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    Inflatable Pool

    OK, just a quick question. My kids have a 198 gallon rectangular inflatable pool. If the water sits for more than a few days, algae begins to grow in the pool. We have to drain it, clean it, refill it. What a pain. Can you add chlorine to a 198 gallon pool? If so, how much? If not, are there any other suggestions that would help solve the problem?

    Thanks so much
    Thomas Funari, Rosemount, MN
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    Re: Inflatable Pool

    You should read pool school a few times. You can use the pool calculator to see how much bleach to add, but you will also need to tell it how much CYA is in your pool to get an accurate number. If you add bleach with no CYA, the chlorine will be gone in a few hours.

    Does the pool have a filtration system? If you don't have a way to move and filter the water then I would expect you will still get algae even with chlorine in the pool.
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    Re: Inflatable Pool

    Yes, you can add chlorine to that size pool, just a very small amount, like a hot tub. You will probably still have to change the water, maybe every week or two because you have no way to filter it.

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    Re: Inflatable Pool

    I have tried to use several different chlorine calculators, however none of them give me an amount that small. (for 198 gallons) Most of the tools I have used require that the pool be a certain volume before the calculator will work. Is there anyone out there that can give me a measurment of how much chemical to add?
    These are the chemicals I have (from a previous pool)

    Multi functional chlorinating granules
    Quick desolving Shock
    pH increaser
    pH test strips

    Thanks again for the help.
    Thomas Funari, Rosemount, MN
    Intex AGP 15' x 48" Round Metal Frame Pool (4440 Gallon)
    B Cartridge Filter in Intex Model 635 (1,500 gph)

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    Re: Inflatable Pool

    5 teaspoons of bleach each night (after swimming) should be enough to keep gookies at bay. You'll need a way to "stir" it in so it doesn't settle. That's 1-2 ppm of chlorine each night. I would still dump and refill once a week for filtration purposes. Add it in the evening will give it time to work without the sunlight destroying it - since you won't have any CYA in there to protect it.

    What's in the chlorine granules? (active ingredient).

    You won't need the other stuff since you'll be dumping once a week.
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    Re: Inflatable Pool

    The active ingredient in the granules is Sodium Dichloro-s-Triazinetrione 99%
    Should I use this or bleach? If the granules, how much?

    Thanks so much
    Thomas Funari, Rosemount, MN
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    Re: Inflatable Pool

    the way I'm figuring it at www.thepoolcalculator.com is you would need to add about 0.1 ounces of dichlor for about 2ppm chlorine. the problem is the pool being so small that 0.1 ounces is hard to measure.
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    Re: Inflatable Pool

    So I would be better off to use 5 teaspoons of bleach each night then?
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    Re: Inflatable Pool

    If you want to use the Dichlor, you would predissolve 1 teaspoon in a cup of water, and stir it into the pool, each evening after swimming. I would still dump every 1-2 weeks, 2 weeks max....
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