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    testing for copper, copper for algae control

    Hello!

    I finally got my Taylor K-1730 copper test kit and tested for copper this morning.

    You're supposed to mix the chemicals, stand up the square tube on the little color comparitor card, look down the tube and compare the color to the color chart.

    Egad, my eyes are so crossed I found that disappointly difficult. I tried looking in different lights and I THINK my copper is 0.3-0.5 ppm, a little high (I already unplugged the ionizer).

    Question - why do you have to look DOWN the tube? Can you just compare color from the side like we do for everything else?

    Also - does copper really work for algae control? Should I plug in the ionizer every now and then?

    If this level is too high, what is the best "metal out" product out there?

    Thanks to any advice!
    Intex 13' X 39" AGP, ~2800 gal filled, with Intex CS8110 SWG and Cu ion (now unplugged), Intex 635T pump/timer 1500 gph in a shady MD backyard.

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    Re: testing for copper, copper for algae control

    I have not used the taylor copper test, but I think you need to look down through it to get the right color.

    Quote Originally Posted by juniper55
    Also - does copper really work for algae control? Should I plug in the ionizer every now and then?
    Copper stains pool surfaces and can turn blond hair green. Maintaining proper chlorine levels is a much better way to control algae. I would never plug it in again.

    Quote Originally Posted by juniper55
    If this level is too high, what is the best "metal out" product out there?
    See this link for recommended sequestrants: http://www.troublefreepool.com/pool-...metal%20stains

    However, if you are not having troubles, you might not have to do anything now...as long as you don't add anymore copper
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    Re: testing for copper, copper for algae control

    I haven't used that particular test either but as Linen eluded to, it's probably a saturation issue if you looked through the side.

    Copper is an algaecide, BUT you don't need it as long as you keep the FC where it should be anyway. It's just an extra expense that you don't need.
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    Re: testing for copper, copper for algae control

    Since I got better testing methods (the Taylor kits) I've been in much better control of things! Water is not greenish anymroe and filters aren't either.

    Ha ha, maybe I can sell the copper and get some cash!! Or heat it, beat it and make a great new decorative bowl.

    Thanks! I am grateful
    Intex 13' X 39" AGP, ~2800 gal filled, with Intex CS8110 SWG and Cu ion (now unplugged), Intex 635T pump/timer 1500 gph in a shady MD backyard.

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    Re: testing for copper, copper for algae control

    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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    Re: testing for copper, copper for algae control

    We have the Taylor test kit k-1738 and we have the result of 3.0 ppm. What is high and what is low. We had a pool guy recommend and install a CLR ionizer (probably from his pool trash bin for suckers) and oddly enough there are no paperwork with it. Does any one know the address of CLR? Thanks... Nancy, an endless pool ownero

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    Re: testing for copper, copper for algae control

    Quote Originally Posted by nmiller1945
    We have the Taylor test kit k-1738 and we have the result of 3.0 ppm. What is high and what is low. We had a pool guy recommend and install a CLR ionizer (probably from his pool trash bin for suckers) and oddly enough there are no paperwork with it. Does any one know the address of CLR? Thanks... Nancy, an endless pool ownero
    That is high. Most copper ionizer systems run at about 0.3-1.0 ppm (depends if used with silver or not). I do not have a link for you, but I would get rid of the ionizer (assuming we are talking about a pool), since you still need chlorine with it, and the copper can cause staining.
    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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