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    Is this really normal?

    Since opening our pool a month ago with the BBB method, I add bleach, brush, vacuum and enjoy! I wish I'd known about this method over the past 11 yrs of owning a pool. I test chlorine and ph levels daily...the rest, I test weekly (and adjust as needed), the most I've had to add/adjust is the chlorine and it varies from 3-4 cups every other day. I do, however, have a question...since I'm keeping my levels where they need to be, do I need (is it recommended) to add algaecide weekly?

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    Re: Is this really normal?

    It's normal for me and I've never put algaecide in my pool.

    My pool survives on muriatic acid, 12.5% sodium hypochlorite, and 3" trichlor pucks when I leave town. That's it.
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    Re: Is this really normal?

    So do you only add it if algae shows up? I was wondering about this too.
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    Re: Is this really normal?

    Algaecide is only useful if you close the pool for the winter or you're on vacation and want some insurance. Otherwise it's not needed. It's just more profit for the pool store.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: Is this really normal?

    If you keep the FC in the recommended range all the time, algae will never show up. I've never had algae and have never shocked my pool or added algaecide for it. It's completely unneeded if you keep your FC where it needs to be.
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    Re: Is this really normal?

    I think we added algaecide when we closed our pool last fall. But, once I started using the BBB method, I did not add algaecide. We opened our pool to serious swamp conditions 2 1/2 weeks ago and I did not add any algaecide, just a whole lot of cal-hypo and bleach and some stabilizer, which was the bottleneck in my shocking process. It took about 2 weeks, but we finally we good to go over the weekend.

    On an ongoing basis, all I add is bleach or cal-hypo if I need the CH, baking soda on occasion and tri-chlor on vacation.
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