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    Controlling Green Algae

    There's no need to test phosphates. Just add a couple of ounces of SeaKlear or Orenda a couple of times a year when you're going to clean the pool filter. Once the phosphates come out in solution, just vacuum them up and clean the pool filter. It's a very cheap and simple process; easier than...
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    Ph accuracy with low water temp

    All, thanks for the clarification on pH and water temp.
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    Controlling Green Algae

    Alex, it's already been mentioned that the pucks are raising your CYA. In addition, that CalHypo is raising your CH. Get it too high and you'll start getting a calcium ring form around your pool's waterline. So you're getting two longer term problems - high CYA and high CH. The only way to...
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    What's your current pool temp?

    I heated ours up to 87 for the children who were visiting us this last week. They left last night. The high was low 90s (lows in low 70s) over the weekend and our pool is currently 83. I'll keep warming it for swimming until my next trip out of town. The highs here are dropping back down to...
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    Ph accuracy with low water temp

    I've noticed different pH readings with cold water vs when I bring the water inside and get it up to room temperature. And this chemistry forum indicates that pH declines at higher temperatures: Temperature Dependence of the pH of pure Water Note that the pH of pure water at 10C (50F) is 7.27...
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    New Pool Owner

    LOL! That's funny because I also ignore the 'turn over the pool twice daily' rule. I've also found it to be overkill, but I wasn't sure of current thinking on how much to turn over pool water. In the OP's case (swimmerpool), his daily run time is likely to be determined by how long he needs...
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    Pool use vs SWG level?

    That's why I suspect Tegguy's bubble problems are just the SWG running. I hadn't noticed the amount of bubbles in my pool either, but that's because I rarely run the SWG at 100% output and low pump speeds. My pump speed has historically been rather high so that the floor jets stir up the water...
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    New Pool very hard water...

    Yes; not a problem to swim in the pool with a high TA. Just keep the other pool chemistry as close to balanced as you can. Once you get the TA down and SWG % output set to keep your chlorine level stable, your pool won't require much work other than regularly adding muriatic acid to lower the pH.
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    New Pool Owner

    You're going to want to put all of your pool details in your signature block. Speed to run your pool and spa ... check your SWG's manual (you didn't list the details on your SWG). For Pentairs, the manual states that the minimum flow is supposed to be a minimum of 25GPM. I don't know what RPM...
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    Pool use vs SWG level?

    You're talking about air bubbles you can see through those plastic covers? Sometimes I've had bubbles there and sometimes I haven't- since day 1 of my system operating. I've never really watched them; their presence has never negatively impacted my pool. Did you turn off your SWG for a period...
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    What did you do to your pool today?

    I added a second bag of salt to my pool today. I added one a couple of days ago but the salt was still reading a little low. That's the first salt that I've added since the initial salt when the pool was built in Aug 2018. We've got several children visiting right now and are getting a lot of...
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    Pool use vs SWG level?

    This is a great post. Tegguy, be prepared to tweak your SWG % output quite a bit until you've got it dialed in. Even at that, any change in the pool will cause you to change % output. In my case, I live in Las Vegas but my pool has an electric cover on it so the water's usually not exposed to...
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    Pool use vs SWG level?

    Tegguy, as others have stated, your SWG has a 10K hour life. You can run it 100% for 24 hrs = 24 hrs of use 50% for 24 hrs = 12 hrs of use or any other combination of % and run time. It doesn't matter if you use it 100% x 6hrs or 25% x 24 hrs, they're both using up 6 hrs of your SWG's life...
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    Phosphates - to treat or not?

    There are more than a few posts out there from people with SWGs that stopped working. After lowering the phosphates in their pools, the SWGs started working again. There are a lot of articles out there about phosphates and SWGs. Here is a nontechnical one: You are being redirected... There...
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    Bubbles from my return jets?

    How many bubbles? How big are the bubbles? I've got a SWG and I can see very tiny bubbles coming out of a return line when the SWG is running. This is because when SWGs are running, bubbles are created in the process (google SWG bubbles if you want to know more). Edit: I'm currently running...