to make it this warm!
    My DH will be right over
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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: Finally, clear water!!!

    Gotta love blue liquid glass.....................
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    Re: Finally, clear water!!!

    I get alot of atmospheric brown dirt in my pool when its real dry

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