Being a Palawan I put my AG pool under a palm tree and next to a juniper. The season here is late spring and the palm trees are dropping their berries, pollen, and misc junk, while the juniper wanted to join in by shedding some if it's green buds, into my pool. We had a recent algae bloom that we probably could have beat, had I found this site sooner but instead I was forced to visit the pool store. I was told to drain the pool (not a difficult task with such a small pool), and that i needed to still buy Phos Free (lanthanum based phos remover) and add it weekly as directed and this would help manage the organic matter-food for algae.
I read on this site that phosphates are not a big deal. Is this still true for me? Or given my high potential for organic buildup, do I have to actually follow this and if so is this phos free stuff the right product?
We strain the pool daily and get all but only the fine organic material collects at the bottom. Our bottom cleaner is one of the hose based ones with a marginal strainer bag that does ok but does not get it all. I am not ready to get a sand filter and since the only circulation comes from a skimmer hole tied to a recirc pump that has a discharge only about 30degrees around the curve (circular pool). I do not get enough total pool circulation to warrant adding a more effective filter system. I do intend to modify the discharge to be directly across from the skiimmer and thus improve the surface circulation but it still will not address my settled organics.
Are there finer mesh bags for my vac system or do I just have to get a new, better one?