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Thread: Copper ion / Pristine Blue?

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    Copper ion / Pristine Blue?

    I have had my pool for about 10 years - 18 by 38 vinyl liner diving depth. I developed a severe allergic skin reaction to the chlorine based chemicals and would get large blisters all over the exposed skin. I quit using the chlorine tablets and built my own copper ion system supplemented with Pristine Blue and shocked weekly with the largest bottles I can get of "Clorox". I understand copper doesn't kill anything other than algae and that is what I fight here in Southern Louisiana as my pool easily gets into the mid 90s in late summer. I had always struggled to keep algae controlled with straight chlorine and have far better luck with copper. I now think the allergic reaction was probably from the additives in the tablets rather than the chlorine itself but not totally sure.

    Anyhow, is what I am doing with the liquid chlorine sufficient to kill the bad stuff? Is there a better source of liquid copper? I know there is no love for Pristine Blue here but it does work in my usage for algae control for the last 3 years with the additional occasional use of my copper ionizer - no staining or green hair.
    Thanks. Pete

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    elwood58's Avatar
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    Sun City West Arizona (2nd Home)

    Re: Copper ion / Pristine Blue?

    If you are shocking with Clorox, and not getting blisters, your reaction is likely to something else in the other forms of Chlorine you were using. Sounds like you are the perfect candidate for the BBB Method taught here.
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    Warner Robins, GA

    Re: Copper ion / Pristine Blue?


    Please read Pool school at the top right. You will find that we advocate using Bleach. Bleach is chlorine. You will learn you can use it to keep us your FC to the proper levels and not need to shock the pool weekly.
    In the end you will spend more time enjoying your pool!
    16 x 32 Grecian Vinyl. Salt-Aqua Plus PS-4, Hayward Pro Series Sand Filter, Hayward Ecostar SP34000vsp, Gulfstream HE-125-T-A Heat/Cool heat Pump

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    Sebring, Florida

    Re: Copper ion / Pristine Blue?

    I am happy it is working for you but this forum NEVER suggests using copper in a pool.....too many negatives.
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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