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Thread: Dirt, Dead Algea, or Sand?

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    Dirt, Dead Algea, or Sand?

    Hello Everyone,

    This is my 2nd season using the (TAYLOR 2006) testing kit and the (BBB) method. I have had nothing but success ever since thanks to everyone here. The reason why I am here today is within the last few weeks we have had countless rain storms in our area and I discovered what appears to be dirt in the bottom of my pool. Hopefully, someone can identify what it is exactly with the pictures provided?

    I have been on a weekly schedule with brushing and vacuuuuming since owning my pool until last week when I discovered the dirt. Since then, I have been brushing and vacuuuuming the pool daily with even using a sock wrapped around the skimmer basket to catch the fine particles the filter misses. After every session, I drain and carefully clean my cartridge filter before reinstalling and starting over the following day when the nightmare reappears. I am loosing my mind and a lot of water here!!!

    FC=5
    PH=7.6
    TA=80
    CH=200
    CYA=30

    These are my current water readings and my numbers usually stay around the same every evening when tested. Any suggestions are appreciated
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    Re: Dirt, Dead Algea, or Sand?

    Spotless after vacuuming!
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    Re: Dirt, Dead Algea, or Sand?

    Can you get hold of some of it? Algae feels slimy and dirt/sand feel gritty.

    What is the CC test result?

    I suggest you go ahead and raise the pool to shock level tonight and do the OCLT to determine if it is organic.

    If it is indeed organic, you will have a head start on the shock process. Otherwise, no harm done.
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    Re: Dirt, Dead Algea, or Sand?

    Butterfly,

    Tonight's readings,

    FC=6
    CC=0
    PH=7.6
    TA=80
    CH=200
    CYA=30

    I decided not bring the pool up to shock level tonight until I preform the OCLT. I don't want to waste any bleach if I don't have to. I will update you first thing tomorrow morning with the new test readings and I guess we will go from there. I will also dive in and try to swipe a sample in my hand to feel the texture.

    Thanks!
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    Re: Dirt, Dead Algea, or Sand?

    Early morning reading,

    FC=5.5
    CC=0
    PH=7.6
    TA=80
    CH=200
    CYA=30

    Once the sun comes up and I can see the bottom of the pool I will jump in to give you a description of the texture.
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