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    New pool owner and need some assistance

    Moved into my house almost a month ago and I have a pool that I believe is roughly 20k gallons. I've begun to get a little bit of algae growth. I go out there and scrub it occasionally as well as having one of the pool vacuums that runs when the pump is running. This is my first home so I don't have ANY pool experience but want to maintain it myself. With the house came some equipment (pictured), as well as bucket of chlorine tabs as well as a bottle of pool perfect + phos free. I also have an Ozone generator.

    I dont know how to adjust pH, what it should be, or anything! HELP!






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    Re: New pool owner and need some assistance

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    Step 1: throw away the test strips and order one of the Recommended Test Kits.

    Step 2: Read Pool School while waiting for test kit. Start with these:
    ABCs of Water Chemistry
    Recommended Pool Chemicals
    How to Chlorinate Your Pool

    Step 3: Follow the ShockLevelAndMAINTAIN Process to clear up the pool

    Step 4:

    Please add your pool details to your signature as described HERE as it will help us help you.

    {And edit your first post so all the images show up like I changed the first one}
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    Re: New pool owner and need some assistance

    Theres also a second smaller filter next to the bigger one.
    PHX, AZ ~20k gallon pool/hot tub, IG, heated. Pump 1 STA-RITE: p6e6p-207L Pump 2 STA-RITE: MPRA6E-147L Filter: System3 S8M150

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    Re: New pool owner and need some assistance

    I did and now theres no first post... thanks.
    PHX, AZ ~20k gallon pool/hot tub, IG, heated. Pump 1 STA-RITE: p6e6p-207L Pump 2 STA-RITE: MPRA6E-147L Filter: System3 S8M150

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    Re: New pool owner and need some assistance

    I've fixed the issue with your post not showing.

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    Re: New pool owner and need some assistance

    Thanks! What test kit would you guys recommend with my pool? I've read the links provided and now understand what stuff does, but not how to do it necessarily. I know the test kit will help with that.
    PHX, AZ ~20k gallon pool/hot tub, IG, heated. Pump 1 STA-RITE: p6e6p-207L Pump 2 STA-RITE: MPRA6E-147L Filter: System3 S8M150

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    Re: New pool owner and need some assistance

    TF-100 from tftestkits.net is the best value. Get the xl option since you need to SLAM. The SpeedStir is great too.
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    Re: New pool owner and need some assistance

    I've been told the BBB method was the best? I should add the pool is fine for swimming, just noticing a little discoloration on the walls.
    PHX, AZ ~20k gallon pool/hot tub, IG, heated. Pump 1 STA-RITE: p6e6p-207L Pump 2 STA-RITE: MPRA6E-147L Filter: System3 S8M150

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    Re: New pool owner and need some assistance

    If the other filter you a referring to is the small brown one to the right..that's your air blower for the bubbler in the spa. I have the same filter and probably air blower as you have. I have the Aqualink RS8 system also.
    Inground 22k gallon gunite 15x31 main pool, 15x7 wading pool/sunning deck, hot tub/with overflow (9' octagon with limestone top) & slide NSWG, Aqua Blue Pebble Sheen
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    Re: New pool owner and need some assistance

    Quote Originally Posted by 50willie View Post
    I've been told the BBB method was the best? I should add the pool is fine for swimming, just noticing a little discoloration on the walls.
    The BBB method (now known as the TFPC method) is our recommended way of maintaining a pool at its peak.
    It involves your effort in reading (which you have done - good!) and understanding pool school (this will come once you start testing and adjusting your pool), and taking care of your pool (with our help). Don't worry too much if you don't understand everything in pool school at first.

    To get a pool to its peak condition, we recommend SLAMming the pool. In order to SLAM your pool (and to follow the TFPC method), you will need one of the recommended test kits.

    Your pictures indicate that the water is relatively clear, but you have mentioned a slight discolouration on the walls and that the house came with chlorine tablets.
    Chlorine tablets actually contain both chlorine and stabiliser. The chlorine is used up, but the stabiliser (cyanuric acid or CYA) remains in the water. CYA is something that is required in moderation - a little of it helps to reduce the chlorine loss to sunlight, but too much of it reduces your effective chlorine levels.
    Getting the recommended test kit will enable us to determine whether or not your CYA level has reached "too much".

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