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    Please help me! Saltwater system looks weird!

    My husband and I bought an intex ultra frame 14 pool (3861 gallons) and at first we were treating it with baquacil but after some research we decided to upgrade to a sand filter and saltwater filter to help better maintain it. Let me apologize if this has already been discussed...there are many posts here and I am a bit overwhelmed. I have 3 young kids so it is hard for me to get out there and mess with the pool chemicals without knowing exactly what I need to do and trying to read through all of the posts in hopes of finding the right one to help me in tough. The pool sat unused for days because of rainstorms we had before I was able to start using the SW system. After adding close to 3 40 lb bags of salt I let the sand filter filter the pool for 24 hrs and then ran the salt water. All was good though I noticed a slight green tint the next day. I cleaned the pool today and looked at the SW system and seen what looks like icky stuff inside the system...I think it is the same stuff which was floating in the pool. What is it? I'm afraid it is going back into the pool and that is not good. My husband usually deals with all the pool stuff but he is away for awhile due to work so it's up to me and I am at a loss as to what I am to be doing.

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    Melissa
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    Re: Please help me! Saltwater system looks weird!

    Welcome to TFP.

    Unfortunately the baquacil is probably your problem. Did you drain or do a full conversion from the baquacil? If you haven't, you're going to have to.
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    Re: Please help me! Saltwater system looks weird!

    No I did not drain and as far as full conversion...the pool sat unused without any treatment for several days..I tested it and seen there was no oxidizer in the pool and then added the salt, filtered it then went to run SW...I had an issue with my outlet and the pool had to sit overnight without the SW running or the sand filter. I thought the whole set up was messed up but it was my outlet. Anyway once I figured that out the next morning I started the SW and the sand filter...then today I see this. I hate to sound like an idiot but when it comes to all this pool stuff I am!

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    Re: Please help me! Saltwater system looks weird!

    With that size pool you may be better off doing a complete drain, scrub and refill.
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    Re: Please help me! Saltwater system looks weird!

    It's 3861 gallons... 14 by 48 I think- don't quote me on that but I do know that the gallon size is correct. I'm thinking draining may be the easiest. Question- is there an easy way to drain the pool into a ditch? I hate flooding my backyard especially with the bacteria ick in the pool. Also- how do I get the stuff out of the inside of the SW system? Thank you so much for the help!

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    Re: Please help me! Saltwater system looks weird!

    You can probably flush it out with a water hose.

    Siphoning is probably the easiest way to drain it.
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    Re: Please help me! Saltwater system looks weird!

    One more question- how should I clean the vaccuum- net- and anything else that was in contact with the pool water today? Thanks

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    Re: Please help me! Saltwater system looks weird!

    Just rinse it off really well.
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