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    Thanks TFP and opinions wanted

    I got my 12x24x48" AGP towards the end of last summer. Since I have a couple of aquariums the water balancing info that the pool store was giving just didn't ring true. I happened to find this site and happily had a nice sparkly pool for the remainder of last year.
    The nasty winter pretty much trashed my cover and I opened this year to a lovely deep brown/black crud filled pool. After getting as much as I could out And repairing some plumbing issues I discovered I had 0 CYA???!!! I whipped out my trusty sock and put in enough to get it up to 20. Ph was 7.0 and TA was low as well. Adjusted the TA up to hopefully 70 (first mistake) ph still around 7.0. Ok close enough. SLAM time.
    Day one my pool ate FC as fast as I could pour it in. (Now that I've seen all these other threads I realize I had an ammonia pool, lol and I have a test for the fish tanks). Day two, water is green. Well that better then brown. I can leave it alone for 3-4 hours without having to dump in more bleach.
    Fast forward a few days, get the last pile of leaves etc out. Water is blue and cloudy. A few more days waiting for the filter to catch up. This is not helped by the amazing amount of pollen. My skimmer socks got a workout. At last clear water, no CC and passed the OCLT.
    Total time 2 weeks.

    Test everything CYA 20, add more to inch up to 40.
    Ph 7.4
    TA 160???
    Hmm tannins from the leaves possibly effecting earlier readings? I know they lower ph.
    Ah well TA is for when I'm bored, and my ph is solid at 7.4-7.6 since the end of Apr.

    Current tests
    FC 4
    CC 0
    Ph 7.4
    TA 160-170
    CYA 40

    I'm thinking about going to an SWG, I looked at the Intex ones but they don't have the features that I need. The AquaTrol seems to be the next choice.
    Do I need to start the fight with my TA before I go to salt? Or is it still something to not worry about.

    I don't have a before picture but I do have a now shot of my sparkly pool.

    16x24 Oval AG 6700 gal
    DE, 1hp pump, Polaris-65
    Newf that swims daily (skimmer socks ftw!)
    TFT-100.
    Bullfrog R5L spa 235 gal.

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    Re: Thanks TFP and opinions wanted

    Welcome!

    Sorry it took so long for someone to reply. Maybe this will get some answers.

    I can't offer commentary on choosing a SWG since I don't use one. The TA I would work on, just because high TA tends to push pH up and a SWG is going to push it up even faster once it's going. You'll be fine tuning the SWG on time and CYA levels and everything else, the last thing you'll need is to be battling rapid pH rise right then.

    When you do make the transition, hold Diamond Day. Check post #5
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    Re: Thanks TFP and opinions wanted

    For myself, I went with getting the SWG up and running. I work out of town 4 days a week and the war department (wife) refuses to mess with chemicals unless they are pre measured. So I wanted to get the chlorine working before a green monster showed up. Then I worked on TA.

    Just my experience.
    12000 Gallon IG Plaster built 2/15/2014. Jandy 340 sg ft 127 gpm filter, Jandy 1 HP stealth pump. Circupool RJ-45 SWG (overkill). TF-100 with Speed Stir.

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    Re: Thanks TFP and opinions wanted

    I wish I could do diamond day, but no kids here. I actually got the pool for the newf. He's nice enough to let us silly humans swim in it sometimes as well.
    16x24 Oval AG 6700 gal
    DE, 1hp pump, Polaris-65
    Newf that swims daily (skimmer socks ftw!)
    TFT-100.
    Bullfrog R5L spa 235 gal.

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    Re: Thanks TFP and opinions wanted

    How does your dog get in and out? My lab/mastiff mix would LOVE to swim in our pool!

    Kim
    TFP Moderator 33x52 round AG 25,600 gals Sand Filter 1.5hp Pump - 2 Speed, SLAM, Pool School, Recommended Levels, Recommended Chemicals, Pool Math, Chlorine/CYA Chart, TF-100 Test Kit

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    Re: Thanks TFP and opinions wanted

    I have a Confer Step 1. It works well with a big dog. I found that the dog ramps just won't handle his size. Getting something that would work for my boy was the single hardest part of building the pool. Of course getting him to want to get out is another story.
    16x24 Oval AG 6700 gal
    DE, 1hp pump, Polaris-65
    Newf that swims daily (skimmer socks ftw!)
    TFT-100.
    Bullfrog R5L spa 235 gal.

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    Re: Thanks TFP and opinions wanted

    Greetings. I'm using a solaxx saltron retro. I wasn't ready to commit to the over priced SWG's out there. Works great now but there's no action happening in the pool yet. I'll let you know.


    16000 oval AG vinyl (half buried-in ground)
    Hayward EC30 Perflex DE
    Hayward Power-flo Pump 1hp
    SWG Non-inline
    TF-100!!!

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