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    Algae prevention whilst waiting for test kit

    Hi all, I have had issues with algae for the past few weeks now and have done my reading on the SLAM method of eradicating which I intend to implement as soon as my test kit arrives, however, I live in the Bahamas and that kit won't be here for 2-3 weeks as I ordered it along with some other goods that I am having shipped. I would like to maintain the pool to a swim-able state for the time being as it is summer vacation for the kids and REALLY don't need it to be out of action that long. Is there a good alternative to use in the mean time, dare I say it algaecide or something of the sort?

    Thanks (on behalf of my wife who may go insane if I can't get it in check!!!)
    17,000gal IG, Diamond Bright finish, Ecostar SP3400VSP, Hayward Starclear plus C900 90sqft Cartridge filter, Aquarite SWG with T-9 Cell, Built/Completed May 2013

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    Re: Algae prevention whilst waiting for test kit

    Sorry, without any clue what the stabilizer level is, I can't even guess a ballpark amount of bleach to add every day just to hold things in check.
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    Re: Algae prevention whilst waiting for test kit

    Quote Originally Posted by gstretton View Post
    I would like to maintain the pool to a swim-able state for the time being as it is summer vacation for the kids and REALLY don't need it to be out of action that long.
    So if your trying to maintain the pool to a swimable state...do I read that as being your water is currently not green and maybe just cloudy? What kind of testing kit(s) do you have on hand? Test strips or the yellow color matching OTO test?
    I also see that it was completed in 2013 so it's not that old....any background on your maintenance history? Stabilizer added after it was filled, Dichlor or trichlor AKA powders or pucks used?
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    Re: Algae prevention whilst waiting for test kit

    Thanks guys, sorry in the delay for the reply, I have basically had my pump running 24/7 and brushing daily and cleaning the filter daily, I have had the SWG on 100% output also, My kit STILL hasn't arrived its due in on Tuesday so hopefully I can get it all sorted then. I have used Aquachek 7 test strips which tell me that the stabilizer is in between the 30-50 and everything else is generally ok, but the algae is just starting to get worse so maybe a general shock and do the same again until the kit arrives?
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    Re: Algae prevention whilst waiting for test kit

    Do you have access to bleach? You are going to need it. You could add 1 bottle every evening until the test kit arrives ... then follow the ShockLevelAndMAINTAIN Process
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    Re: Algae prevention whilst waiting for test kit

    With the bottle of bleach will that still be at a safe level to swim?
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    Re: Algae prevention whilst waiting for test kit

    Depends on your CYA level. Safe to swim up to the shock level listed in the FC/CYA Chart.

    It is generally safer to swim with the FC a little high than it is with it too low ... assuming you can always see the bottom.
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