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    Bluetrol and Algatrol

    I was cleaning out the pool cabinet and found a bottle of Bluetrol and Algatrol...is there any place for this in the TFPC method or should I just get rid of it?

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    Re: Bluetrol and Algatrol

    Without looking them both up and determining their contents I can't say definitively, but I'm guessing not.

    From their names I'm guessing a clarifier and algecide.
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    Re: Bluetrol and Algatrol

    Thanks. I thought these were standard brand names- must just be the local pool shop names. Bluetrol is a clarifier- says it restores water sparkle for hazy water. It doesn't seem to list avtive ingredients. Algatrol is an algaecide - active ingredients: poly[oxyethlene (dimethyliminio) ethylene (dimethyliminio) ethylene dichloride.
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    Re: Bluetrol and Algatrol

    Algatrol is polyquat, which is a good algaecide. More useful as an algae preventer, chlorine is more effective to use during an algae outbreak. Full strength polyquat is 60%. See this post on how polyquat works:

    Polyquat algaecides: Mode of Action

    The bluetrol is useless for TFP, and won't ever be necessary to use in your pool.
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    Re: Bluetrol and Algatrol

    Thanks!!
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    Re: Bluetrol and Algatrol

    One more question: if I keep up with the recommended FC for my CYA, I should not have an algae problem, correct?
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    Re: Bluetrol and Algatrol

    correct,
    but I would like to add that you have to start off Algae Free.
    If you currently have any alage, then a slam is in order to kill it, and after that, just maintain the FC/CYA.

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    One more question: if I keep up with the recommended FC for my CYA, I should not have an algae problem, correct?
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    Re: Bluetrol and Algatrol

    Yes, I did a slam and I met the criteria, so I believe I'm algae free....Thanks for the help
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