Hi everyone, this is my first post, although I have been a stalker of this forum for a couple of months now. I followed the TFP advice to open our pool after all the pool store stuff failed to clear up my swamp.
We got it clear and the kids swam a few times...thanks! Then, came vacation Bible school where my family works up at the church basically all day every day for a week or more. I tested and kept the chlorine at the high end of acceptable swimming levels for the whole week, but didn't vacuum.
There was quite a bit of stuff on the bottom to be vacuumed up after that, but the water was still clear and my chlorine and ph numbers were still good. The day before Father's Day we got the Hayward AquaCritter to help my poor husband out (because he has to do all the vacuuming...I'm too short). We put the critter in Saturday morning (June 14th) and haven't seen the bottom of our pool since. It stirred up all that stuff and turned the whole pool green and the filter just hasn't gotten it all out yet.
I started SLAMing that evening. I kept it at the pool calculator level for a couple of days, then moved to the higher level on the chlorine/cya chart for several days and even got it up to the mustard algae level for 24hrs just to be sure.
It is blue now, has been for a couple of days, but no clarity at all. I have stopped SLAMing since passing the OCLT and my CC is at 0 or just barely .5 for days now. I'm just wondering why it is taking as long this time to clear up as it did when it was a swamp?
Seems like 2 weeks is a long time not to be able to swim in the middle of summer. Here are my numbers from this morning:
CYA 60 (which is where we wanted it because our pool gets full sun all day long)
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