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    Did 1st test of season, not sure what method to follow...guidance please!!

    So i brought a TF 100 kit last season and had very minimal maintenance with the pool aside from occasional chlorine and adding a sock full of something (don't recall chemical name).

    So i left the pool half full through our WI winter and opened it about 2 months ago. I shocked it and it cleared up pretty good. Added a sand filter vs. stock intex unit. Now the only thing i've been fitting is keeping the bottom clean. We have zero trees to speak off so all the stuff on the bottom looks like dark dust bunnies like you'd find in your house. Seems like it comes back in a matter of a day or 2.

    So i dug out the TF-100 kit and here are the results:
    Ph 8.2 (using basic test)
    FC 2
    CC 0
    TA 250
    CH 110
    CYA 20 (i could still faintly see the dot with the tube filled)

    So i have 4 gallons of shock sitting in the garage and no other chemicals. So i really don't have a preference on which system i use...whatever is quick and easy so i don't have to keep vacumming

    Suggestions?
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    Re: Did 1st test of season, not sure what method to follow...guidance please!!

    First, get some muriatic acid and get your ph down. Then use some more 12.5% to get your fc up to recommended levels. Your cc suggests you don't have something going on in your pool. I've never seen anything like Brown dust bunnies, so I have no idea what they are. Can you vacuum them up? You need to get your cya up a bit too. Up there in cooler country (I spent the first 27 years of my life in Sheboygan and Oshkosh so I know it can get hot you there too), you might not need as much as we do down here, but ~30 or so would be good.

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    Re: Did 1st test of season, not sure what method to follow...guidance please!!

    I'm headed to town this afternoon, so Muriatic Acid is all i should buy if i have 4 gallons of shock already here?
    I thought 0 CC was good....must have misread that article.


    If i had to guess, those dust bunnies are algae. When i vac them up they go right through the vac filter into the main pool filter. When i had the old intex filter and i would vac those up, a green cloud would come out of the outlet port.
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    Re: Did 1st test of season, not sure what method to follow...guidance please!!

    Yes, 0cc is good I made some edits to my first reply.
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    Re: Did 1st test of season, not sure what method to follow...guidance please!!

    Sounds like you need to SLAM your pool. You mention having "shock" on hand. If that is dichlor, trichlor or cal-hypo you will be adding things to your pool that you don't necessarily need. You do need to get your PH down and you would use muriatic acid to do that.

    You should do some reading in pool school. Start wit ABC's of pool water chemistry here:
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/conte...ater-chemistry

    Then read up on the SLAM process here.

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/conte...tain-shockingl
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    Re: Did 1st test of season, not sure what method to follow...guidance please!!

    The stuff I put in the sock lsst season is chlorine coniditioner and stabilizer and I have aome left.
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    Re: Did 1st test of season, not sure what method to follow...guidance please!!

    If you keep track of how much you add, the powdered shock might be beneficial to raise your CYA.
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    Re: Did 1st test of season, not sure what method to follow...guidance please!!

    The "conditioner" you have is cyanuric acid (CYA). From your tests above yours looks low. I strongly suggest you start with ABC's of pool water chemistry.

    Sounds like you need to SLAM your pool. That is a process and not a one time addition of product. It isn't uncommon at all to have algae with 0CC's. And....what you're describing sounds like algae.
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    Re: Did 1st test of season, not sure what method to follow...guidance please!!

    Im not seeing muriatic acid...would it be listed as something else?
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    Re: Did 1st test of season, not sure what method to follow...guidance please!!

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    Re: Did 1st test of season, not sure what method to follow...guidance please!!

    Will this stuff work?
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    Re: Did 1st test of season, not sure what method to follow...guidance please!!

    Muriatic acid is usually in the paint section of the hardware store
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    Re: Did 1st test of season, not sure what method to follow...guidance please!!

    The pH Minus Powder will lower the PH. PoolMath calls that Dry Acid. Muriatic acid is less expensive and has other advantages, but since you already have the dry acid you might as well use it up.
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    Re: Did 1st test of season, not sure what method to follow...guidance please!!

    That powder will work. Liquid Muriatic Acid will probably be cheaper, though.
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