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Thread: What is "Clarifier" and is it a good or a bad thing?

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    What is "Clarifier" and is it a good or a bad thing?

    Waiting for my TF100 to arrive, may or may not have algae...water is cloudy but not "horrible"...have been up to what I think is shock level.

    Is adding clarifier a good or bad idea? Useful product or does proper shock level & FC do all the clarifying?

    I can't seem to find a post on clarifier anywhere, sorry if this is a redundant topic.
    ~12,500 sqft above ground, 95 sq ft Sta-Rite Posi-Clear Cartridge filter, installed by previous owner in 2010?, Proud TF100 user!

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    Re: What is "Clarifier" and is it a good or a bad thing?

    Clarifier is a tool, but it is seldom needed. Unless you know that you have little CC and pass the OCLT, and you know you have no filter problems, using clarifier just masks other problems.
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    Re: What is "Clarifier" and is it a good or a bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hiesman84
    Waiting for my TF100 to arrive, may or may not have algae...water is cloudy but not "horrible"...have been up to what I think is shock level.

    Is adding clarifier a good or bad idea? Useful product or does proper shock level & FC do all the clarifying?

    I can't seem to find a post on clarifier anywhere, sorry if this is a redundant topic.

    clarifier causes very small particles to clump. This could be useful if you have a filter that isnt very high quality, but only after all the algae is dead. If your water is cloudy you are probably right about to have an algae bloom. If the algae is growing though, clarifier is probably pointless because whatever dead algae clumps just gets replaced by the next crop of algae.
    17,800 gallon, IG pool, 595 sq feet (17x35x4.5 avg rectangle), Hayward 525 cartridge filter, diamondbrite, 2 hp 2 speed hayward tristar filter, Stenner 45mhp10 automatically chlorinating

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