I've been using Baquacil since buying my pool in '07, and up to last summer, had no "major" issues until I started getting the reddish algae all over. I've also been using Endure for about 3 summers, but even with it too was not able to stop the algae. emptied my wallet quickly trying to get it clear, but as soon as I thought I was in good shape, here came the red stuff back again!! I've had my pool uncovered all winter; just lowered the water below the skimmer and put the pump/filter assembly in my shed. BTW, I have a 24' round by 52" above ground, vinyl liner of course, using a Pro-clean Waterway 200 sq ft cart filter and 2 speed 1.5 HP pump.
The water has stayed pretty clear, other than the red algae and dirt/debris on the bottom. No leaves, as I have no trees near the pool. One of my concerns about the conversion is that I just bought another new cart filter at $100 because my old one had a tear in it. So, am I still going to be able to use the filter after the conversion? Or will I have to purchase yet another? I just ordered my TF-100 test kit with two of the XL options, borate test strips, and the magnetic stirrer. Should have it around Tuesday or Wednesday, hopefully. I went ahead and poured two 121 oz bottle of bleach in the pool, and it immediately turned to a emerald green color. How often should I have to rinse the filter, and is just rinsing it going to be enough? I have a standby sand filter I can plumb in, but I didn't want to lower the pool water level with backwashing too much. We are on water restrictions, so I can't constantly refill the pool. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.