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    new intex pool chem questions

    I have a 15x42 intex easy set roughly 4000 gallons (maybe3500) anyway its been filled for 2 days and i added some chlorine tabs in the floater yesterday and about 2 ounces of 50% algaecide today because it was starting to turn a slight green color.
    I dont want to add anything else until i know what im doing!
    its starting to get green and i dont know if i should use a pool shock (the powdered bag kind) or something else?
    any info on what i should be doing or what i should be picking up chem wise to add?

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    Re: new intex pool chem questions

    Do you have a test kit? If not you need a good one. We suggest the TF100 kit. Also read pool school. Tons of info there.



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    Re: new intex pool chem questions

    [center:2nq1lts0]Green is not good. That probably means algae. Do the walls feel slimey?

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    You need bleach and stabilizer. And a test kit. And a few hours' reading in pool school.

    Start by pouring about 2 cups of regular Chlorox in the pool. That should hold the green at bay until you get through the basic articles in pool school.[/center:2nq1lts0]
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    Re: new intex pool chem questions

    thanks a bunch! i just dumped in the clorox and when i get some free time ill go to pool school!

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    Re: new intex pool chem questions

    Quote Originally Posted by tberchtold
    thanks a bunch! i just dumped in the clorox and when i get some free time ill go to pool school!
    You'll be needing to add a couple cups every couple hours until you can test it accurately and perform the shock process properly.
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    Re: new intex pool chem questions

    well im slightly overwhelmed! having such a relatively small pool i didnt expect the learning curve to be so high! all this cya and fc talk is getting me bewildered! lol.
    all i have is the basic $5 test kit so i guess i better jump on ebay or something and order a decent one.

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    Re: new intex pool chem questions

    That $5 kit will work to make sure you keep FC at 3 or better until you get things dialed in.

    Best bang for the buck test kit-wise is the TF100 from http://tftestkits.com . Looks pricey, but it's cheaper than one sleepless night and a visit to urgent care because someone has an ear infection, or pinkeye, or a skin rash.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
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    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: new intex pool chem questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320
    That $5 kit will work to make sure you keep FC at 3 or better until you get things dialed in.

    Best bang for the buck test kit-wise is the TF100 from http://tftestkits.com . Looks pricey, but it's cheaper than one sleepless night and a visit to urgent care because someone has an ear infection, or pinkeye, or a skin rash.
    yeah i can see that! i have 5 kids so the urgent care bill could get on up there!

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    Re: new intex pool chem questions

    is this the test kit? search was vague
    http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Complete-F ... ords=tf100
    eh cancel that! found it here http://tftestkits.net/TF-100-Test-Kit-p4.html

    the .com threw me off track

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    Re: new intex pool chem questions

    That's it TF100. Best kit out there.

    Just my 0.02.


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    Re: new intex pool chem questions

    Honestly that kit is overkill - your pool being on the small side I would go for the TF-50. And with the pump and filter combo you have you could just be better off draining and starting over...

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    Re: new intex pool chem questions

    My water is now more green and slightly brown since adding the Clorox and a coworker said its probably reacting with the metals in the city water oxidizing them!
    Is this true?

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    Re: new intex pool chem questions

    Quote Originally Posted by tberchtold
    My water is now more green and slightly brown since adding the Clorox and a coworker said its probably reacting with the metals in the city water oxidizing them!
    Is this true?
    If it's a clear green, yes, it's possible. Orange/yellow iron against blue background tends to look green. Municipal water doesn't usually have much in the way of metals, though, although you'd know the specifics at your house. Do you have rust stains in the toilet?
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    Re: new intex pool chem questions

    No rust stains anywhere.
    And with the new water I don't think it'algae
    So the metals made sense
    The walls of the pool are not slimy

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    Re: new intex pool chem questions

    Quote Originally Posted by tberchtold
    No rust stains anywhere.
    And with the new water I don't think it'algae
    So the metals made sense
    The walls of the pool are not slimy
    Then hope it goes away by itself as happens to Duraleigh in that thread I linked to in my last reply here.

    Another reason to maintain the water rather than drain it. You don't want to be stressing over the green every time. Plus it takes a couple days for the water to warm up again, and with five kids whining to go swimming....
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: new intex pool chem questions

    yeah i guess it just needs a few days to clear, i had the water tested at a local pool store and they said everything was fine just a little high on ph (added acid) and the brown/green was from the metals in the city water.
    they said they had a chemical i could add that would "polish" the metal making the color go away but then i would have to add a second chem to get the metal out.
    or i could just keep changing the filter frequently and give it a few days.
    knowing what pool stores charge for these exotic chems i went with the latter!

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