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    Need help with cloudy spa water; use BBB in above ground poo

    Re: Need help with cloudy spa water; use BBB in above ground Thanks Chem Geek. I'd never heard of biofilms in spas before, but it does make sense. I did some research. Thanks for the tips.
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    Need help with cloudy spa water; use BBB in above ground poo

    Hello, I haven't been here in over a year because my AGP is crystal clear all the time thanks to what I've learned here. Now, hopefully you can give me some advise for my spa. It has been full of water and covered for about a year :oops: I actually thought I had drained it. Anyway, I sucked...
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    New Homeowner - CLEAN POOL [back to shocking.]

    Re: New Homeowner - Green Pool [shock process: day 5] Do NOT give up. It took me awhile to get the hang of the drop test too. Now I can almost predict what it will be based on what I see in my pool. When the temps are triple digits I have to add about a half gallon of 10% chlorine to my pool...
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    Too much CYA

    Just found the link in your signature line Dave! Duh...you'd think I was a blonde or something.
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    Too much CYA

    Thanks! I drained 50% and shocked. My swamp cleared up literally overnight. Now my problem is that I lost my little CYA tube. Do you know how I can get another one? I can't find the "place" I bought my test kit from on here. Haven't been on much since two summers ago and I can't find my...
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    CYA levels are high

    I just did a 50% drain for the same reason. I shocked with 4 large bottle of bleach and my swam cleared up and turned blue literally over night. And it was really a swamp! You could not see the bottom or sides of the pool! It is amazing what bleach can do when CYA isn't TOO high. I'm in So...
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    Too much CYA

    I know the pucks have gotten my CYA levels too high. It is around 120. My pool is above ground and holds 10,000 gallons of water. Does anyone know how much I need to drain to get my CYA levels back in check? I'm draining it now and it is down about 8 inches. It is 13.5 x 27 feet. Also, if...
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    Where to buy refills for test kit

    I need to buy refills for my test kit, but I can't remember where to find it on this website...HELP, please :)
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    What is a safe level of chlorine to swim at with high CYA levels

    Re: What is a safe level of chlorine to swim at with high CYA le Thanks ladies/gents for your responses. I never thought to use the pool calculator to work backwards. I'll give it a try. My pucks are 8 oz. trichlors btw. Today my pool is beautiful sparkly clear since I shocked it with two...
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    What is a safe level of chlorine to swim at with high CYA levels

    Re: What is a safe level of chlorine to swim at with high CYA le Richard: Thanks for the info. I feel better now. Jason: So the kids can swim up to the shock level? That is like 40 ppm...really? Also, no one answered my question about how much CYA is in one of those 3" pucks. I appreciate...
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    What is a safe level of chlorine to swim at with high CYA levels

    Re: chlorine usage at different cya levels I just found the CYA/chlorine chart in someone else's signature line. I think that is a new chart- I don't remember it from last summer. I think I answered my own question, but any replies would still be appreciated. Thanks TFP for your existence!!!
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    What is a safe level of chlorine to swim at with high CYA levels

    I am probably supposed to start my own thread, but I had a very similar question about CYA/algae. Moderators please move me if necessary. Unfortunately, I was lazy and used the pucks for too long this past spring. I started with a CYA around 50-70 before the pucks. While I was out of town...
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    SPLASHER Owners - Has Your Pool Changed Shape?

