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    Green mess, no cya need suggestions please. And happy Memorial Day

    Hello, I have read a lot about slamming and will do that but also read it's good to have ph levels good before you start, so here is my short story. Opened pool today and it's a green algae mess. Low chlorine but high PH and no CYA. This is my second year of owning a pool and 1st time opened by me.

    I started TFP method last year but still have a chlorinator hooked up and have pucks left so I loaded that up and also have 2 floaters in. I dropped my pool 3 feet during winter so lots of rain water in there. I know that the pucks will drop Ph some and add CYA. So my initial question is should I let the pool run with those for a while before trying to lower the ph with baking soda before I slam? I can't start the slam until the day after tomorrow anyway.
    Thanks and Happy Memorial Day.

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    Re: Green mess, no cya need suggestions please. And happy Memorial Day

    First, you need to get your PH down to between 7.4 to 7.6, then test and adjust TA to around 60 or 70. Finally, and enough CYA to raise CYA to 30.

    Then you need to SLAM you pool as described in Pool School. Using tablets isn't going to get rid of the algae.
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    Re: Green mess, no cya need suggestions please. And happy Memorial Day

    Thanks for the reply Jason ,I understand that the puck won't get ride of the algae but was curious if they would be adding cya in quickly enough.

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    Re: Green mess, no cya need suggestions please. And happy Memorial Day

    No, they add CYA very slowly. Eventually, in a couple of weeks, they will have added enough CYA, but much better to just add what you need right now.
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    Re: Green mess, no cya need suggestions please. And happy Memorial Day

    So my initial question is should I let the pool run with those for a while before trying to lower the ph with baking soda
    Just one thing. Baking soda doesn't lower pH. It raises TA and raises PH slightly. You need muriatic or dry acid to lower pH.
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    Re: Green mess, no cya need suggestions please. And happy Memorial Day

    Good catch.

    Maybe have another read on the Recommended Pool Chemicals and how to add them.
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    Re: Green mess, no cya need suggestions please. And happy Memorial Day

    Well Thanks again, I added Muriatic acid last night going to check Ph levels when I get back tonight. will be getting TA and Cya up starting tomorrow morning. I have 2 days off and Thursday I can at least monitor in morning and evening so hope to be able to start slamming late tomorrow if i can get a hold of Liquid Stabilizer.
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    Re: Green mess, no cya need suggestions please. And happy Memorial Day

    Liquid Stabilizer is expensive. I was able to raise my CYA to 25 or so overnight using multiple socks (I used filter savers) in front of returns. After a few days it balanced out to 30.
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    Re: Green mess, no cya need suggestions please. And happy Memorial Day

    Im just pressed for time but may use granular.
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    Re: Green mess, no cya need suggestions please. And happy Memorial Day

    I found the Clorox brand dissolved very quickly. I forget what the first brand we used was, but it was a nightmare to dissolve.
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    Re: Green mess, no cya need suggestions please. And happy Memorial Day

    The Stabilizer Wal-Mart sells supposedly dissolves fast, although I have never used it myself, the stuff Lowes sells takes forever to dissolve, I have some in a sock now that is going on 3 weeks although I don't kneed is often, and 3/4 or more of it is dissolved now
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    Re: Green mess, no cya need suggestions please. And happy Memorial Day

    Lowes used to have Kemtek but they have Clorox now.
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    Re: Green mess, no cya need suggestions please. And happy Memorial Day

    In my area Walmart and Lowes both carried aqua Chem and both switched to clorox brand.

    +1 for the clorox brand dissolving very quickly.
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