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    My first conversion

    Alright....gonna takle a conversion this weekend. Got the test kit in hand and I'll be posting pics and results as I go.

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    Re: My first conversion

    Love baqua conversion pics!
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    Re: My first conversion

    It sounds like you are totally prepared , but just in case you haven't already seen them, take a look at the Baqua conversion instructions in Pool School.
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    Re: My first conversion

    Okay first test:

    PH - 8.0
    TA - 330
    FC - 0 (expected value)

    Added muratic acid to lower PH to 7.5 and got the fish eye breaking the surface to aerate and hopefully lower the TA.

    Added 250 Oz of 6% Chlorox.

    Pics later...posting from my phone due to no Internet at home right now.
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    Re: My first conversion

    Thanks for the info JL...I've read almost everything on baqua conversions on the site....

    Although I'm sure I'll have more questions as I progress.

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    Re: My first conversion

    Third test:
    TC-12.5
    FC- 9 (zero last two times)
    CC- 3.5 (just trying out test kit)

    Added 100Oz bleach
    Will test pH and TA again next time.

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    Re: My first conversion

    Just make sure your ph is down 7.2-7.4 range, then stop worrying about ph and TA until you are at the end of the process. The ph test is not accurate above 10 ppm FC (it reads high), so make sure you are adjusting to a valid ph (again, taken when FC is below 10 ppm).
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    Re: My first conversion

    Thanks for the info linen

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    Re: My first conversion

    First test today...

    FC-2 (200Oz bleach added)
    pH-7.5 (no adjustment)

    Pool is clearer today.
    But the rain is making out a pain to test and add chemicals.
    If this keeps up I won't be smoking any meat for fathers day.
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    Re: My first conversion

    I have a question:

    When us it safe to use the pool during this process?

    I've got four kids and a wife that demand an answer from me....so far I've just said when its all done.....but is that accurate?

    I mean....pH is in range....FC its at shock level (15ppm)....is that safe to swim in or what?

    Sorry for the noob questions.

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    Re: My first conversion

    If the pool water is clear enough to see kids safely and you are not above shock level, go swimming!
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    Re: My first conversion

    So I'm in the middle of my conversion....still shocking...FC still drops overnight and CC been hanging about 2.5 for a day or two.

    Tonight I test after sundown:

    FC - 0
    CC - 0.5 (is this test accurate with FC at 0?)

    Add bleach to bring FC up to shock.
    30mins later:
    FC - 21.5 (My pool must be a little smaller than 7500 gallons as calculations for shock always bring me above the 15ppm.)

    Just really wondering about the CC test when the FC is zero...is it accurate?

    Thanks all.
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    Re: My first conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by doc.mosi
    Just really wondering about the CC test when the FC is zero...is it accurate?
    Yes, you can have a CC reading without an FC reading.
    TFP Expert 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: My first conversion

    Thanks linen.

    Still lost 10ppm FC last night....the process continues...gotta buy more bleach on the way home from work today.

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    Re: My first conversion

    If I am reading correctly, you lost about half of your FC level overnight. That means you are about half way done with the conversion. At this point it gets less efficient to add chlorine during the day. You can get the conversion done most quickly if you continue adding chlorine all the time, but you can save a significant amount of chlorine, and money, if you only add chlorine in the evenings.
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    Re: My first conversion

    That's what I started doing a bit ago...i was Still losing FC overnight.....but the pool is looking better than ever.

    I'm at about 15 of the 182Oz bottles of bleach so far.....


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    Re: My first conversion

    So I'm now ready to change up the sand in the filter. After that I'll be adding some hth CYA crystals.

    Plan to continue shocking until CC are down and I pass the OCLT.

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    Re: My first conversion

    Have you already passed the OCLT? According to the baqua conversion instructions you must do that before changing out the filter media.
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    Re: My first conversion

    I have not....guess I'll have to wait a little longer to change the sand....

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    Re: My first conversion

    I'm going back to read the Baqua conversion thread again.

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