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    Hello and I want to retire from being an algae farmer

    Hello Everyone,

    First, thanks so much for maintaining such an informative and helpful website.

    I have been a pool owner for a little over 3 years now. I formerly used a mom & pop pool store, and I was happy enough with it until it was sold to another owner. After that I tried a franchise pool store.

    With their help, I have had CYA levels so high that I have had to drain and replace water in my pool, as well as deal with 2 algae episodes, the last of which was finally resolved with help from an Ace Hardware store. I didn't understand what was going on.

    Then I found this site. I will be taking caring of my own pool from now on. Thank you for the tools.

    Philip
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    Re: Hello and I want to retire from being an algae farmer

    Welcome to TFP!
    you hae indeed found the right place to be for algae and trouble free pool.

    Enjoy!
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    Re: Hello and I want to retire from being an algae farmer

    Welcome!!

    I see you have the best test kit going, but have you shut down the farm already?
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    Re: Hello and I want to retire from being an algae farmer

    Welcome!

    You know, we like pictures. If you have any of the swamp, that would be great.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
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    Welcome to TFP!!!
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    We don't subsidize algae farming around here!
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    Re: Hello and I want to retire from being an algae farmer

    Quote Originally Posted by tim5055 View Post
    Welcome!!

    I see you have the best test kit going, but have you shut down the farm already?
    Hi Tim, yes the farm is presently shut down, but it took some effort. Then there was the clean up of the cloudy water and powdery residue that had settled to the bottom. That was the hardest part. Also had a problem with chloramines. But all is clear now and the pool is uncovered. Actually took a dip on Sunday (not recommended: water temp was 55 degrees F.).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Welcome!

    You know, we like pictures. If you have any of the swamp, that would be great.
    Thanks for the nice welcome, Richard. I have only 1 picture, and it is of the first episode. (The second episode was by far the worst of the two.) I just looked up how to post the photo. It is 2.99 MB which far exceeds the 250 K I'm allowed, so I'll get to it as soon as I can. I don't have a Photobucket or Flickr account.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divin Dave View Post
    Welcome to TFP!
    you hae indeed found the right place to be for algae and trouble free pool.

    Enjoy!
    Thanks, Divin Dave! I have enjoyed the learning process thus far, and I'm sure there is more to follow.

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    Welcome to TFP!!!
    Thanks, jblizzle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp View Post
    We don't subsidize algae farming around here!
    Hi Woody, that's too bad 'cause I'm really good at it!
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    Re: Hello and I want to retire from being an algae farmer

    cozybuilder,

    Welcome to the forum.

    You are nominated for "Best Thread title of the Month" !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh View Post
    cozybuilder,

    Welcome to the forum.

    You are nominated for "Best Thread title of the Month" !!
    Thanks, Dave! I did spend some time on that one
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    I love happy endings!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cozybuilder View Post
    Hi Tim, yes the farm is presently shut down, but it took some effort. Then there was the clean up of the cloudy water and powdery residue that had settled to the bottom. That was the hardest part. Also had a problem with chloramines. But all is clear now and the pool is uncovered. Actually took a dip on Sunday (not recommended: water temp was 55 degrees F.).

    Philip
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    Re: Hello and I want to retire from being an algae farmer

    I second duraleigh. Welcome cozybuilder!!

    Best title AND opening thread of the month.

    We will help you retire comfortably from that business.
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    Re: Hello and I want to retire from being an algae farmer

    BUT, you can't really retire or you will go back to being an algae farmer It's an ugly cycle of needing to stay busy maintaining your pool or giving in to the algae.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh View Post
    cozybuilder,

    Welcome to the forum.

    You are nominated for "Best Thread title of the Month" !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick_B View Post
    I second duraleigh. Welcome cozybuilder!!

    Best title AND opening thread of the month.

    We will help you retire comfortably from that business.
    Thanks, Patrick_B, I appreciate it! This is a great group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiss4afrog View Post
    BUT, you can't really retire or you will go back to being an algae farmer It's an ugly cycle of needing to stay busy maintaining your pool or giving in to the algae.
    Thanks for pointing that out to me, kiss4afrog. It is a vicious cycle, for sure. But now I'll be able to work smarter instead of harder.

    Philip
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casey View Post
    I was laughing out loud that I woke my boxer up! He only gets up when he hears a chip bag rattle!

    Welcome! I use imagepost.org to host all my pics. Easy!!!
    Casey, glad I made you laugh! Know that you reciprocated with your post. I'll check out imagepost.org.

    Give your dog a pat for me.

    Philip
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    Sorry, I misspoke, it is postimage.org. I'll give the jerk a pat for ya! lol I can't tell you what I really call him unless you PM me!
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Welcome!

    You know, we like pictures. If you have any of the swamp, that would be great.
    Richard320, here you go!

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