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    Cloudy water...tests look ok.

    Hi all. Opened my pool in upstate NY a few weeks ago, to crystal clear but cold water. The weather has finally turned warmer here and I started to bump up my filter run time as the water warmed. It's over 65 degrees now, but the water is cloudy. I use the TFP method, and have for last 3 years. My tests are using a Taylor k 2006 kit.
    FC 7.0
    CC 0.0
    TA 100 (added baking soda as per pool math to bring it up)
    PH 7.6
    CH 100
    CYA 50
    I know the CH is low, but all other readings have been normal. Could the low CH cause cloudiness? I have added some calcium increaser, but maybe need more ( haven't tested level after adding). I have the 2 returns angled downwards, hoping to stir up the deep end. The water is clear til about 2-3 feet down where it appears cloudy.
    The weather has been cold and just warmed up, there FC was never low while the temp was over 55.
    Any ideas or suggestions? Should I SLAM just in case?
    Thanks!
    Rick
    Upstate/Central New York. Roman style IG fiberglass pool, 13X33, 8800 gallons, installed July 2012. Pentair cartridge filter, 1 hp Pentair single speed pump. Taylor K2006 Test kit. Went BBB route in spring of 2013, no problems, no regrets!!!!!!

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    Re: Cloudy water...tests look ok.

    Yes, it seems like you should.
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    Re: Cloudy water...tests look ok.

    +1 what pooldv says. If your water came into the pool clear and you have been running the pump, then it seems likely algae has gotten a grip somehow along the way. My guess is it will clear quickly during the SLAM procedure.
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    Re: Cloudy water...tests look ok.

    Are you all read up on the SLAM process? Here is the article describing the process. SLAMing Your Pool
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    Re: Cloudy water...tests look ok.

    Yes I have read the process to SLAM, but this is the first time I have had to try it!
    Upstate/Central New York. Roman style IG fiberglass pool, 13X33, 8800 gallons, installed July 2012. Pentair cartridge filter, 1 hp Pentair single speed pump. Taylor K2006 Test kit. Went BBB route in spring of 2013, no problems, no regrets!!!!!!

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    Re: Cloudy water...tests look ok.

    The SLAM process seems a bit intimidating at first, but if you follow it exactly it works. It requires time and patience as it is not a overnight process.
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    Re: Cloudy water...tests look ok.

    You'll likely need more FAS/DPD reagent to SLAM with that kit just FYI.
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