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    How to get algea off the top

    Hey everyone, I've never had a pool before, and bought my first home a few months ago, and it has a pool! It was black to begin with...


    After a couple of weeks I have gotten it to this...


    My question is simple I think, so here goes.
    I've shocked the **** out of her, and vacuumed the bottom, but how do I get the small bits of algea off of the top? I feel like I've read somewhere that you don't want to put it through the filter, but I'm in the dark. Lol
    If y'all could give me a little guidance I'd really appreciate it!
    Thank you!

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    Re: How to get algea off the top

    Do you have a skimmer? Put a skimmer sock in it or some panty hose. Careful though, they clog up fast.

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    Re: How to get algea off the top

    Get one of the Recommended Test Kits, I use the TF100 from tftestkits.net.

    When you get it give us some test results and get ready to SLAM Your Pool.

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    Re: How to get algea off the top

    You can let it settle to the bottom, then vacuum to waste. (During your SLAM, of course!)
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    Re: How to get algea off the top

    I went and got a package of socks for the skimmer, and when I got back, I decided to change out the sand (it was BAD), and the underdrain in the filter tank (I think it's called) was cracked, so tomorrow I'm gonna get a new a new one.
    Maybe if I'm lucky, when I get the sand all put in and tank attached, all the gunk will have sunk to the bottom and I can vacuum it out! Lol
    I don't have any accurate current test results right now because I've been shocking the heck out of it trying to get it to some level of clarity. Lol
    I know the Cl level has been bouncing between 6 and 22.

    That's what it took to kill this stuff! Lol When I took the cover off, I couldn't see my hand six inches under!
    Thank you for all y'alls help!

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    Re: How to get algea off the top

    Mmmm, tasty! You'll be swimming in that pretty soon.
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    Re: How to get algea off the top

    Have you read the SLAM procedure outline mentioned above?
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    Re: How to get algea off the top

    Yeah, I went through slam and used the pool math calculator, but it didn't help, so I got some "green to blue" stuff by hth and it cleared it up with two treatments.
    That was this afternoon after I finished vacuuming it again. Lol! I feel like all I really need to do now is balance it out and maintain. I tested it yesterday, and forgot about it today, but the levels are looking pretty good. I'll be swimming in it tomorrow! Lol

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    Re: How to get algea off the top

    I don't know what you consider "going through" a SLAM, but it wasn't the procedure we suggest if it didn't work. It works every time without fail if it's done correctly.
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