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    Is my pool Cloudy? or Clear?

    I know this sounds ridiculous but i cant tell if i am being anal or not. What do you think. Do you think my pool is crystal clear? or a tad cloudy? I have passed the Over Night test. CC are <.5 and im not sure about the clarity of the pool.
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    I also added DE to sand filter, went up 1psi and then back washed when it went up 7 more psi. I did that twice. So now there is no DE in sand filter and back to the clean 16PSI on the gauge sand filter.

    I just want a crystal clear pool.

    SHOULD I ADD SUPER BLUE i feel that maybe my sand filter is not getting it all.
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    Re: Is my pool Cloudy? or Clear?

    Looks clear to me, but photos can be deceiving.

    Without reading back, are you still feeding the Nature2?
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    Re: Is my pool Cloudy? or Clear?

    I would call it clear enough that you can stop the SLAM, given you passed the other two requirements. As you keep your FC at proper levels you should notice increasing clarity over time. This is because nothing is growing so your filter has time to polish the water. NO need for clarifier.

    Fine job kaiswroll!

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    Re: Is my pool Cloudy? or Clear?

    Oops, I missed the clarifier part of the question. I agree with Donldson, no clarifier. If you feel you must do something, you can add DE to your sand filter.
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    Re: Is my pool Cloudy? or Clear?

    He did that, but I agree it is a better option than clarifier.

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    Re: Is my pool Cloudy? or Clear?

    Great thanks! Yes nature 2 is being fed.
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    Re: Is my pool Cloudy? or Clear?

    Quote Originally Posted by kaiseroll22 View Post
    Great thanks! Yes nature 2 is being fed.
    Just understand that the Nature2 is expensive and is dumping stuff in the pool we do not recommend.
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    Re: Is my pool Cloudy? or Clear?

    Nature 2 is adding metal to your water. Expect green stains and green hair if you keep adding mineral packs
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    Re: Is my pool Cloudy? or Clear?

    Based on the shot of your bottom drains, I'd say it's slightly cloudy. But that could also be angle and/or lighting distorting the pic.
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    Re: Is my pool Cloudy? or Clear?

    It could just be the picture, but I see slight haze to the water. Looks fairly clear other than the slight haze though.
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    Re: Is my pool Cloudy? or Clear?

    I strongly suggest that you remove the metal balls from the nature 2 cartridge. My plaster is stained from the nature 2 and it is only a matter of time before your pool is stained, too.

    Here is my posting describing how to remove the metal without removing the entire system (with photos):
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    Re: Is my pool Cloudy? or Clear?

    Still a bit cloudy.
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    Re: Is my pool Cloudy? or Clear?

    Did you add a little DE to the filter? Sand filters take longer and a little DE should help clear out the rest of the dead algae/fine sediment. Keep your filter going 24/7 until it is crystal clear. A dirty sand filter works more efficiently at clearing fine particles, too.
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    Re: Is my pool Cloudy? or Clear?

    That is clear!!

    Beautiful
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    Re: Is my pool Cloudy? or Clear?

    If you can see the drain cover philips head screws at 6 feet, I would say it's clear...
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    Re: Is my pool Cloudy? or Clear?

    Definitely clear! Nice pool!
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    Re: Is my pool Cloudy? or Clear?

    Quote Originally Posted by kaiseroll22 View Post
    Very nice. Did you ditch the Nature 2???

    I use it in my hot tub but went SWG in the pool.


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    Re: Is my pool Cloudy? or Clear?

    Nature 2 is still being fed but not with the low fc .5 that nature 2 says. I'm trying keeping it at 3 FC. And most likely won't use the nature 2 next year and go to SWG.
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    Re: Is my pool Cloudy? or Clear?

    At 50 CYA your minimum FC is 4, if you don't keep it above that then your water will likely not be staying clear.
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