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  1. frustratedpoolmom

    Grayish Algae?

    Have you ordered your own kit yet? That is either dead algae or pollen that has settled on the bottom.
  2. frustratedpoolmom

    Algae Help!!!

    These are not kits you can buy in stores, just to be clear. Stay away from granules. First, they are not "stronger" than liquid chlorine, second they add other things to your pool that you may not want. Stick to liquid :) and follow the advice of TFP, the Pool Store is giving you bad advice.
  3. frustratedpoolmom

    Swamp to Oasis Photo Journal

    Exactly... and BTW, I was taught by the best! :)
  4. frustratedpoolmom

    Swamp to Oasis Photo Journal

    Probably a lot! Unfortunately the pool owner had already been pool stored twice by 2 different pool companies. :( One told them their perfectly good sand filter HAD to be replaced (and put in a cartridge system - not what I would have recommended). The other told them they needed a super...
  5. frustratedpoolmom

    Unable to Kill Algae and Clear Pool

    If you keep your test kit indoors, the reagents will last you at least 2 seasons, especially with the XL version, which I think you need. Stop using granular products, and pool stores can not accurately test your water, especially CYA, indoors, via computer. Use only liquid chlorine to shock...
  6. frustratedpoolmom

    Swamp to Oasis Photo Journal

    This is my most recent swamp to oasis photo journal. Pool had 12ppm+ Ammonia, 40,000 gallon pool and we used 60 gallons of liquid, 2 gallons of muratic acid and 16lbs of Stabilizer. 2 submersible pumps were used during the shock process. BEFORE: Oxidation begins - about 1 hour into...
  7. frustratedpoolmom

    Black dusty looking spots, help!

    If it's organic, a few minutes will fade the spots. Now, on to those test results.... they are from a pool store, and unfortunately pool stores are notoriously inaccurate. I suggest you order the TF-100 or the Taylor K2006. Take control of your pool by testing yourself and you will be alot...
  8. frustratedpoolmom

    Black dusty looking spots, help!

    Do not buy or use any more "black algae treatment" for any reason even if you think you have Black Algae again. Just use chlorine and brush the heck out of it. Chlorine is all you need. :) Now, it sounds like organic stains, probably from not enough chlorine. If you have any chlorine...
  9. frustratedpoolmom


    You sure its not pollen or some kind of iron issue?
  10. frustratedpoolmom

    opening pool and the water is black - HELP

    Sounds like the fingers are clogged. I would first suggest you soak it in a powder dishwasher solution overnight. Then soak in a diluted muratic acid solution. See instructions in pool school. The fingers should come out looking a lot whiter. Dropbox - 2013-05-14 14.00.38.jpg Dropbox -...
  11. frustratedpoolmom

    opening pool and the water is black - HELP

    That's what I was afraid of. Ugh, I do not understand why that filter was designed the way it was. A multiport valve makes things so much easier. It can't hurt to check on renting a sub pump - but you seem to have made a lot of progress manually. The other thing to consider is you'll have...
  12. frustratedpoolmom

    opening pool and the water is black - HELP

    What kind of DE filter is it? Grid or Fingers? If you have a multiport valve, set it to "recirculate" while you kill the algae, hold off on actually filtering. As the algae dies, it will sink to the bottom and then you can vacuum to waste and not deal with a clogging DE filter which will...
  13. frustratedpoolmom

    Help, never had this problem before...

    What is the active ingredient in the "bucket of shock". I suggest you put the bucket of tabs in a dark, dry/temp controlled storage place for another day, unless you have plenty of ph/alk increasing products on hand. I understand wanting to use up what you have, as I live on a strict budget...
  14. frustratedpoolmom

    Help, never had this problem before...

