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    keeping water feature clean

    Question: I live in arizona, have an 18k gallon pool. When I first moved into this house about a month ago the pools water feature (basic rock waterfall) was gross with algae and black fungus all over it. It is all clean and clear now, but wondering how often do I have to run the water feature to keep it clean? Right now I have it running every night for 6 hours when the vac is running. Could I run it every other night instead? Every night but for just two hours? Twice a week? Any recommendations?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: keeping water feature clean

    Welcome to the forum. The frequency with which you operate it is not the primary factor. Adequate chlorine and balance of your water is.
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    Re: keeping water feature clean

    When the water feature is off if is dry in 10 mins with the exception of a few places where the water puddles. If it doesn't run for a week then those puddles are filled with everything from bird **** to leaves to algae beginning to grow and take off. Has nothing to do with the levels of my water as I'm not talking about the pool itself but how ofter to run my water feature so it doesn't look awful like it would if it goes a week without running.

    I just think that running it for hours upon hours each night is overkill and asking if anyone knows of a good balance, good schedule to run that one part.


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    Re: keeping water feature clean

    Can you post pictures of the feature, especially where water is staying? It seems to me that it would be best to eliminate that issue, then you wouldn't have to run it at all, unless you wanted to.

    We had a thread similar to yours recently, i'll find it and link it here.

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