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    Hello, my name is Michelle. I live in Houston, TX & am new to this forum. I own an above ground pool which is approx. 4700 gallons. I've had it about a year and LOVE my pool, but it has been a roller coaster of confusion in regards to the pool chemistry and keeping algae from starting to grow in the bottom. We DO have several trees in our backyard. I try to dip it out with a skimmer net once a day at least. I have been shocking it once a week (because that's what the people at the pool store tell me to do..) I even drained and refilled it at the start of this summer. I've had the pool about 1 year. During the winter, I had the pool covered (at this point, it still was filled with the water from last season.) I still checked the chemicals while it was covered to ensure there was plenty of chlorine in it. In Spring of this year, we uncovered the pool and noticed that a little algae had started to grow in it. Keep in mind that the pool cover does have some holes built into it for ventilation (I am guessing), so some water could get into the pool during winter when it rained. I visited my local Warehouse Pool Supply and even Leslie's Pools, was told to buy this and that, which included Algaecide, "Pool First Aid" which is supposed to remove dead algae, pollen, etc., water clarifier, Leslie's "Fresh -N- Clear" pool powder (oxidizing shock,) Leslie's ChlorBrite, which is a chlorinating shock, etc. - all of these were certainly not cheap.. When trying to use these things as suggested to rid the pool of the algae, nothing worked. It started to look like a swamp. We would vacuum it, brush the liner, & use the chemicals. All this really did was stir up the fine, powder like particles of algae & cloud up the water. The filter would intake the water, not pick up the fine algae particles, and spit them out on the other side back into the pool. It was a never ending cycle. This was the point that we decided to drain the pool and refill with fresh water. We drained pool completely, made sure the vinyl liner was totally clean, and refilled with fresh water. We shocked the pool initially to get proper chlorine levels into water, and then used a chlorine floater with chlorine tabs. The pool looked great, up until we started to get quite a few rain showers about 2 1/2 weeks ago. I shocked the pool after the rain showers, because I was told by the pool stores that rain creates a breeding ground for algae. Despite this, I started noticing a couple weeks ago that the pool began to look cloudy and the "fine particle dust", which resembles pollen, started to appear on the bottom of pool and the ladder. I know this is algae again. We vacuum the pool, it gets stirred up and makes the water look cloudy, and it settles back down to the bottom again. Does anyone have any suggestions? I tried putting Algaecide in it again and all of the above listed chemicals, but it doesn't seem to help. I think maybe it's just too many different chemicals, and they might be working against one another. I have a friend who tells me to just use chlorine or even bleach to maintain the pool and nothing else. He says he has always kept his spa sparkling clear by doing this. Any suggestions? Thanks!
    INTEX (AG) Model: (A) 9'x18'x52" 4500 gal.
    Cartridge filter. Pool installed approx. 1 year ago.

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    Re: New to Forum

    Welcome to the forum

    A good start would be reading POOL SCHOOL upper right on screen. Get yourself a good test kit, I like the TF100 but you can compare kits in POOL SCHOOL.

    Then post any questions you have and the friendly folks here will help you. To assist them it would help to put your pool information in your signature.
    18' x 42" Intex (4786 Gal @ 80% capacity) Intex 8110 SWCG, 2000 GPH cartridge filter.
    Full Sun, Well Water, Borates at approx. 50
    TFTestKit-100--The Pool Calculator--Pool School

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    You came to the right place. Get you a good test kit from here first. Post your results and the folks here will have you fixed up in no time. You wont need to ask anymore questions at a pool store again.
    10,000gal fiberglass kidney
    3/4 hp whisperflo
    Sand dollar SD80
    IC40 SWCG
    (2) PAL2000 multi colored LED lights
    all 2" plumbing
    no water features/no spa
    TF Testkit

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    It sounds to like water might be inexpensive there. If so, you might consider doing a dump and fill to remove the pool store chemicals since some of them make it hard to get things fixed. Bleach, baking side and borax will take care of most your pool needs and they can be bought at any Walmart or grocery store. As you have experienced, pool stores exist to make money from sales of chemicals to you, the goal here is to have a trouble free pool and to only go to the pool store if absolutely required.

    I am sure you will need to get a testing kit and the TF100 is the one you need. Most pool stores won't have the required chlorine test in the kits they sell.
    -- Guy --
    10K gallons in 21' Round 52 inch wall Aqualeader AG, Hayward Power Flow LX 1.5 HP pump motor, Hayward Perflex EC50AC DE filter w/Cellulose, Wide mouth skimmer, 2013 new Diver Dan (craigslist) to replace the faded old Hayward AquaBug. TF-100

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    Thanks so much for the quick, friendly responses ) I will get the test kit first.. I'm sure the one I have is not so great.. Got it at the pool store.. Will do my homework by looking at Pool School. Thanks so much again! ) - Michelle
    INTEX (AG) Model: (A) 9'x18'x52" 4500 gal.
    Cartridge filter. Pool installed approx. 1 year ago.

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