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    Re: Algae problem after using solar cover, need help

    Hi and welcome. If you want to take control of your pool:

    1. Read Pool School
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    4. Read Pool School again.

    Getting rid of algae means shocking the pool. Shock is a process that takes time. You don't shock by changing the setting on your SWG. Spend a little time reading articles on the forum.

    You can start with http://www.troublefreepool.com/turni...sis-t4147.html
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    After you read pool school and figure out HOW to shock---------you won't even use the SWCG during the process.
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    Re: Algae problem after using solar cover, need help

    ^^^ Yep, what chief & woody said ^^^
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    Re: Algae problem after using solar cover, need help

    Without knowing what your FC and CC are its hard to know what is going on in your pool. That's where a good test kit comes in. If your CC isn't .5 or less, then you know that you need to shock. There is really no such thing as a little algae. If you have any algae and you don't have the chlorine levels up to shock level, it is growing and multiplying faster than you can kill it. Things spiral out of control very quickly.
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    Re: Algae problem after using solar cover, need help

    Yeah in your case, hopefully it will go fast. The beauty of the shocking process is that it basically the same for all algae issues, how it differs is how long it takes (there are a few exceptions like Mustard Algae).

    Here is the link to the shocking process, it is more concise than the link you posted: http://www.troublefreepool.com/pool-...king_your_pool
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    Re: Algae problem after using solar cover, need help

    can I do a sort of half way shock, say bring the fc to 12, would that still be effective,
    I wouldn't do that, good chance you will get a half-way result.

    Additionally it is safe to swim in pools that contain FC just slightly less than shock level so there's no real restriction.
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    Re: Algae problem after using solar cover, need help

    You can use the pool up to and including shock level.
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