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    New Pool Owner, Quick question

    This is my first time posting but I've been reading this site since we started thinking about getting a pool.
    Put the pool up a week ago after I first added salt and turn on the SWG during a dirty brown color was still clear but had a brownish yellow tint to it. Went online and saw that that may be Metals in my water so I left the filter on and it cleared.
    Water is clear but I not crystal clear (like when I first filled it). Took sample to pool store for testing this morning.
    FC 5
    TC 5
    Salt 2600 (will add 20lbs later today)
    Calcium Hardness 40 (I don't​ think that matters??)
    CYA 45 - I added 1lb to a sock so it's dissolving now)
    TA 120
    PH 7.5
    Copper and Iron 0
    Phosphates 300

    My question is does phosphates matter? I don't see many people posting about it on this forum. Should I buy PHOSfree like they suggested at pool store? Could this be why I don't have that crystal clear look?
    16' x48" round Coleman Power Steel Frame Pool, Coleman filter pump, Intex SWG

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    Re: New Pool Owner, Quick question

    What brand/formulation of salt did you use? Some kinds I've tried have a slight brownish tint to the water. It's probably metals, but at a low enough concentration to not be a major issue if it's not also in your water supply. This could also be the reason for the slight cloudiness. If it's been less than a week since you've added salt and other chems, you might just wait a bit. Sometimes I've noticed mine is a bit cloudy right after salt, but it clears up soon enough.

    There's little reason to believe Phosphates are an issue except in rare circumstances. It's kind of a last resort thing around here. It's a good way for pool stores to make money though!
    20x40 28kgal in-ground vinyl built 2011, liner replaced 2017
    Pentair Tagelus TA60D sand filter, Pentair SuperFlow 1HP pump, Intellichlor IC40 SWG, Dolphin Active 30i
    City water, TF-100 test kit + speedstir.
    Recommended Levels | Chlorine/CYA Chart | SLAM

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    Re: New Pool Owner, Quick question

    I used the Clorox brand pool salt.
    16' x48" round Coleman Power Steel Frame Pool, Coleman filter pump, Intex SWG

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    Re: New Pool Owner, Quick question

    You can search this forum for Clorox salt and see others who had a similar issue. It lately comes with some metals content at no extra charge!


    20x40 28kgal in-ground vinyl built 2011, liner replaced 2017
    Pentair Tagelus TA60D sand filter, Pentair SuperFlow 1HP pump, Intellichlor IC40 SWG, Dolphin Active 30i
    City water, TF-100 test kit + speedstir.
    Recommended Levels | Chlorine/CYA Chart | SLAM

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    Re: New Pool Owner, Quick question

    Thanks. Glad I didn't buy that phosphate stuff. I'll keep running my pump hopefully my crystal clearness will return.
    16' x48" round Coleman Power Steel Frame Pool, Coleman filter pump, Intex SWG

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