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    We have an 18' round above ground pool. It worked great for many years. Two years ago, we started having problems. (I think that was when the town water system was rebuilt). For the last two years we have started from scratch. We put fresh water in and powdered shock. Almost immediately, the water turned cloudy. I bought a Taylor testing kit. Here are my results:

    6.4 ppm free chlorine
    pH 7.6
    Calcium carbonate alkalinity 330 ppm
    Calcium hardness 100 ppm
    Cyanuric acid 0 ppm
    Water temp 70 degrees

    When I put the numbers in the Taylor calculator, it seems to show that saturation is near 1.5 which is about 3 times what it should be. I'm not a chemist and the tables in the book are cryptic to me. I'm guessing there is way too much calcium carbonate? What treatment should I use?

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    Re: cloudy water

    Welcome to TFP!

    Though your TA, which is reported as calcium carbonate equivalent, is high, that likely isn't the cause of your cloudiness. More than likely the shock is the cause. I'd bet if you read the ingredients is says it is calcium hypochlorite. Well known for clouding the water.

    You'd be better served to use a trichlor or dichlor shock until your CYA gets to a reasonable level (see Recommended Levels ) and then switch to liquid chlorine in the form of liquid pool "shock" or unscented laundry bleach.
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    Re: cloudy water

    Can you clarify which Taylor kit you are using please?
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    Re: cloudy water

    I agree with JohnT...

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    Re: cloudy water

    I'm trying to decipher how much triclor to add. I'm confused about CYA. What is stabilizer? Do I need it with an above ground pool with a sand filter?



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    Re: cloudy water

    Quote Originally Posted by drankin View Post
    I'm trying to decipher how much triclor to add. I'm confused about CYA. What is stabilizer? Do I need it with an above ground pool with a sand filter?


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    CYA and stabilizer are the same thing. It protects your chlorine from sunlight. Without it your chlorine can be gone in a few hours. Too much and it can be a bear to get rid of algae. You want it to be just right.
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    Re: cloudy water

    Thanks. What would be an approximate amount to add to an 8500 gallon pool?



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    Re: cloudy water

    Welcome to TFP! See below links for recommended levels, chemicals and how to add.

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    Here are the Recommended Levels for your pool.
    Here is the Water Balance for a saltwater pool.
    Here are the Recommended Pool Chemicals and how to add them.
    Use PoolMath to figure out how much to add.
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