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    Algae Bloom

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    I have been doing pretty good at keeping the pool at the indicated 5ppm level, I add chlorine late at nigh, pump runs from 6 am til 4pm, but I have algae growing for some reason I can't quite figure it out.

    CYA level was 45 back in May, and I thought that number would not drop, but anyways.

    I need to increase CH to 150 correct?.

    I am going to start slamming but can you please give me an idea as to what could be the problem.
    Filter is showing 10 psi used to be at around 20 psi, I have not cleaned it since it was clean back in October and not used until april. I do backwash once a week or 2 weeks and recharge.

    Thanks for your help.

    26K gallons, IG vinyl, Pentair 1.5 HP, Hayward DE filter, TF 100 test kit, Ecojet Turbo Cleaner

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    Re: Algae Bloom

    First, your vinyl pool doesn't need Calcium. So don't worry about it being low.

    Second, low filter pressure could be as simple as a bad gauge. Does it drop to zero with the pump off? Does it go up slowly before you backwash? How is the flow in the returns? You might have a clogged impeller or something which means you have insufficient circulation.

    Third: where is the algae? Is the water otherwise clear? If it's just in a few patches, that points to poor circulation and/or insufficient brushing.
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    Re: Algae Bloom

    It does drop to 0.
    It does go up slowly after backwash, I just back washed it and is just below 10.
    Flow in the returns seems fine but in the shallow end not as good as it was before.
    It started in the deep end on the wall, but just the junctions since is 60 degrees, I hope you understand what I am saying. I slammed it and went away, but now it started again.
    The water is crystal clear, not cloudy at all, you really have to pay attention to notice the algae.
    I am gonna start running pump 12 hrs to see if it makes a difference, used to do it, and you are right, once I dropped running time to 10 hrs this started 3-4 weeks later.

    Algae is in a few spots.

    26K gallons, IG vinyl, Pentair 1.5 HP, Hayward DE filter, TF 100 test kit, Ecojet Turbo Cleaner

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    Re: Algae Bloom

    You know you need to SLAM to get rid of it, and since it's not widespread, I suspect it will go quickly. It certainly sounds like a circulation problem. Do you vacuum up a lot of pine needles? They can slip through the pump strainer basket and clog the impeller. http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...om-11-to-6-psi
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    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: Algae Bloom

    Pine needles indeed!!

    I will SLAM and run pump for 12 hrs daily, but for now, will run 24 hrs until I am good.
    Thanks

    26K gallons, IG vinyl, Pentair 1.5 HP, Hayward DE filter, TF 100 test kit, Ecojet Turbo Cleaner

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    Re: Algae Bloom

    Quote Originally Posted by Stars26 View Post
    Pine needles indeed!!

    I will SLAM and run pump for 12 hrs daily, but for now, will run 24 hrs until I am good.
    Thanks
    So are we to take it that that was the low pressure problem and that it's all fixed now?
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: Algae Bloom

    yeah, thanks very much.

    26K gallons, IG vinyl, Pentair 1.5 HP, Hayward DE filter, TF 100 test kit, Ecojet Turbo Cleaner

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