Ok, I'm new to the board here but I've been reading a lot about the great ideas being posted here.
I definately have a recurring algae problem and I'm pretty sure that I know why. I have an inline chlorinator and ozinator. I run the pump about 6-8 hours every day and have a water feature (small sheer desc.) that I run about the same amount of time. The inline chlorinator doesn't seem to be delivering the amount of chlorine I need to keep the pool algae free. There's very little water running through it, just touching the bottom tab ever so slightly, even when set to Max. (hope I don't have a valve position issue or something contributing to that)
I exclusively use test strips (lazy) and every reading (including CYA) seems to be coming up ok except for "low" on free chlorine. I shock once a week or so and have added an "aglaecide" to it a few times. I think its a "polyquat" as the water tends to get real foamy afterwards.
I periodically have success in eradicating it but it keeps coming back. (And now I know it's because of my "loosey goosey" attitude about the amount of FC in my pool).
I'm at work now but I dumped a half pound of shock (15000 gallon pool) before I left and kicked off my Tiger Shark robotic cleaner. (I usually run the cleaner once a day).
I like the idea of the borates (because I tend to get algae) and will probably follow the info guide this weekend to introduce that into my pool as an algae fighter.
So, few questions...
I keep brushing the algae off as I see it but I'm not taking a vacuum to the area I just brushed. (don't have one). Is that a problem in the algae eradication process?
I've been using the tabs alone but I'm wondering if it's ok to use bleach added manually in combination with the tabs as well?
How long do I need to keep the level of FC super high to kill it off, four/five days? (even though I won't be able to see the algae after I brush it the first day, it's still there)
During this time of high chlorine during my war, is it ok to also introduce the borate theory?
Thanks for all of your help.
I'm really interested in getting a "liquidator" type of set up to continually deliver bleach and keep the algae at bay for the long run.