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    opened my pool a little late i guess

    I opened my pool today and it looks terrible. First off I am guessing that the tarp that used as a winter cover leaks so the on top of water got into the pool some. I have a lot of trees so the water on top was brown as well as the water in the pool I have the hose filling it up and got the pump going as soon as I could off the bottom drain. The water smells terrible and is full of bugs including water spiders, I poured in 6 gallons of 12.5% and now that I look at pool math it appears this was way too much. Will this harm anything or will all the organics in the pool eat the chlorine fast enough? We bought the house last summer and this is my first time opening the pool. I wanted to get the bleach in asap so I can try and keep it up there this weekend as much as possible.
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    Re: opened my pool a little late i guess

    Do you have a test kit? We really need to see a full set of readings with a reliable test kit to better help you.
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    Re: opened my pool a little late i guess

    reading around 1-2%, didn't think the organics would eat it that fast. The water did turn cloudy though so that is a good thing. I'll have to look and see how often people have had to add in the past.
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    Re: opened my pool a little late i guess

    Do you mean 1-2ppm? Yes, if your water is swampy then it will use up chlorine fast. Keep the FC up.

    What is your CYA level? Go read the Chlorine CYA Chart for your CYA level and keep the FC up at shock level. And get ready to SLAM Your Pool. Or if you're ready then start now.
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    Re: opened my pool a little late i guess

    If the water looks swampy, there's a good chance the CYA decomposed into Ammonia, which will go through bleach almost as fast as you can pour it in. We'd have a better idea if you had test results so we could see what happens to the FC and CC readings. A test kit is essential to maintain your pool, and critical if you want to eradicate the algae.
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