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Thread: Question about Enhancers, Clarifiers & Floculents

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    Question about Enhancers, Clarifiers & Floculents

    I just started the BBB method on my pool and am in the final stages of algae removal (the pool is now a very light but cloudy green, which is to be expected). I am totally prepared to be patient and let my DE filter do the heavy lifting as far as reducing my cloudiness. But what I want to know is if adding an enhancer (like Leslie's Ultra Clear--sometimes called a clarifier or floculent), will somehow mess up the BBB method and/or help de-cloud the pool water faster (by catching the particles the filter is missing).

    All of my levels are within range (except for mt FC which is understandably high) and I have been brushing once a day and backwashing once every 2-3 days. The pool is cement/plaster. Also, I plan to add borax once the cloudiness disappears (unless adding it sooner will help).


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    Jul 2010
    Twin Cities, MN

    Re: Question about Enhancers, Clarifiers & Floculents

    Clarifiers typically are not needed, but you can use if you want. However, don't use any until you pass at least the OCLT and have CC <0.5.
    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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    Mesa Arizona

    Re: Question about Enhancers, Clarifiers & Floculents

    I'm far from an expert but I had the same issues a long while back. I followed these guys advice and got my pool cleared up but I still had just a little cloudiness. Very faint but at night with the light on, I could see it.
    I only have a sand filter so it won't filter as well as your DE filter can so I added the Leslies Ultra Clear (I only bought it because it was on sale) and while I can say it worked, I would think your DE filter will do just as well as the clarifier given a few more days.
    I had more success adding a little DE to my sand filter. I had to backwash more often but it got my pool sparkling clean and it's still there. When it gets just a bit cloudy, I add a cup or so of DE to my sand filter and a few hours later, the pool is refreshingly clean.
    Mesa Arizona. Old school 26,000 gallon in ground plaster pool with sand filter built in 1984.

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