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    Ok to swim in algae?

    I've got a pool party planned for Saturday. I've been fighting algae this week. The pool is finally clearing up, it was cloudy with dead algae so I put in some clarifier today and it now looks much better, I can see the bottom of the pool! However I haven't passed the overnight test yet (dropped 3 ppm of chlorine).

    I'm brushing constantly and although the pool is clear now, when I brush the bottom of the pool it kicks up a bit of a green cloud. Is it okay to swim in if the FC and PH are right (my PH is at 7.4, CYA of 40, and FC around 16)

    Unfortunately I've ran out of R-0871 and can't find it locally, so I have to wait until next week when shipment comes in.

    So is it okay to swim in if my test are okay and it's clear?
    10k gallon IG Vinyl
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    Re: Ok to swim in algae?

    It is safe to swim if you can see the bottom and have between the minimum and shock level FC in the water.
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    Re: Ok to swim in algae?

    In addition to proper chlorine levels I'd run the pump 24/7
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    Re: Ok to swim in algae?

    If it settles to the floor overnight, turn off the pump and then vacuum it to waste and then refill. It will not make if perfect with it will be faster... this assumes your fill water is cheap and clean.
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    Re: Ok to swim in algae?

    Thanks for all the input guys.
    10k gallon IG Vinyl
    Hayward S200 Sand Filter
    First time pool owner (2013)
    Attempting BBB method
    Taylor Test Kit K-2006

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