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    Hubby added cal hypo now water is cloudy

    I was away and DH thought he would help by adding cal hypo to shock the pool. I've returned and the water is milky blue- I think he added some clarifier- but he wont admit it
    So heres my readings"
    PH: 7.2
    TA:100
    CH: 10--
    Cal: 180- I know this is low but I am adding a little calcium at a time.

    Will the milky go away? Should I let it go away before I start the shock process again... using bleach this time!
    38900 gallons ,IG ,Gunite, sand filter ( swim quip from the 60's), pump: Hayward SP2610X15 1.5 HP single speed, pool installed?? late 60's, re- surfaced October 2012

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    Re: Hubby added cal hypo now water is cloudy

    What does a CH of 10-- mean? Is that suppose to be FC since I am guessing that Cal is supposed to be calcium (CH)?

    What is your CYA?
    What test kit are you using?
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    Re: Hubby added cal hypo now water is cloudy

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    What does a CH of 10-- mean? Is that suppose to be FC since I am guessing that Cal is supposed to be calcium (CH)?

    What is your CYA?
    What test kit are you using?
    Sorry--- yes I meant FC of 10 and the CH is 180.


    The CYA is 50- My pool is in full sun all day no trees. I thought I read that was a good number?
    Im using the Lesley pool kit you all recommend for the PH, TA, CH, and CYA. I use a more specific test kit for the FC- I believe its a more specific chlorine test- tests high chlorine levels for shocking-again on that I saw recommended on here.
    Last edited by babsh; 05-10-2015 at 01:27 PM. Reason: typed incorrect number
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    Re: Hubby added cal hypo now water is cloudy

    Ok sounds like you are in good shape as far as the test kit. If the cloudiness is just from the cal-hypo it should clear up. Usually that only happens at higher pH I thought.
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    Re: Hubby added cal hypo now water is cloudy

    Quote Originally Posted by babsh View Post
    Will the milky go away? Should I let it go away before I start the shock process again... using bleach this time!
    Why are you shocking your pool? Do you have algae and are in a SLAM?
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    Re: Hubby added cal hypo now water is cloudy

    You are not alone. Cal hypo cloudiness is a common topic here.

    Fingers crossed it's not some reaction between undissolved particles of Cal-hypo and clarifier. About all you can do is open a can of POP. Pool Owner Patience.
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    Re: Hubby added cal hypo now water is cloudy

    Yes, I was in the middle of slamming pool..we had the start of algae issues..... had to leave for a day... bad timing... thats when hubby took over and used the cal hypo instead of bleach as I instructed.
    hence my question... should I just let the milky go away first, before I start the slamming process again. I think I still have an algae issue... my FC is getting eaten up. I don't think I should wait... I'm basically "running on instruments" when I slam the pool. Just taking readings- not really basing on clarity... that make sense?
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    Re: Hubby added cal hypo now water is cloudy

    SLAM away.
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    Re: Hubby added cal hypo now water is cloudy

    Kill the algae. The cloudy should dissipate. Be patient with the cloudiness, be aggressive with the algae.
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