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    cloudy water

    I want to start off by apologizing if I've wrote something that doesn't make sense. Chemistry was never a strong subject for me! We opened our pool on Monday. We were able to vacuum the algae but I can't tell if I got it all because the water is so cloudy. Here are my levels:

    FC-3-6 range
    CC-5-10 range

    The filter has been taken apart and cleaned multiple times because the pressure kept raising too high while we were vacuuming and we couldn't get it lowered without cleaning the fingers. Now the pump is running at 10, which is our normal range.

    The chlorine levels are staying stable and have passed the overnight test. I'm wondering if I haven't raised the chlorine level enough to shock the pool? Maybe that's why it's cloudy?
    18000 gallon above ground pool, Hawyard 1.0 horsepower pump, Hawyard DE filter, Bioguard Chemicals, Taylor Test Kit K-1005

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    SWSuburban Chicago, IL

    Re: cloudy water

    You need to order and FAS-DPD chlorine test to supplement your test kit. It can read chlorine levels up to 50 ppm and it's not a "compare colors" kind of test - its a drop count test and extremely accurate. You can't tell if you have passed the overnight test without it.

    Are you using the proper amount of DE? How many cups? Sounds like the kind of filter you "bump" before you have to clean - do you know how to work that filter properly?
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
    24' round AG pool, 52" high, Raypak heater; Waterway 2 spd Pump;
    150 Sq ft. Clearwater Cartridge Filter; Former and DISSATISFIED "Pool Frog" owner

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    Sebring, Florida

    Re: cloudy water

    Welcome to the forum. You cannot vacuum algae out of a pool....ever. You must kill algae with chlorine and you do that by shocking the pool correctly.

    read "How to Shock Your Pool" up in Pool School. FPM is correct, you will need and FAS/DPD test to complete this process.
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