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  1. domct203

    Baquacil Side Discussion

    +1 The number 1 reason for algae, mold, slime, what-have-you, is improper sanitizer levels. It just seems that Baqa is more difficult to manage. I think the drawback to Baqa is having to manage sanitizer and oxidizer separately. Chlorine takes care of both, efficiently and economically.
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    Converting after following terrible advice

    Yea, leebo’s post before the OP’s reply threw me off, I need to read back a bit again I guess.
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    Converting after following terrible advice

    Save your pH reagent, with your FC above 10 the pH is not accurate. Also, why did you dose so far above 15ppm? You are definitely close, keep at it! Happy Easter!
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    Converting after following terrible advice

    In a pool your size that’s probably about 1.5% of the pool volume. As an example, a 40 ft x 20 ft x 66 inch deep pool holds about 33K gallons. One inch of depth is approx 500 gallons (33000/66), or about 1.5% (500/33000). That 1.5% added to the total volume will be negligible. Keep up the...
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    Converting after following terrible advice

    That pool is looking awesome! Losing only 1.5ppm of FC overnight is very encouraging. Great job so far!!
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    Converting after following terrible advice

    You should be maintaining a continuous FC of 15ppm the best you can. Any time the FC goes below 15ppm the process slows. [edit to correct content]
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    Converting after following terrible advice

    I believe that is correct, they are both Polyaminopropyl Biguanide. http://www.poolcenter.com/images/pdf/MP_9903/Aqua%20Silk%20Sanitizer%20MSDS.pdf
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    Converting after following terrible advice

    Unfortunately that was more bad advise. The chlorine you added will be rapidly consumed from oxidizing the Baqa. If the bags of shock where Trichlor or dichlor that added CYA, making the chlorine you added even less effective at destroying the Baqa. Well luckily that is all in the past. You’re...
  9. domct203

    Converting after following terrible advice

    I'm far from a Baqua conversion expert, but I think that the 50ppm of CYA is going to make your conversion difficult. Can the pool pass an ? Dom
  10. domct203

    Baquacil Side Discussion

    I see the same. Oxidizer, sanitizer, algaecide, etc., and an expensive test kit. My SWG pool is about as easy as it could get.
  11. domct203

    Baquacil Side Discussion

    Re: So what is a Bacquacil? Holy cow! I spent less than $70 on chlorine last year. This year I switched to a SWG, and only spent about $20 on chlorine before I setup the SWG, and about $30 in salt.
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    Baquacil Side Discussion

    Re: So what is a Bacquacil? Man, I give you a lot of credit... I would have dumped the Baqa a long time ago. Do me a favor, track your chemical spending next season, everyone says how expensive Baqa is, I'm curious to see that.
  13. domct203

    So what is a Bacquacil?

    The Baquacil system is very expensive compared to chlorine, not to mention the issues associated with it.
  14. domct203

    Baquacil Change Over

    Whoo Hoo! Way to go!
  15. domct203

    Baquacil Change Over

    Have you passed an OCLT? According to the conversion instructions, you don't change the sand until you do.
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    Can I just empty the pool and refill it for a fresh start?

    Be cautious about completely draining a liner pool, the liner could quickly shrink. Depending on the age and condition of the liner you could end up with a bunch of wrinkles on the bottom, a liner that pops out of a bead receiver, or tearing of a brittle liner as it tries to stretch back. We...
  17. domct203

    Baquacil Change Over

    Welcome to the forum! The sand will need to be changed as it will become a sticky gooey mess. There are no pool-safe chemicals that I know of that will properly clean that sand, and if there is, it would most likely cost more than the new sand. Be sure to follow the conversion process 100% to...
  18. domct203

    To convert or not to convert

    Welcome to the forum. Here at TFP we recommend using liquid chlorine, aka bleach, for daily chlorination as it adds nothing but chlorine and a very small amount of salt (all chlorine adds salt). Trichlor tablets also add stabilizer (CYA), which will build up over time and require higher and...
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    Is pink slime and white water mold a problem in chlorine pools also?

    I think you should do a bit of soul searching, and reflect on how much time and money you have put into a barely swimmable pool, with no apparent end in sight. While the conversion is a lot of time up front, once it is complete you'll be enjoying that pool more often than not. I'll give you a...
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    Is pink slime and white water mold a problem in chlorine pools also?

    Same here, in the past three seasons here at TFP I've never read about a chlorine pool with pink slime or water mold.
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    Why the problem with green water for many of those doing the conversion?

    And Matt drives it home...... I could never understand how Baqua products ever got started....... "Let's see mister pool shopper, we have two choices for you as far as water sanitation. First up, chlorine, the sanitizer chosen the world over to keep drinking water safe for consumption. Next is...
  22. domct203

    Unusual amount of foam in the pool

    Sorry, I didn't realize that this was a Baquacil pool.
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    Anyone else having trouble getting their water cleared up?

    Rain will have very little impact on proper water chemistry, well as long as it's not a monsoon that overflows the pool for an hour LOL. This sounds like a chemistry issue. Can you post a resent set of test results including: FC CC pH TA CYA
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    Unusual amount of foam in the pool

    I suggest you stop using algaecide. What type of algaecide was it, and why do you feel you need to use it?
  25. domct203

    Opened this year with a switch Chlorine

    I asked this earlier in the thread but perhaps you missed it. Have you been experiencing a high chlorine demand since you opened? I'm a bit south of you in New Haven CT, and throughout May I only lost 1-2ppm of chlorine a day with pool temps in the low to mid 60's (I broke 70F May 25). Our...
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    Opened this year with a switch Chlorine

    Have you been experiencing a high chlorine demand since opening? What has been the avg daily FC ppm loss since you opened? Dom