We have been pool owners for 2 years now and we've been pretty successful at keeping our pool clean and clear with regular testing, brushing, chlorinating (liquid chlorine), and PH balancing with muriatic acid.
We will occasionally go to Leslie's to get a more comprehensive water test done to make sure we are on the right track and they ALWAYS tell us that we have phosphates in our water and that we need to buy "Pool Perfect." I always decline because I don't know what is IN that liquid. I don't put anything in my pool that can't be explained as to what it is and it's purpose. Plus, they charge an arm and a leg for the stuff and I won't pay their prices. Also, I have overheard them selling chemicals to people and not educating people.
So, what is the general consensus when it comes to algaecide? Does algaecide "eat" the stuff that algae feeds off of? That's how Leslie's describes "Pool Perfect." I'm just not convinced I need to be dumping more stuff into my pool.
We did purchase some skimmer basket nets/socks that are catching a lot of the fine debris so that should help too, right?
We recently installed a new variable speed pump and it seems like our water is cleaner and clearer than ever, but the summer heat will be the true test. I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this too.