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    DEAD ALGAE!! About to just drain whole pool

    My pool has so much white floating particles. I assume it is dead algae. Can't even put my cartridge filter in because it just clogs up. It is also only a 5 day old cartridge. PLEASE HELP!!
    AG 18' non- SWG pool (6900-7400 gallons), Hayward power -flo lx pump (1.5hp), swim pro cartridge filter model c100(single cart)

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    Re: DEAD ALGAE!! About to just drain whole pool

    Then the filter is doing it's job. No other way around it.

    Post up your test results ... Likely a chemistry issue.
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    Re: DEAD ALGAE!! About to just drain whole pool

    In pool math at the bottom it gives you gallons for any size pool. Yours should be 6700 gallons. I don't know what your budget is, but I do remember what a pain cartridges were. I went with a sand filter and for me it works so much better and easier to maintain. Just an option.

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    Re: DEAD ALGAE!! About to just drain whole pool

    Like jbizzle said, there's just no way around it. Clogging is good! It means the stuff that used to be in the pool is now trapped in the filter and can be rinsed out. Either patiently filter it out or drain and start over. Draining costs $$$ for new water and chemicals though.

    You'll just have to put up with cleaning the filter daily, twice daily, whatever it takes. Either that or spend more money on a larger cartridge filter or sand filter - but that's just a waste of money.
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    Re: DEAD ALGAE!! About to just drain whole pool

    Try using a skimmer sock. Might be easier to clean.
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    Re: DEAD ALGAE!! About to just drain whole pool

    Everyone else has covered the filter aspect.

    I'm going to mention the chemistry. If you aren't killing the algae faster than it can reproduce, you'll just have an endless supply of bleached carcasses that will never ever clear, no matter how often you clean the filter.

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    Re: DEAD ALGAE!! About to just drain whole pool

    Thanks for the information guys. All I have is test strips right now. My kit is in mail. Draining pool isn't gonna cost me a lot of money. I pay 38 dollars a month no matter how much water I use. I am gonna acid wash my cartridge and buy a second one so I can just keep switching them out. Or should I just drain it?
    AG 18' non- SWG pool (6900-7400 gallons), Hayward power -flo lx pump (1.5hp), swim pro cartridge filter model c100(single cart)

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    Re: DEAD ALGAE!! About to just drain whole pool

    Draining 6700 gallons is not a big deal at all. When my pool was leaking, I would go through 22,000 gallons a month.
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    Re: DEAD ALGAE!! About to just drain whole pool

    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieH View Post
    Draining 6700 gallons is not a big deal at all. When my pool was leaking, I would go through 22,000 gallons a month.
    thats one heckuva leak!!!
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