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    My water is cloudy, and need some advice please

    my pool water is cloudy. I'm trying to figure out why? I brought my FC level up to 8 or 9 (i will test when i get home) the day before when the water was clear and now it is cloudy. I think my CYA level is about 30ppm and my ph is around 7.5. Any thoughts on why it is so cloudy?
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    I live in southwest Missouri

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    Re: My water is cloudy, and need some advice please

    Did you use calcium hypochlorite to raise your FC? I used to use that to shock my pool and it would turn cloudy.
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    Re: My water is cloudy, and need some advice please

    It would help a great deal if you could post a complete set of water test results.
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    Re: My water is cloudy, and need some advice please

    Not sure what my alkalinity is but my levels are:

    FC 2.5ppm
    PH 7.5
    CYA 30ppm

    Yes I do use calcium hypo. I just added 2ppm of chlorine so it should raise it to 4.5ppm
    -J E F F-
    Intex 14' round 48" deep above ground pool
    HTH 6 way test kit
    Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter 1600g/hr
    I live in southwest Missouri

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    Re: My water is cloudy, and need some advice please

    It would be really interesting to know your TA and CH levels. That would tell us if it is calcium clouding or not.
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    Re: My water is cloudy, and need some advice please

    If it is calcium then will the level deplete over time?
    -J E F F-
    Intex 14' round 48" deep above ground pool
    HTH 6 way test kit
    Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter 1600g/hr
    I live in southwest Missouri

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    Re: My water is cloudy, and need some advice please

    No. Once calcium is added to the pool, the only feasible way to get it out is with a partial drain and refill. The cloudiness will probably subside if you keep your pH in check, but the calcium will remain in the water. Adding a bag of shock will not raise the CH that much, but if you continue to use cal hypo as a primary source of chlorine, then your CH will continue to rise.
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    Re: My water is cloudy, and need some advice please

    Have you checked your CC levels?? Often cloudy water is a sign of algae.

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    Re: My water is cloudy, and need some advice please

    I have a 16' x 48" pool - My water got a little cloudy with a really slight bit of algae and I did the unconventional thing to do.. took a mop around the pool and mopped where the algae was forming (it was a little slick there, so I loosened it up with the mop) poured about 2 cups of bleach and ran the pump for 12 hours, SWG for 4. My water is crystal clear. yay!!!! I'm ok for now I guess.

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