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    Black particles in water

    My readings this morning: FC 3 pH 7.8 TA 80 CH 250 CYA 60 Salt 3100 Water Temp 86 CSI -0.07 Water is clear. Pool looks good. Working on getting the CYA and FC up alittle more. However, when I go to either skimmer I find the black particles in the attached picture. Any idea what this is?
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    Pool will not hold chlorine

    Thanks Pool Gate. I appreciate the comments. I think you are right that my chlorine output is not sufficient. I will consider adjusting % and time going forward. Updated: So yesterday we had some pretty good thunderstorms both during the afternoon and evening. Tested FC and pH again. 9 PM...
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    Pool will not hold chlorine

    In past years, I have kept my chlorine at 4-6 range and run SWG between 50-70% for 8-10 hours. Never had issues. Crystal clear water, chlorine level maintained (once I acheived the initial balance for the season). 8-9 chlorine seems high. Not sure on the SWG. cell and contacts were cleaned...
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    Pool will not hold chlorine

    Went away for almost a week and came back to 0 chlorine. Has been that way for several days. Tried adding bleach - no luck Tried boosting the SWG (100% for 24 hrs) - no luck My readings this AM: FC - 0 pH - 8.2 TA - 90 CH - 300 CYA - 45 Salt - 3100 SWG runs at 55% for 8 hours per day (8:15 -...
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    white particle on bottom of pool

    Mknauss hit the nail on the head. The cell had built up a considerable amount of calcium on it that I noticed when I opened the pool this year and inspected the cell. The flakes were what I was seeing in the pool at times. Cleaned the cell with diluted muriactic acid and everything appears to...
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    Pool filter basket discoloration

    Giving this some more thought ... my neighbor has many pine trees that line our property line. The majority end up in my pool, heaviest during the early Spring and late Fall, but windy enough in our area that I get them throughout the season. Beginning and end of season my skimmer baskets and...
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    white particle on bottom of pool

    Marty, So that white particle is calcium? When you say "to keep scale from forming on my SWCG" how are you determining that it has scale on it (opening it up and conducting a visual inspection)? Thx.
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    Salt Level Accuracy

    Which would you trust? SWG generator digital display or salt test strip from Aquacheck? Fairly large range between the two: SWG - 4100 Aquacheck test strip - 3110
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    white particle on bottom of pool

    Thank you for the replies. Two notes: 1) I removed the mineral cartridge from the Fusion Soft last week based on my research on TFP. Last year (and first year) ran SWG with mineral cartridge the entire season. This year the SWG ran for about 4 weeks at start of season without mineral...
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    white particle on bottom of pool

    Yes, you can break it apart. This is one of the bigger pieces. I would say it is alittle smaller than the size of an eraser on a standard #2 pencil. I put it in a measuring cup and then added some MA to the cup. It sizzled like a piece of bacon and dissolved completely after about 20 seconds.
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    white particle on bottom of pool

    attaching pic - 2nd attempt. :)
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    white particle on bottom of pool

    Our plaster has flecks of color and it seems like the white flecks in the plaster are becoming more visibly pronounced. No noticeable impact if brushed but I am noticing white particles occasionally on the bottom of the pool. Not a lot of them. Any ideas what this might be? All pool testing...
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    Pool filter basket discoloration

    Any idea what could be causing the discoloration of my pool filter basket? 3 year old pool. Never had any significant issues. Water almost always looks clear. No out of whack testing this year (or any year for that matter). Thx.
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    TFP parameters vs SWG manufacturer's parameters

    Thank you for the replies. I will put my faith in TFP and stick to their recommendations. Interesting position on the Nature Fusion Soft Maddie. Not sure I can bring myself to "ditch it" but I did decide to remove the cartridge after reading more about it based on your post - thank you. I...
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    Pool Reagents

    I purchased the Home Depot HDX kit when I was a newbie (didn't know any better). After finding TFP, I saw the light and purchased a TF-100 test kit. Thx TFP! Question - are any of the chemicals in the HDX set the same as the ones in the TF-100? Can you use them interchangeably with the...