Hi. I am currently flummoxed with my pool. I had issues with brown stains, attempted many different brands of "metal out", i.e., EZ Chlor Metal Magnet, EZ Chlor Stain Stop, etc. Finally, I found this site and tried the citric acid method of removing the stains. SUCCESS! However, it seems that success is not so easy..... It took a while (overnite) to see the stains were gone, however, in the same time span, the pool went totally cloudy (can't even see the bottom in the 3' end). I continued filtering (36 sq ft DE filter), two times a day changed the DE, had my little robot in there vacuuming away (all day for a week now), have
gone thru many 25# bags of DE, still cloudy. Currently I have not added tons of chlorine, as I noted that if you raise the chlorine too fast it will drop the iron stains back on the liner. I have added sequesterant to pull the metal out of the water, but it is only getting cloudier. The other odd thing is the alkalinity is off the charts 240 or higher (using strips so don't believe I have a specfic number). The PH has stayed at 6.8 or so, and I tried PH Minus to lower the alkaline level all week, the alkalilnity is still at 240 or higher. I just put in another
sequesterant, thinking that the last brand I put in may have not been strong enough. However, it seems very odd to me that I am so high on the alkalinity when I put acid in the pool! Every pool store I've been in can't figure this out! Neither can I! I am going to take a sample in to have it tested to see if I can figure out what the problem is: I'm beginning to wonder if it's something stupid like DE in the pool, possibly my filter has a hole in it or something after adding the citric acid. Any thoughts on this MESS? Thank you in advance for even reading this! YIKES!