    Our Super Splash pool sunk into the ground a few inches. We have sand under ours with astroturf on top of the sand. After a heavy rain, we noticed the rails were kind of wavy. I guess you could say it changed shape somewhat. Ours is 25.5'x13.5'. After 7 years, it doesn't surprise me that...
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    baquacil and cloudy water

    I'm not sure about what strips you are using that measure the shock/oxidizer levels. In CA I could never find strips to test that, only santizer, pH, total alkalinity; always had to take water to the pool store that is 8 miles away to get oxidizer levels checked- yet another reason I converted...
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    baquacil and cloudy water

    Did you use the baqua shock? Your level said 2 in your post. That is way too low. Use a full bottle of shock- the hydrogen peroxide shock, not chlorine based shock and run your filter for 24 hours. As said before, one time it took me three bottles of shock to clear the water. It should clear...
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    Just started a conversion last Sunday

    Post 4th of July party photos of converted pool. I just couldn't be happier. Thanks TFP :party:
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    Baquacil user - switching to Chorline

    :party: Way to go! Pretty pictures are worth a thousand words. Simply stunning!
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    baquacil and cloudy water

    I am now a baqu convert, but back in the day when I did use baquacil -when my pH was high, my water was also cloudy. Definitely do what Jason said and get your pH in the proper range, but then definitely use the baqua shock. One summer I had to use three gallons in one week to get my water...
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    Baquacil - Use and Conversion

    Hello there :wave: Don't give up. It took me three weeks to fully convert! I had a hard time holding FC overnight then one day it just magically happened. My pool looks amazing now. Just had a large 4th of July party with very nice clear water. My kids and I wanted to swim when the water...
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    Coming to "the Dark Side"!!

    poolmamma, Don't let your hubby get you down! :roll: Mine thought I was crazy too, but you should see our sparking water now. My conversion took me almost 3 weeks. When I was still working I could only get to shock level before work and before going to bed for 10 days. We just had a 4th...
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    Pool water safe to drink in emergencies?

    I've often thought of using pool water in emergency situations. We have horses, chickens, etc. that would still need water too. I always keep extra bleach on hand to sanitize the water in case of an emergency. Worst case, if you have wood, can build a fire and boil at least you would have...
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    Baquacil user - switching to Chorline

    Hi rogerhst! Nice photo. It will be fun to look back on once your pool is sparkly blue again. I didn't get the gunk floating on top like that, but you will need lots more bleach! Stock up now, it is easier than running back and forth to the store everyday. I was buying 8-10 bottles...
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    Is 10ppm FC safe to swim in?

    chemgeek, Thanks for that detailed explanation. I got a degree in biology and took a fair amount of chemistry in college, but pool chemistry still baffles me at times. If I am understanding you correctly, it depends upon your CYA level as to what a safe FC swimming level truly is. I always...
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    Is 10ppm FC safe to swim in?

    I saw your question and in CA we get our 10% as chlorine at Lowe's. I can't find 12.5% here and was wondering where everyone on the forum gets that. rbdeli, I've had the same question about swimming at FC 10 and haven't gotten an answer yet. Hopefully we will get an answer to that question...
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    Bromine spa and chlorine pool- conflict?

    I was just reading another's post about shocking a bromine based spa. I know, I've been pool stored before, but I used to use a bromine floater with tabs (for 3 years), but the guy at the pool store( last summer) said I would be better off using granular bromine that can be used before...
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    Old Baqua algecide with the BBB

    I understand that algecide is really more of an algistat. When I go on vacation and use the pucks in my pool because no one can come over and put bleach in my pool, could I or should I add algecide to prevent algae as well as shock before leaving and putting two floaters in my pool. I would...
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    Just started a conversion last Sunday

    Not much irritates this group. We were out building a paver patio pad all day. My poor hubby is still sawing bricks/pavers. What a way to spend Father's Day! It is productive though. CC of 1 probably wouldn't bother any of them, but I don't know. My parents have had a pool for 30 years...
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    Just started a conversion last Sunday

    Jason, Thank you for responding quickly. It used up about half of one puck. I still have the leftover half in the floater. It is behind our swing in the corner of the yard so I had completely forgotten about it until re-reading your advise the morning. I will try the higher shock level...
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    Just started a conversion last Sunday

    Thanks frustrated pool mom. I still have a question...see below. Please and thank you as my college age daughter would say. We haven't even put our ladder in yet this year and my sides are pretty straight forward to brush so no, that isn't really an issue. I know someone else on the forum was...