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Thread: Battling Algea - OK to leave the solar blanket on?

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    Battling Algea - OK to leave the solar blanket on?

    I'm following the stuff from Pool school, the posts in this forum and the shocking process.....the pool was dark green Monday and I can (almost) make out the 2nd step today, so I'm making progress.

    Just a quick question, is it ok to leave the solar blanket on the pool while shocking?I know it will help keep the FC more stable as the sun can't get to it, but at the same time it's helping warm up the pool, which will make the green stuff grow faster.

    Thoughts?

    FWIW, I wasn't able to find the test kits mentioned in Canuckland....everything I found here only goes to a FC level of 5 grrrrrrrrr...will need to order it and have it shipped to the great white north....I read the test strips suck, but they're the only thing I've got for now, so for reference I attached pics from this am....tonight I'll try to dilute the pool water 50% and dip the strip again...it's been solid purple for 4 days now, having added 7 lbs of shock and 6 quarts of LC over the past 4 days (24' round, 4' high).

    Tony
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    Re: Battling Algea - OK to leave the solar blanket on?

    It's not recommended to leave the solar cover on while shocking. It exposes it to the high chlorine levels and also the pool needs the sun to help burn off the CC's that accumulate.
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    Re: Battling Algea - OK to leave the solar blanket on?

    CC's? Sorry...lost me there...tried to look that term up in Pool School but didn't find it...

    T.
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    Re: Battling Algea - OK to leave the solar blanket on?

    CC's are combined chlorine. It's part of the chlorine test recommended here.
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