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    Transitioning from SWG to chlorine

    This is our 7th summer in our pool and our salt cell is finally biting the dust. I don't really want to shell out the money for a new one right now, going to give it a try just using tablets and liquid chlorine this summer. Since I opened the pool as a SWG, I want to make sure I'm doing okay with the chemicals. Here are my test results from this morning:

    FC: 6
    pH: 7.3
    Alk: 100
    CH: 220
    CYA 70

    The water temp is around 78. The water looks really great. On my little Taylor chart thingy, it says the saturation index is -.3. This is new, it's usually closer to 0 or .2.

    Anything I should adjust?

    Thanks!
    26,000 gal In ground pool. Black pebble tech finish, lots of natural rock on pool deck w/waterfall. SWG. 2 speed Jandy pump, 4 cartridge filter. Built in 2009.

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    Re: Transitioning from SWG to chlorine

    With a CYA that high, you can not afford to use any trichlor tablets or dichlor powder and must stick to bleach.

    There is really nothing special you need to do to start using bleach instead of the SWG. Just maintain the higher appropriate FC level for your CYA based on the non-SWG chart: FC/CYA Chart

    Your CSI is a little low (although still in range) because your CH and pH are on the low side. Just let the pH come up a little bit.
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    Re: Transitioning from SWG to chlorine

    You're OK. Do NOT use tabs. Your CYA is a little too high for a manually chlorinated pool and the Tabs will makew it worse. You should use liquid chlorine(or bleach) exclusively.

    If you keep your parameters within the suggested guidelines here on TFP (Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry), you do not have to calculate CSI.
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    Re: Transitioning from SWG to chlorine

    So I'm pretty much tied to testing my chemicals daily then? Or close to it at least, I guess. Any advice on routine to keep from getting algae?

    Once my CYA gets down lower into a more acceptable range, is the best way to go to tabs?
    26,000 gal In ground pool. Black pebble tech finish, lots of natural rock on pool deck w/waterfall. SWG. 2 speed Jandy pump, 4 cartridge filter. Built in 2009.

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    Re: Transitioning from SWG to chlorine

    If you will keep your FC within ranges of teh FC/CYA chart, you will not get algae.
    Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart

    Its never best to go with tabs as your main source of FC. If you dont use the SWG, then you will have to daily test and add liquid chlorine.

    For every 10ppm of FC Trichlor tabs add, they also add 6ppm of CYA. the FC depletes realatively quickly. The CYA does not deplete. So, over time the CYA climbs and climbs and climbs, until eventually, the FC cannot keep up. Eventually, you will have to drain the pool to get the CYA down. And since you're in California... .you will be in bad shape.....
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