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  1. pookiesunshine

    A few questions about converting

    It will likely postpone your headaches, but the "problems" will come back. I mentioned this is in a reply on one of your other topics. I switched from DE to sand early on in my baqua adventures.
  2. pookiesunshine

    Conversion

    Agree with your suggestion. I definitely would have done so if i knew then what i know now.
  3. pookiesunshine

    For anyone wanting to successfully use baquacil....

    no. nor alkalinity. IF i use algaecide, that would be one, but i dont normally use it.
  4. pookiesunshine

    Might it be worth it to try "Baquacil Line Clean"? I just don't understand why my starting pressure is so high....

    If you are concerned about economics, it is way cheaper than pool store brand chemicals. If you are concerned about needing massive quantities due to concentration, dont be. If i have misunderstood, it wont be my last time.
  5. pookiesunshine

    Might it be worth it to try "Baquacil Line Clean"? I just don't understand why my starting pressure is so high....

    @anthony, as i recall, somewhat vaguely, my wwm/slime problems started about 15 years in, and i have no idea why it started, but once it did....
  6. pookiesunshine

    For anyone wanting to successfully use baquacil....

    I started under the old, pre-CDX system and switched to CDX when i started having mold/slime problems. I used their basic algicide, filter cleaner, floc (i added some to the skimmer after backwashing as it seemed to help, or at least didn't hurt), Line Clean for mold/slime. By the time i became...
  7. pookiesunshine

    For anyone wanting to successfully use baquacil....

    I try NOT to taste pool water. lol
  8. pookiesunshine

    For anyone wanting to successfully use baquacil....

    @anthony, my initial decision to use baq was based on less work involved. test/treat once a week vs daily chlorine (SWCG's were not common at that time). I still dont have SWCG but might before too long. Baq is definitely more expensive. I had no problem with water feel/smell....until wmd/pink...
  9. pookiesunshine

    Might it be worth it to try "Baquacil Line Clean"? I just don't understand why my starting pressure is so high....

    @anthony, several more comments in no direct order: 1. Switching to sand filter will likely be a short term improvement. i had mold/slime after switching to sand. 2. Have you chemically cleaned your DE filter grids? I had the old style tentacles/fingers and after multiple power washes they would...
  10. pookiesunshine

    For those who have converted - I want to know if there is any chlorine odor or dry feeling on the skin after swimming

    Anthony, my experiences with WWM were in the return lines, not on the pool walls. I could see the flakes coming out the returns. In fact, the year i converted, I still found some WWM coming out the lines, so I went into a line clean operation to get rid of it. I isolated the return lines by...
  11. pookiesunshine

    For those who have converted - I want to know if there is any chlorine odor or dry feeling on the skin after swimming

    I was going to disagree respectfully w/Leebo and say the size and being on CDX make draining even more attractive, then i saw your comment about being on a well, so, well, forget it. :cool:
  12. pookiesunshine

    Can't maintain FC post Baquacil conversion

    If you drained down to 18 in and refilled, i'm guessing you diluted cya and any residual baquacil by half or a little more. Have you measured cya after the drain/refill just to confirm what it is now? great that your water is clear, maybe you have something in your plumbing that is eating...
  13. pookiesunshine

    Converting from baquacil and confused about the chlorine test... Please help!

    Have you considered partial drain/refill(s)? I'm not familiar with cartridge filters but from what i can see it appears that you do not have the ability to bypass the filter or vacuum to waste, correct? Seems odd that the filter pressure would drop, it should increase from filtering the goo...
  14. pookiesunshine

    Opening up early to get conversion started

    good to know, i could not find that. also, remember the copper tested at zero. the two most common baquacil algicides do not show copper as a component.
  15. pookiesunshine

    Opening up early to get conversion started

    I never used that particular algicide so i dont know, but as you still have some, an experiment might help determine if zinc is what is turning the chlorinated water green. I could not find any reference for what effect on color zinc might have. My hypothesis is yes..
  16. pookiesunshine

    Opening up early to get conversion started

    i would use both main and skimmer; big thing is to recirculate, NOT filter. Also consider using hairnets in the skimmer instead of socks so you can discard rather than try to reuse. And vacuum to waste as much of the settled goo as possible. good luck.
  17. pookiesunshine

    Baquacil to SWG with Frog Cycler Conversion

    I wouldn't worry about purposely RAISING TA just to get it to a range, I would focus on getting the pH right-without getting TA too high. Seems like pools tend to have their own favorite pH/TA levels. Last year mine was happy around pH 7.4 and TA 50.
  18. pookiesunshine

    Baquacil to SWG with Frog Cycler Conversion

    Definitely wait until converted before adding the SWCG. I think i used some Potassium monopersulfate initially when i converted, but i would not do it again, not necessary. You should also check Menards for liquid chlorine. they have bogo sales in spring and midsummer. really good deals. just be...
  19. pookiesunshine

    Converting from Baquacil to Chlorine in Mass.

    Congratulations on your conversion!
  20. pookiesunshine

    Why convert?

    When i got my pool i started on baquacil as recommended by the installer. i really liked the less frequent attendance required, as you mentioned. worked well for many years. then the white mold/pink slime started. as long you dont mind spending the extra money for chemicals and dont have any...
  21. pookiesunshine

    My baqua to saltwater conversion for an above ground 13k gallon pool

    the water exchange would have worked great before, now not sure how close you are. are you still seeing a color change when you add bleach? if so, you still have a way to go and might consider water exchange. be sure you are vacuuming the goo on the bottom to waste, not to filter. in fact, if...
  22. pookiesunshine

    Baqua Green Pool

    Cross, that sounds unusual to me. i was using baquacil for a long time and never had problems with green algae. it was white mold and pink slime. their regimen calls for weekly dosages to minimize effort. seems strange that it could get out of hand that fast. i agree with others here that it...
  23. pookiesunshine

    Baquacil - New Pool, Different Response

    not sure about what difference the wall material might be, but the autocover may have something to do with it if you leave it covered a lot. Pink slime and white mold seem to like dark places. When i experienced white mold, it always seemed to be in my return lines or the bottom of the weir...
  24. pookiesunshine

    Need help with Conversion (Baquacil to Chlorine)

    Hey, Dan, welcome. you didn't say anything about how you were vacuuming the goo/backwashing the filter. If you vacuumed to the filter instead of to waste, no wonder it is gooey. Sounds like most of the gooey part is done if you are not getting any visible reaction when you add the chlorine to...
  25. pookiesunshine

    Can hydrogen peroxide be added to the pool instead of Baquacil Oxidizer?

    Anthony, have you tried their Line Clean product treatment? That is what i used when i had pink slime rear it's ugly head. that lasted a while but...... i think it is the same chemical as mps or non-chlorine shock, but check for yourself, dont take my word. anyway, the treatment also requires...
  26. pookiesunshine

    Cannot hold Chlorine!

    OPB2, interesting. I did not come across the CDX chemgeek discussion when i was researching my conversion but wish i had. I had trouble meeting the OCLT during my conversion which i put down to white mold in my pipes. note that i also had to clean out a bunch of gunk in my light niche (hint for...
  27. pookiesunshine

    Here we go! Starting conversion from Baquacil -> Salt

    might be time for you to change your sand. Dont be discouraged by failing the OCLT. There may be some stuff lurking in lines too. CLOSE!
  28. pookiesunshine

    Changing over

    Perhaps someone more familiar with those will chime in, but i would first wash outside with bleach. if there are holes in them that allow pool water to enter, then you should clean the inside with bleach too. pool water looks great!