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    Baq conversion

    I started the conversion using bleach sunday morning...I have used quite a bit of bleach and still not holding..was 15 when I went to bed last night this morning was 7..it is a lime green now(was brown on sunday then orange) I bought the good test kit can't imagine doing this without it....it is 13000 gallon above ground...am I on the right track.....
    sbelgrave @ Westminster, MD
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    Bleach, bleach, bleach. You are on the right track. Everyone is astounded at how much bleach these conversions frequently take. Stay the course and keep your bleach at shock levels until your water is crystal clear. Bleach, bleach, bleach.....continuously bringing it back to shock levels until you have no loss overnight.

    I know it's very tough to stay on track but this WILL be worth it.....promise.
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    Thanks....I cant wait to be rid of the baq...it worked well for two years..last year fought it the whole year finally ending with pink slime....have been taking pictures will try to send when water is clear...the green color does seem to be getting lighter this evening....
    sbelgrave @ Westminster, MD
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    Volume : 10,000 Gallons
    Material :Vinyl
    Water Type : Non-Saltwater

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    DAY 7 Still cloudy

    I will be on my conversion for 7 days tommorrow...72 gallons of bleach and still cloudy ????? Is there no end in sight ????

    It is considerably clearer than a couple of days ago...should I add stabilizer or try something else or stay the course and keep throwing in bleach ...

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    sbelgrave @ Westminster, MD
    Size : 16 x 32 x 4
    Volume : 10,000 Gallons
    Material :Vinyl
    Water Type : Non-Saltwater

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    Bleach!! You will get there, the end (or bottom!) is in sight!

    You are finished when you can meet these three criteria:

    1. hold FC overnight (<0.5ppm loss)
    2. have <0.5 cc's
    3. your water is sparkling!

    Then you need to change out your filter media, and start balancing your water, with CYA, etc.

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    "Shock" is a process, not a product!

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    In the middle phase of the conversion you should add bleach to bring FC up to 15 a couple of times each evening and just continue doing that till FC holds overnight. The chlorine will be more effective if you add it in the evening, since it will have more time before the sunlight starts consuming it.
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    It's working I can see the pool floor for the first time since I started the conversion.....and I held chlorine residual overnight...I am up to 90 gallons of bleach.
    sbelgrave @ Westminster, MD
    Size : 16 x 32 x 4
    Volume : 10,000 Gallons
    Material :Vinyl
    Water Type : Non-Saltwater

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    Quote Originally Posted by DUNC
    It's working I can see the pool floor for the first time since I started the conversion.....and I held chlorine residual overnight...I am up to 90 gallons of bleach.

    Almost there, and then
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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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    I now have a baqua free beautiful sparkling pool...I have never seen it this clear...I am going to bring it back to 15 tonight for the last time, and change my sand tomorrow and start balancing my pool. It took 96 gallons of bleach for a 13000 gallon above gound, it took 10 days.
    sbelgrave @ Westminster, MD
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    Volume : 10,000 Gallons
    Material :Vinyl
    Water Type : Non-Saltwater

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    Very Nice work!! Congrats!
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    18x32 grecian IG vinyl; ~23000 gallons; 250# sand filter, Hayward superpump with AO Smith motor 1HP SF1.0; booster pump for polaris. Handy Links: Jason's Calculator, TF-100 Test Kit, Pool School, CYA-Chlorine Chart
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    Great work, DUNC!

    Can we see some pix now?
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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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