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    Green pool - Just getting started with BBB

    My pool is starting to turn green and I am ready to begin BBB for the first time.

    My test kit is in the mail (TF100) and I will post results as soon as I can. It should arrive Tuesday based on the tracking info.

    In the meantime, I have read the pool school articles and all about the SLAM procedure. Should I go ahead and stock up on bleach or wait until I have the test results?

    The water is light green right now as seen in the photo.

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    Any advice for a newbie about to get started with BBB?

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    Re: Green pool - Just getting started with BBB

    Lots of bleach and POP. (Pool owner patience). Welcome to tfp!


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    Re: Green pool - Just getting started with BBB

    Go back and read pool school some more. When I first started, it was pass number 4 or 5 where all the information started to click. Also, look at the threads in "Defeating Algae." You will be walking a similar path, so if you know what others' experiences are,you will be reassured about your progress.

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    Re: Green pool - Just getting started with BBB

    When your test arrives post up a full set of test results and we'll get you started on clearing this up.
    In the meantime just keep reading on the SLAM process like you have been and all the other articles. 😎
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    Grab a few beers with that POP.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: Green pool - Just getting started with BBB

    Look at this thread and that should help you build your confidence. Try to keep the FC level as appropriate and it will clear up in no time.

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    Re: Green pool - Just getting started with BBB

    Thanks to all for the replies. I will keep reading on the SLAM process and work on developing my POP. I'll post test results as soon as I have them and will start picking up bleach as I am out and about.


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    1.0 HP Hayward Super pump / Polaris PB4-60 booster pump
    Pentair SD-80 sand filter
    Intermatic mechanical timer (PF12222TB)
    Location: Augusta, GA, TF100 test kit

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    Re: Green pool - Just getting started with BBB

    I am getting a little antsy waiting for my test kit to arrive. As I watch the pool, the algae continues to get worse. Is there anything else I can be doing besides reading the pool school/SLAM articles on the site?

    BTW, I picked up 6 121 oz bottles of bleach today. How much more should I have on hand to get started with the SLAM?




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    Location: Augusta, GA, TF100 test kit

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    It's hard to say how much you will need, but it's going to be more than 6. Remember the POP ! 😎
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    Re: Green pool - Just getting started with BBB

    How big is your pool? The big determining factor will be your cya level.


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    Re: Green pool - Just getting started with BBB

    30,000 gallons pool. I will continue to pick up more bleach as I am out.


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    Location: Augusta, GA, TF100 test kit

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    Yes keep picking some up as your out and about. I'd start with 12 jugs on hand. 😎
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    If your cya is 40 you are looking at 7 jugs to start. If it is 80 ... 14 jugs. Use pool math and plug theoretical numbers for practice. Look at target cl and what happens as you adjust cya.


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    Re: Green pool - Just getting started with BBB

    If your CYA level is high you going to have to replace some water any how to make this SLAM easier and to prevent this from happening again. 😎
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    Re: Green pool - Just getting started with BBB

    When I check the CYA level, should I just use the pool water or will it need to be diluted with tap water? Also, I thought I read somewhere that I should run the pump for 30 mins before doing the test. Is this correct? My pool is getting greener by the day - can't wait for that test kit to arrive on Tuesday!


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    Re: Green pool - Just getting started with BBB

    Dilution is going to depend on your cya. If the first test yields a result out of range (90 or more) do a 1:1 dilution with tap water, test again and double your result number.

    Can't speak to running the pump or not. I always do my testing at the same time of day from the same location with the pump on low.


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    If you can run pump on recirculate run it for 30 mins to mix the water up some. Then take your sample. If you can't run it on recirculate just take a sample. No need to run all that algae thru your filter. It will see enough later. 😎
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    Re: Green pool - Just getting started with BBB

    Welcome to the forum Techman!

    A pool that size is going to take a lot of FC to clear Algae, but it doesn't look too bad yet. Also, I'm not sure how deep it is, but a 20X40 and 8.5+ deep may be a little larger than 30K gallons. Is there any chance you can replace some water if you test and find the Cya is that high? More Cya means you will have to use more FC to do the same job, and where you will feel the pain it is during a SLAM. All in all, based on the looks of your pool this one ought to be relatively easy.
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    Re: Green pool - Just getting started with BBB

    We were told the pool is 30K gallons by the previous owner so have assumed that was the case.

    I had a couple other questions regarding the initial test(s) and the SLAM process. My water temp has been in the 50's lately. I guess I will need to get it to room temp before testing. Is that for all the tests or just CYA?

    Also - my test should arrive tomorrow. I've got a pretty busy week coming up and won't be able to devote much time to the SLAM aside from a brief period in the AM before work and the time before dark once I get home in late afternoon. Would it make more sense to start the SLAM this weekend when I can devote more time to it? An added advantage is that I will be off work all next week and could spend way more time on the process. Will the algae get much worse if I wait a few days before attacking it?

    Thanks for any insight.


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    1.0 HP Hayward Super pump / Polaris PB4-60 booster pump
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    Re: Green pool - Just getting started with BBB

    Room temp is for CYA only.

    What kind of air temperatures are you looking at for the next week? If your pool is going to stay in the 50s, I'd say leave it and hit it hard next week.
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