Got my 1st pool this summer. Loved it in the heat! 24' above ground, round, Nature2 mineral system, cartridge filter.
Everything was going well until we were gone for a long weekend over Labor day weekend. Chlorine tabs ran out, and there was a little algae near some leaves (may have been poor circulation area). Liquid chlorine shocked the pool (>10 from the dip sticks) Vacuumed the area, and everything seemed good for about a week. Then it the pool bottom turned green. I vacuumed/brushed everything again (a much bigger area affected this time). The next day, the pool was all green. I added half a quart of polyquat 60 (spelling), and have watched it turn greener over the last week.
All this being said, algae has driven me to this site. I ordered a TF-100 kit today. I previously had a dip stick for FC, and a dropper for TC. I will post numbers once I get them, and follow the directions for a green swamp.
Concerning directions for a swamp:
- - when I brush, is that just brushing, or brush and vacuum, or brush with the vacuum?
- looking at my schedule, how many consecutive days should I expect to make sure I can brush at least once a day?
- I don't have a heater (Chicago), so water is getting cold. Can I do an adequate job from outside< or do I have to bear it from within for a better brush job?
- do I need to know what type of algae it is (green or mustard), or just assume mustard shock levels?
I am encouraged by the stories of success from this page. I will be one of them shortly!