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    Pictures of my algae

    Can someone help me identify the algae that I vacuumed up today?

    Here are my numbers
    FC=2
    CC=1
    TC=1
    pH=7.5
    T/A = 320
    CYA=40

    This is my pool


    This is my water


    This what I need to identify from the vacuum


    Closeup


    Closeup with skimmer lid as a backdrop to better define what I am looking at here.


    Another shot on the skimmer lid


    I originally thought that this dirt that blew in from the planters that we have on the deck so I vacuumed the pool and found this in the skimmer. Now I think it is some kind of algae. It has a texture like play dough. The algae is not growing on the skimmer lid, I jut used the lid to provide a white background. It looks like it is on the sides of the pool on the liner where it meets the cove mold at the bottom. I can knock it off with my toe and collect it in the vacuum hose. After a lot of swimming activity it was just on the bottom. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.
    Trenton, IL (St. Louis Area)
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    Re: Pictures of my algae

    Does it smear? Any algae that I've seen will smear and the green color will really stand out on a white background. Could be feces of some sort. Any Raccoons around?
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    Re: Pictures of my algae

    It doesn't look like algae to me...yeggim's idea seems possible.
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    Re: Pictures of my algae

    Definitely looks like critter poo! Opposums, raccoons, and rats all LOVE to hang out by the pool here in Florida!!
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    Re: Pictures of my algae

    Agreed, looks like feces.
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    Re: Pictures of my algae

    ducks?

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    Re: Pictures of my algae

    I don't think it is feces but I might feel better if it was. No critters that we have noticed. I have knocked some of this off the sides of the pool at the bottom of the wall when brushing. It seems to like the shady (in the afternoon) side near the ladder. I might pull the ladder and check the skids on the bottom. I would bet that the pool chlorine doesn't get into the submerged parts of the ladder legs and steps as readily as the open water of the pool. It is easy to vacuum once you knock it loose though. Thanks.
    Trenton, IL (St. Louis Area)
    TF-100 test kit, 18,000 gallon, 18x33 oval Johnny Weismuller, AG, Jacuzzi Lazer sand filter, AquaTrol SWG, 1.5 HP Pentair pump that runs constantly.

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    Re: Pictures of my algae

    It looks like poo to me also did you try to smear one? if not smear one on a piece of white paper and post a pic
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    Re: Pictures of my algae

    I have something similar on my sliding glass door. I believe it's from frogs or bugs. I have a lot of frogs that like to hang out on my door (I think they're tree frogs). It could be their poop.

    2 years ago, I had them in my house. So that's why I also think it could be from bugs.
    Matt Giovanisci

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    Re: Pictures of my algae

    Looks like Mulberry bird poo
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