    Baking soda does not raise pH that much. This is why you need your own kit :) One tip for you: Baking soda raises ALK and affects pH a little Washing soda raises both, but more so the ALK Borax raises pH with little affect on ALK Use the PoolMath calculator, go to the bottom, and play with...
  15. frustratedpoolmom

    Day 5 of SLAM

    So I have a question to try to confirm your information... In the evening, you are adding chlorine, waiting an hour or so and testing your FC level, to determine your overnight free chlorine loss? Are you testing it or just targeting a level? I'm only asking because I've seen cases where folks...
  16. frustratedpoolmom

    Black algae on a vinyl liner?

    Search the forum for getting a test kit in Canada. Its tricky but I believe it can still be done. That is not black algae. I promise you. I've cared for hundreds of liner pools in every state of condition and not one has had black algae. - - - Updated - - - IMHO, I'm going to assume it's...
  17. frustratedpoolmom

    Algae and Timing of Filter Cleaning

    For future reference, my technique for killing algae with Cartridge Filters and DE Filters that do not have a multiport valve is this: Use a submersible pump to circulate and add chems. Live algae will clog any filter faster than dead algae. Live algae just about ruins a cartridge filter...
  18. frustratedpoolmom

    I've Failed - Black Algae - Clear Water

    Great update! :) Thanks for sharing!
  19. frustratedpoolmom

    Algae and Filter is Offline

    Yes! :) Cheers, go lounge in your hard work!
  20. frustratedpoolmom

    Black Algae Battle

    A pic would be good. But yes, you have to brush to knock of the outer shell/head which is resistant to chlorine. Brushing is key...
  21. frustratedpoolmom

    Purple Rain

    maganese issues wouldn't show up like that that fast - I've never heard of a "purple algae". I recall once seeing some pinkish/purple looking stuff in my pool (years ago, before TFP ) but shocking/proper chemistry took care of it. Is the water purple? Or your seeing stuff on the bottom or...
  22. frustratedpoolmom

    I've Failed - Black Algae - Clear Water

    The CYA test only goes to 100... so it was probably much higher. When I joined TFP mine was 140 (I used the dilution method to determine this). It took me 3 partial drains to get down to 70. You can do another partial drain and refill, otherwise your SLAM level is around 40ppm. That's alot...
  23. frustratedpoolmom

    I've Failed - Black Algae - Clear Water

    Brushing is key... brush, brush, brush! Maintain a slightly elevated chlorine level for a month or so as well. CAM00102 by Annie, on Flickr After: CAM00106 by Annie, on Flickr - - - Updated - - - Yes, change your goal to 24
  24. frustratedpoolmom

    Do you think I have Mustard Algae

    What you are describing does not sound like mustard algae at all. Hang in there :)
  25. frustratedpoolmom

    I Made a Mess out of my SLAM. Need advice

    I have never seen CYA behave that way but I suppose anything is possible? I love your attitude :) Hang in there!
  26. frustratedpoolmom

    Low pH cause cloudiness?

    Takes awhile. (to cause damage from low PH). How long has it been low that you know of? The cloudiness is from the filter system. Inadequate to clear up a swamp pool. Replacing the cartridges (not rinsing or reusing) is virtually the only way I'm aware of. I 2nd the advice to upgrade.
  27. frustratedpoolmom

    I Made a Mess out of my SLAM. Need advice

    My reasoning is this, I don't believe your CYA if you had that level of "45" converted to ammonia WHILE adding chlorine because if that were the case, you would not see the high FC levels you reported. You would only see high CC levels, and a FC of less than 1. That's just the way the tests...
  28. frustratedpoolmom

    3 weeks of but cloudy

    Have you tried the "DE in the sand filter" trick? Let me know if you have not tried it and not heard of it. I'm assuming it's still in Pool School.
  29. frustratedpoolmom

    I Made a Mess out of my SLAM. Need advice

    I've never lost CYA while shocking pools. I've oxidized millions of gallons of ammonia... Algae, of every type ALWAYS, ALWAYS BRUSHES OFF. Black Algae is unheard of in vinyl liner pools. It can grow in the gasket/stair strips by the stairs in some pools if the stairs are fiberglass, for...