Okay, I stumbled upon this site while checking the Internet for solutions on getting rid of a green pool and I have applied some what I have learned here to my pool this year. In the post 2 days, my green pool has started showing signs of actually clearing up.
But I have some questions and I hope this is the right place for them.
When I first started reading all the threads here that pertain to green pools and the BBB method, I thought I understood that using 20 Mule Team was in lieu of using commercial stablizer. Did I read something wrong?
Second, I put about 10 gals of bleach into the pool a couple of gallons at a time throughout the day and my FC's (according to my cheapie little test kit that only tests FC and PH) were through the roof. I assume this was a good thing as it really started killing the algae. However, those 10 gals didn't stay very long due to the abundance of sunshine we've been having the past few days.
During the same time period of introducing the bleach to my pool, I also added 6 boxes (that's all the store had) of Borax. According to the pool calculator, I needed 11-12 boxes. Should this not have been enough to at least helped the clorine stick around for at least a day or so?
I had my water tested and everything was reading within in acceptable levels except the chlorine levels. They showed at about 0, which doesn't suprise me, again, due to the abundance of sunshine.
Today I was reading on the forum here that stabilizer is about the only commercial product I need to buy to put in my pool. Again, I thought that was what the Borates (Borax) was suppose to take care of.
So, along with sky high ph (thanks to the 6 boxes of Borax added a couple of days ago) do I need commercial stablizer or is the Borax suppose to help stablize the chlorine?
I am also assuming that I need to add some muratic acid to bring the ph down? Is this correct?
The test results I got on Saturday, the 13th. were as follows:
FC = 0
TC = 0
CC = 0
PH = 7.1
Hardness = 290ppm
Alkalinity (w/Stablizer correction = 89ppm
Cyanuric Acid = 5ppm
Copper = 0 ppm
Iron = 0.0 ppm
This is in a 24'x52" round Above ground pool with a vinyl liner.
If I can get to understand how all of this works as well as if there is anything else I'm not understanding yet, I would appreciate it before I go out and start spending $$$'s on commercial stablizer.