Over the last two months, I've been swimming almost daily care free and happy - apart from early problems with getting the pool level - and trying to convince my other half that we can use bleach in the pool to keep it clean and fresh.
This last week we had a big bush fire here in Adelaide, so I couldn't swim due to the smoke and ash - I covered the pool using my (rapidly deteriorating) blue cheap pool cover. During this time, I did the normal pool pumping but completely forgot to add chemicals for a couple of days - (I got out of my normal routine of swimming, adding chemicals and covering up) Anyhow, then it started raining and thundering, so again, no swimming. During a quiet spell, I uncovered it and got in only to be greeted by tiny little green things with white stems as I was using the net thingy to get bugs/stuff out.
Is this mustard algae? I have used the pool shop granules to shock the pool and also added buffer, got the pump running, invested in a (way too big - don't ask) silver and black heavy duty tarp and am now waiting for my test kit to arrive from the US.
I did buy two bottles of store brand bleach today which shows the following: Sodium Hypochlorite 35g/l, Available Chlorine 3.3% W?V. Sodium Hydroxide 4g/L - is this okay to use? Should I wait for my test kit to arrive before adding anything else?
Sorry for the long post - it's too wet (funny huh?) and a bit cooler to swim until later in the week - having to do boring housework until then.