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    PH + now cloudy

    Hi Folks,

    Been learning from TFP for the last few weeks and my pool was all about fixed until I added 3lbs of PH+ this morning. Now water is very cloudy and has been since adding the PH. As soon as I added you could see it just clouding up. It was crystal clear right before I added. Probably too much at once, I guess that is another lessoned learned.

    Here are my current readings:

    FC - 6.0
    CC - 0
    PH - 7.4
    TA - 110
    CH - 150
    CYA - 50

    I guess the question is should I just leave it alone and see if it clears up overnight? Filter has been running for about 8hrs since I added the PH+ and still cloudy.

    Thanks for the assistance.
    20,000 Gallon Vinyl, Jacuzzi Sand filter, 1.5hp Heyward pump
    Heyward pool cleaner, Taylor K-2006

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    Re: PH + now cloudy

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    I would leave the pump on and see what happens overnight ... should clear up if it is not an algae problem.
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    Re: PH + now cloudy


    Probably too much too fast. What exactly was the pH+ you added? Sodium Carbonate/Soda Ash? And is that pH reading before or after you dumped the stuff in? I sure hope it was after, because that's perfect.
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    Re: PH + now cloudy

    Yep that reading is after the dump. It was Sodium Carbonate that I added.
    20,000 Gallon Vinyl, Jacuzzi Sand filter, 1.5hp Heyward pump
    Heyward pool cleaner, Taylor K-2006

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    Re: PH + now cloudy

    Clarity improved very little over night. Water looks like fabric softener, I guess would be the best way to describe it.

    PH is now 7.6 and TA is 120. CC is .2 but I guess it could have been .2 yesterday as well since I used the 10Ml method yesterday and this morning I went and used the 25Ml method. But no chlorine loss last night.

    Since chemicals look fine, I guess I will continue to run filter and see if it improve. Unless, anyone has any suggestions I could try.
    20,000 Gallon Vinyl, Jacuzzi Sand filter, 1.5hp Heyward pump
    Heyward pool cleaner, Taylor K-2006

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    Re: PH + now cloudy

    Leave it alone and keep your FC up. The FC will burn it off in time.
    Dave S.
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    Re: PH + now cloudy

    I got the same reaction. Yikes!!!
    In my case, though, I'd apparently somehow misread the test results which were pretty perfect, and thought the pH was low. It really wasn't, but my adding Washing Soda pushed the pH up to 8. It took about 24 oz. of MA to bring it back to range for my pool. And yes, I felt like a fool.
    Good luck.
    Alan in Wellington, FL - near West Palm Beach
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