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    New and 1st time pool owner - Guidance needed

    A month ago my above ground pool (buried 2') was installed and filled. I needed time for my backyard soil to settle so I can pour concrete and that is happening this week, so next week I can focus on my pool. Right now, since so much time has passed, my water is full of algae (very Green). I also have my TF-100 test kit on the way to my house.

    My first step is to install the pool pump and remove all leaves/branches floating on top.

    After that I am confused on what to do, should I introduce CYA in the green water then start the SLAMing process with liquid bleach? Or should I start with liquid bleach to try to remove some of the algae first?

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    Re: New and 1st time pool owner - Guidance needed

    I wouldn't add anything other than bleach to it before you know what's in it already. Test results are going to be what's needed to guide you. I'm sure someone with much more experience will chime in here, but if it were mine, I'd start adding bleach and brushing multiple times a day until the test kit arrives and you have some data to work with for proper balancing.

    24 ft Round Above Ground - 13500 gallons... Former Pool Frog user. Sand filter . Located just South of Atlanta

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    Re: New and 1st time pool owner - Guidance needed

    I agree with the post above. If you feel a need to do something while you wait for your good kit, fill out some pool information in your sig (look at others for examples.) Filter type, gallons, chlorination method are all things that will help us once you post up some test results.

    We'll all help you get your pool back to crystal clear.
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    Re: New and 1st time pool owner - Guidance needed

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh View Post
    I agree with the post above. If you feel a need to do something while you wait for your good kit, fill out some pool information in your sig (look at others for examples.) Filter type, gallons, chlorination method are all things that will help us once you post up some test results.

    We'll all help you get your pool back to crystal clear.
    Ok will do

    I am not sure what to put for chlorination method. I am going to use liquid bleach as I don't want to add any CYA once I get it to the level I want.

    Before taking samples of the water, should I use bleach to kill off the algae THEN take sample? Or it doesn't matter when my samples are taken? I am only asking because the algae is pretty much everywhere
    12' x 18' Oval Above Ground Pool (buried 2')
    Manufacturer states ~5,000 gallons
    Pentair CC75 Cartridge Filter System 1-HP Opti-Flo Pump
    Bleach Chlorination Method
    Aquabot Junior Vacuum

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    Re: New and 1st time pool owner - Guidance needed

    The algae will have no affect on your testing. Just follow the instructions on the printed card and ask questions if you hit a snag.

    Just use "bleach" as your chlorination method.
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    Re: New and 1st time pool owner - Guidance needed

    And if you get a chance, post pics of your new pool so we can all see your new toy!
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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