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  1. Texas Splash

    Spring conversion from Baquacil planned, how should I close my pool?

    Welcome to TFP! :wave: My gut also tells me adding more baqua or CDX products aren't really going to help things later. But let's ping @Leebo who had a baqua pool and is from your neck of the woods to see what he recommends.
  2. Texas Splash

    Opening up early to get conversion started

    Absolutely! Enjoy. :swim:
  3. Texas Splash

    Opening up early to get conversion started

    Now THAT's what we like to see. :goodjob: Congrats on all your hard work. It paid-off. Looks fabulous.
  4. Texas Splash

    Opening up early to get conversion started

    Looking much better! With the pump running again, it's time to grab a water sample and make your normal TFP adjustments as necessary. New water won't have any CYA, so you can expect that to be zero. But use the APP to help you keep everything at the proper level. The levels link is in my sig...
  5. Texas Splash

    Opening up early to get conversion started

    Can't wait to see that picture tomorrow. Be ready to re-balance first thing. Have a nice evening. :cheers:
  6. Texas Splash

    Opening up early to get conversion started

    You're on your way. :goodjob: Maybe it's just my imagination, but the pool looked less green after you removed the first half of water.
  7. Texas Splash

    Opening up early to get conversion started

    I suspect once you start refilling, you will see a major difference in the water. But about the sand .... when you open the filter to remove the old Baqua sand and clean the filter, pull those laterals out and inspect them carefully. Make sure you don't have a cracked/separated lateral, hub...
  8. Texas Splash

    Opening up early to get conversion started

    I'm not all that confident of that store's testing. That's why in most cases we ignore them totally. Once in a while they pick-up trace amounts of metals, or in your case Baqua, but there's no guarantee. But by passing the OCLT as you noted, the Baqua conversion is just about complete. Now...
  9. Texas Splash

    Opening up early to get conversion started

    Hunter, we've been going over your notes, with several folks analyzing everything. Remember that the pool store testing above is questionable because chlorine, especially unbuffered chlorine at this level without CYA, is exceptionally strong and can skew those results. No doubt something...
  10. Texas Splash

    Opening up early to get conversion started

    Hunter, I have a bad feeling about the historical use of those chemicals. That's something we would've had no idea about at the beginning of this Baqua conversion. One of those unfortunate "unknowns". Lee and Donaldson may have other thoughts, but my gut tells me that the repetitive use of...
  11. Texas Splash

    Opening up early to get conversion started

    Unfortunately, those results could be skewed (for metals) simply because of all the other product in the water already. The color is what is most important now. But we'll see. Lee is our Baqua expert having done some himself. But with all the conversion we've seen, I don't recall seeing a...
  12. Texas Splash

    Opening up early to get conversion started

    Big difference. Sure looks like some metals got in that water since lat year. @Leebo and @Donldson, thoughts? With water clear, and going this long, do you think it's time to purge the filter? I'm not seeing goo anywhere. Maybe shift the focus on the potential for iron/copper based on that...
  13. Texas Splash

    Opening up early to get conversion started

    I'm glad Lee saw this today and replied. I would like one more set of eyes about the color though - @Donldson, does that color tint look suspicious to you?
  14. Texas Splash

    Opening up early to get conversion started

    Well, chlorine can interfere with metals testing, but if you are able with this whole COVID mess, grab a sample of water from both the pool and the source and have them tested. I'd be very curious to see if they show an elevated metal content. I'm guessing as a previous Baquacil user, you...
  15. Texas Splash

    Opening up early to get conversion started

    Hunter, I know the Baqa conversion process can be tricky, exhausting, etc, but I don't recall if we asked this earlier in your thread. Have you ever had your water tested for metals (iron or copper)? You're not on a well are you? In this image, I see the reflection of the trees, but aside...
  16. Texas Splash

    Opening up early to get conversion started

    Progress is good. :goodjob:
  17. Texas Splash

    Opening up early to get conversion started

    Hunter, if you order the FAS-DPD your 2005 kit essentially becomes a 2006. Welcome to the forum. :wave:
  18. Texas Splash

    Baquacil to SWG with Frog Cycler Conversion

    Looks stunning. Wonderful work! :goodjob: Enjoy your backyard oasis. :swim:
  19. Texas Splash

    New conversion

    Welcome to TFP! :wave: Glad to hear and see the conversion went well for you. A good testimonial to those who may follow. For those who are not aware, here are the instructions: https://www.troublefreepool.com/content/153-convert-your-baqua-baquacil-softswim-pool-to-chlorine Congrats again...
  20. Texas Splash

    Baquacil Allergy

    Never pour directly into the skimmer. Too strong for that location. Usually we advise to pour slowly near the return jet(s). For pools that have only one return jet or very limited pressure back to the pool, additional sweeping/brushing may be needed just to help the chlorine (bleach) move along.
  21. Texas Splash

    Chlorine conversion well underway!

    You're doing great! Nice progress and photos. :goodjob:
  22. Texas Splash

    Chlorine conversion well underway!

    Having the test kit in-hand will be the key. Good job on that for sure.
  23. Texas Splash

    WI - Want to convert to chlorine, but DE filter keeps clogging

    That's okay. Sometimes the chlorine works best at night with no competition to the sun. As to your questions... 1 - Years of experience and various pool testing under "normal" baquacil scenarios has shown that with no CYA (stabilizer) 15ppm is safe for the pool, liner (if applicable) and still...
  24. Texas Splash

    One week of bacquacil and want to convert!

    Since you added CDX, a healthy water exchange is in your best benefit. You will still need to follow the https://www.troublefreepool.com/content/153-convert-your-baqua-baquacil-softswim-pool-to-chlorine instructions, but it will help make the process much more efficient. You will have goop...
  25. Texas Splash

    WI - Want to convert to chlorine, but DE filter keeps clogging

    Definitely increase and maintain the FC at 15. It is tougher during the day since there is no stabilizer in the water, but it has to be that way. Regular bleach is still the best way to go.
  26. Texas Splash

    WI - Want to convert to chlorine, but DE filter keeps clogging

    Welcome! :wave: I have a couple things to note about your situation: 1 - Remove the chlorine tabs. You do not want any stabilzer in the water yet as it will make the conversion process more difficult right now. Stick to just regular bleach. 2 - As for the filter, you're kind of stuck. You...
  27. Texas Splash

    Baquacil Conversion in Maine

    Welcome! :wave: Here is the page you want to follow: Convert Your Baqua Pool to Chlorine - Trouble Free Pool Don't rush it or take any shortcuts to each step. As long as there are no stabilizer additives already added, the process should work for itself. Let us know if you have any...
  28. Texas Splash

    Baquacil Conversion in Maine

    Welcome to TFP! :wave: Definitely follow the advice of this page: Convert Your Baqua Pool to Chlorine - Trouble Free Pool . Don't rush any portion or step. It will work. Make sure you have a TF-100 on-hand before starting though. That's a must. Let us know if you have any questions.
  29. Texas Splash

    So Glad for this Site and Forum

    Congrats on the progress, and welcome! :wave: For now, simply stick to the Convert Your Baqua Pool to Chlorine - Trouble Free Pool page and you'll do fine. But be patient, consistent, and don't rush the process. Finish each step before you move forward. At some point, please include which...