Split off of Silver based algaecides. JasonLion
It seems that there are some really passionate people on this board. What smiley face should I use to add emphasis here?
I don't disagree with the science(s) behind pool chemistry that works.
I also am not preaching the method I'm using to manage my pool.
You want to talk about a trouble free pool?
I've put in 4 (5?) bottles of bleach in my pool since we opened it in May, 3 of which were in one day at the outset to kill the plant growth that grew over winter.
The pool is clean and clear now, thanks to the chlorine bleach shock, the Aquabot Turbo T2, and the DE addition to the sand filter.
I test the chemistry once a week, not daily.
I run the 'bot every other day because stuff is continually falling into my pool, between the birds, trees, dirt falling out of the air, rain, rain wash, whatever.
The extra fine filtration provided by the DE has caused me to have to backflush the small sand filter almost every day, but that will diminish in time, I hope.
And, the pool was built with a concrete ledge that I have to brush every few days because the 'bot can't get it, and stuff accumulates on it.
Right, now, there are a couple areas that may have a slight black algae growth, but I had black algae when I inherited the pool before the installation of the Ozonator and the Floatron.
Oh, I also am cleaning the electrode to the Floatron more often than I did last year.
Anyways, since I'm not using chlorine, I don't have to test every day, even though I do have other daily duties -- skimming, checking the pressure, watering my new roses, ...
I don't have a major algae problem.
I haven't had a major algae problem since mid-session two years ago when I was first learning how to manage the pool.
And, I don't have to worry about chlorine levels when I go on vacation in August, and simply just need to run the 'bot extra and clean the skimmer basket when I get home.
I don't even play around with a "solar blanket" for various (probably also arguable) reasons.
The hardest part about my pool maintenance is putting on the pool cover for the winter, and taking it off, cleaning it, and storing it for the summer. But, not having the pool cover makes for a nightmare clean up job in May that I went through once and am glad I'll never have to do that again.
So quit blasting my use of Ozone and Copper folks!
The only "stains" I've had were on the stainless ladder we used to keep in the pool. The copper was plating out on the thing. Now we simply put it in when we are in the pool for safety reasons, and keep it out otherwise. This way it doesn't interfere with the 'bot either.
I'll be testing my copper level again tonight, and I bet it still is about 0.05ppm, despite my deligence at trying to keep the electrode clean. And, I don't have any algae blooming in my pool !
IF I ONLY CARED ABOUT MY USE OF THE POOL TO SWIM IN, I'D PROBABLY USE THE BBB METHOD BECAUSE IT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE, AND IS REASONABLY ECONOMICAL, OTHERWISE ALL YOU PEOPLE WOULDN'T BE USING IT.
But, there is more at stake here, to me, personally, to my style of life, to my approach to life. Also, I didn't find this place until this year. Don't know why I did't find you two years ago, and now I've already dropped a small fortune into the Ozonator/etc. so I'm going to use it as fully as I can to get my money's worth out of it.
Get off my back will you!?
Ok, my rant is over
My approach to managing the pool is also an ongoing experiment of sorts. I may discover something in time, who knows, but I'm free to do as I wish, and I'm not having any serious problems for the time being.