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    Major Mistake = Cloudy. Please Help.

    I was all ready to do some pool chemistry today after some major rainfall activity. I measured the following this morning:
    FC: 0
    TAC: 0
    Salt: 2400
    hardness: 250
    CYA: 0
    TA: 50
    ph: 8

    So, I INTENDED to first put in 15 pounds of sodium bicarbonate. However, instead I mistakenly grabbed the sodium carbonate and added 10 pounds of it directly to the pool, pretty much all at once and then 5 pounds of sodium bicarbonate (containers looked the same). I saw it starting to get cloudy, but I figured it would quickly go away. I then added the 10 pounds of remaining sodium bicarbonate.

    The pool is extremely cloudy.

    I went ahead 4 hours later and put in 120 lbs of salt. I have a sense-and-dispense acid system, and pH is solid at 7.6.

    The pool is as milky as can be. What should I do to overcome my mistake and get rid of the cloudiness?
    IG Pool Size: 24,000 gallons
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    Re: Major Mistake = Cloudy. Please Help.

    Something tells me some of our veterans will have some pointers, but after seeing your numbers I was curious why adding some chlorine and stabilizer wasn't #1 on your list. Perhaps your SWG is just kicking in, but it may take a while. The last few days in our area have been brutal, so you may very well want to get some liquid bleach in there right away so you don't end-up fighting algae soon, along with the chemical situation. Start at about 2 ppm per day until you start to see CYA go up. Speaking of CYA, you need stabilizer ASAP! Use poolmath to push that up to about 40 using the sock method.
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    Re: Major Mistake = Cloudy. Please Help.

    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Splash View Post
    Something tells me some of our veterans will have some pointers, but after seeing your numbers I was curious why adding some chlorine and stabilizer wasn't #1 on your list. Perhaps your SWG is just kicking in, but it may take a while. The last few days in our area have been brutal, so you may very well want to get some liquid bleach in there right away so you don't end-up fighting algae soon, along with the chemical situation. Start at about 2 ppm per day until you start to see CYA go up. Speaking of CYA, you need stabilizer ASAP! Use poolmath to push that up to about 40 using the sock method.
    Yes, I planned on addressing alkalinity first, and then I was going to add the salt and then the stabilizer (within the same afternoon). Unfortunately, I made the boneheaded mistake on the first step....
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    Re: Major Mistake = Cloudy. Please Help.

    You should always address PH and FC first. Don't worry about the TA.
    You will need to run pump 24/7 in filter mode.

    Lower PH to 7.2 using muratic acid.

    As for the cloudiness, I would bring FC to SLAM level and follow the SLAM process until you have clarity again.
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    Re: Major Mistake = Cloudy. Please Help.

    just go to pool math and lower your ph, may take several applications of muriatic acid as your ph is probably way past 8ppm
    if it was 8 before your oops moment
    with pump running add 187 ounces of acid to start, wait half hour and retest and add more if required
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