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    algae on the pool floor.

    Chlorine and ph level ok but I have to vacuum algae out every single day! It's driving me insane! how can I get rid of this problem?
    hi, my name is Sherry, My pool is 17,000 thousand gallon in ground sports pool with vinyl liner and sand filter.
    Sharon Colbert

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    Re: algae on the pool floor.

    Welcome to TFP!

    There is a solution to this problem, but first...

    Chlorine and ph level ok
    Stating that chlorine and pH are "OK" is not enough to go on. Practicing the TFP method begins with quantifiable numbers from test results. What are you using to test with and can you post any numbers?
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    Re: algae on the pool floor.

    Welcome to TFP!
    Can you post a full set of numbers?
    What test are you using?
    What does your water look like?
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    Re: algae on the pool floor.

    just the test kit I got with the pool.
    hi, my name is Sherry, My pool is 17,000 thousand gallon in ground sports pool with vinyl liner and sand filter.
    Sharon Colbert

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    Re: algae on the pool floor.

    the water is a little cloudy.
    hi, my name is Sherry, My pool is 17,000 thousand gallon in ground sports pool with vinyl liner and sand filter.
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    Re: algae on the pool floor.

    Welcome!

    Quote Originally Posted by slc2015 View Post
    Chlorine and ph level ok but I have to vacuum algae out every single day! It's driving me insane! how can I get rid of this problem?
    Kill it.

    What the pool store or the bottle of test strips says is "Okay" for Chlorine might not be. In fact, if you have algae, it's not. There is no absolutely right chlorine level. It's the ratio of chlorine to stabilizer. Shorthand here is FC/CYA ratio. If you've been chlorinating with pucks or powders, it's probably that your stabilizer level is too high, which keeps the chlorine from killing the algae before it can reproduce.

    Just accept that you'll have to invest in a proper test kit. It's a onetime expense, plus annual refills which are cheaper. Then accept that the pool store doesn't make money giving you good advice, they make their money selling you chemicals. Then immerse yourself in pool school until you feel like this :dizzy:

    ABCs, Recommended Chemicals, Defeating Algae are all good places to start.

    When it seems to overwhelming, go look at some interesting pictures. You'll find some in Inspirational Threads. Start at the last page and work backwards if you want to see more recent ones. While your pool isn't a swamp yet, it will be soon if you don;t take control.
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    Re: algae on the pool floor.

    You will need to order a test kit then. The TF100 ships from NC so you should get it quick.
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    Re: algae on the pool floor.

    Hayward vari-flo filter with superflo performance pump with auto chlorinator. Hayward thru the wall skimmer. aqua chem test kit.
    hi, my name is Sherry, My pool is 17,000 thousand gallon in ground sports pool with vinyl liner and sand filter.
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    Re: algae on the pool floor.

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320
    There is no absolutely right chlorine level. It's the ratio of chlorine to stabilizer. Shorthand here is FC/CYA ratio.
    Repeating for emphasis. This is the first concept I would focus on learning. Understanding it will prevent your pool from getting algae or other forms of organic contamination. See FC/CYA Chart

    Also recommend getting one of the Recommended Test Kits. I use the TF-100 because it's the best value and they have a freshness guarantee. You can order it here: TFTestkits.net. The kit ships from NC and they ship fast. Being in AL, you should have it in your hands in 1-2 days with normal shipping. It contains all the testing materials that you will need to test for, including the all-important FAS-DPD chlorine test which is the ticket to entry for practicing our methods and ridding your pool of algae.
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    Re: algae on the pool floor.

    I just purchased my test kit TF-100. Until then vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. Thanks for your help. Is their any thing else to do until I get my test kit?
    hi, my name is Sherry, My pool is 17,000 thousand gallon in ground sports pool with vinyl liner and sand filter.
    Sharon Colbert

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    Re: algae on the pool floor.

    Quote Originally Posted by slc2015 View Post
    I just purchased my test kit TF-100. Until then vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. Thanks for your help. Is their any thing else to do until I get my test kit?

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    Re: algae on the pool floor.

    If you have leaves or bigger chunks then use a leaf rake to scoop it out.
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    Re: algae on the pool floor.

    Quote Originally Posted by slc2015
    I just purchased my test kit TF-100.
    This will all make sense before you know it.
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    Re: algae on the pool floor.

    I got my test kit today now trying how to use it. What is the best stabilizer to use?
    hi, my name is Sherry, My pool is 17,000 thousand gallon in ground sports pool with vinyl liner and sand filter.
    Sharon Colbert

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    Re: algae on the pool floor.

    Quote Originally Posted by slc2015 View Post
    I got my test kit today now trying how to use it. What is the best stabilizer to use?
    Anything that is 99% cyanuric acid or better. The stuff Walmart sells is pretty highly regarded. So is the stuff at Lowes.
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    Re: algae on the pool floor.

    Lowes recently switched to Clorox brand CYA/stabilizer.
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    Re: algae on the pool floor.

    Quote Originally Posted by slc2015 View Post
    I got my test kit today now trying how to use it. What is the best stabilizer to use?
    your stabilizer is most likely too high...run a full set of tests with your kit and post them all here for input on next steps. do not add anything right now with the exception of chlorine
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