Message subject: Re: Tiny little red wrigglies in Pool Sent: Fri May 01, 2009 10:22 pm
Thank you for your faith in me
and welcome to TFP!! You've found the right place to find out how to PROPERLY care for your pool
I seriously doubt you've done any harm to your pool nor equipment 8)
While I don't mind personal questions, I think it's best to put things on the forum - you'll get answers from more people (We all sometimes miss things and others may have a different way of doing things that might be more optimal in some situations
) Don't be afraid of asking questions on the forum! We all believe that NO pool question is undeserving of an answer and that NO question is 'silly' or 'dumb'
I'm going to copy this exchange and make a post of it on the forum so that others can add their $.02 -- If you have the question, someone else does and it'll be nice to have it in the forum's data bank 8)
Message subject: Re: Tiny little red wrigglies in Pool Sent: Fri May 01, 2009 9:53 pm
After reviewing several of your posts I decided to send you a SOS message.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
We have an INtex 16 X 42 in pool. ( it came with a home we recently purchased)
Being that I know NOTHING about pools I started to google how to maintain one and came across the Intex Saltwater generator and Filter pump. It looked much easier to maintain and less money in the long run so we purchased it. It took 10 days to arrive and I placed water in the pool on day 2- running the filter pump with no chemicals. We kept the pool covered some days- the water still looked ok but we did have some calcium on top ( scaling- I think it's called). Anyway, yesterday after hooking up the new salt water generator/filter pump and adding the 95 lbs of salt I noticed these little red/orage worms- wigglying very fast around the edge! I freaked....... I called the company we purchased the pump from and they said they have never heard of them before but that we should put three bags of shock in the pool. So, I poured two bags of Shock Plus ( aquachem brand) and one bag of shock with algecide= 3 lbs of shock! Afterwards I was reading the bag and did some calculations to figure out that I should have placed 5oz of shock in the pool! OMG!! Now what do I do and is it going to hurt my new pump if I turn on the generator? I'm lost and at the point of just taking the pool down but my kids are begging me to figure this out. I haven't a clue what he next step shoudl be or what these worm things are. Thanks, DaphneSubject: Tiny little red wrigglies in Pool
It's safe to swim! The little beasties aren't dangerous - I've never had one try to attack me
If you are using bleach to chlorinate the pool, just add a little extra where you see them. Test numbers would help to know how soon after adding the bleach you are safe to swim - it's the free chlorine and cya that are important!
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