I'm wondering why I keep having problems with algae. I don't seem to be able to avoid the stuff. I think it was last year someone told me that algae doesn't necessarily read and follow the rules we discuss here Thanks to TFP, I know what to do to get rid of it when I get it. That's not the problem. Here's a little recap:
Last year I tried Fiber Clear in the filter. I thought that was the solution. I had to backwash the filter pretty much every 2 weeks, which I hated, but I thought I finally had a solution to my algae problem...until I got algae a couple of times. So, it wasn't the solution This year I'm back on DE. All the grids were also replaced this year.
Sometimes in the past I got algae because I let my FC get too low. That's not my problem now. I'm usually running FC around 7 or 8. And I still get algae!
Here's tonight's chemical test.
- FC 11.0 (It's high because I had algae and added chlorine. But, when I got algae, it was around 7.5 - 8.0)
- CC 0.5 (I know that means 0)
- pH 7.3 (it's low because adding chlorine raises the pH and the chemical feeder adds acid. Normally it's around 7.4)
- TA 60
- CH 625 (It's high. People here have told me I can go with it if I keep the water balanced. I'm in California where we have a drought and empything part of the pool to refill isn't an option at the moment.)
- Salt 3000
- CYA 60
This year I'm experimenting with a chemical pool cover (Heatsavr). That's something new in the water. I don't know if that affects anything? Still, I've had algae problems in years past before I started using it.
Are pebble surfaces more susceptible to algae? (maybe it's easier to get started in one of the