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    Well first off noticed the other day water little green. tested with my wally kit no chlorine and ph low. Plugged the numbers into the clac. and added borax. Put in a gallon of bleach. Tried to vacuum bottom but went right back into pool through the intex filter. Then read need to bring pool up to shock chlorine levels. Don't know what that is so off to town and bought a shock and swim from wally put that in there and water got cloudy. Ph and chlorine way high. Let pump run all night then next day tried to vacuum again little better seems most staid in the filter. Now water still cloudy ph at 7.1 and chlorine between 6 with TA at 210. weather getting nice again would like to use pool so any ideas.
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    Re: noob with cloudy water

    You need to shock your pool WITH BLEACH or liquid chlorine according to your CYA level. See my signature for link to the CYA chlorine chart.

    Keep your pool at shock level until
    1) you lose <1ppm FC overnight
    2) your CC's are <0.5

    That will get rid of the cloudy and the green.

    Also, if you haven't yet, read Pool School, especially defeating algae and shocking your pool.

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    Re: noob with cloudy water

    Keep in mind that an Intex filter can take weeks to clear up all the dead algae, and that is assuming it is all dead.
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    Re: noob with cloudy water

    I don't know what my cya level is but I did add some when I put the pool up. Are the shock n swim ones any good or am I better off using 6% bleach?
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    Re: noob with cloudy water

    without test results it's a losing battle.
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    Re: noob with cloudy water

    well our store closed and is doing some things from his house. Might have to take a water sample in to have checked for cya. but can check the chlorine and ph and ta at home. But we will see if they still do that and see what I got?
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    Re: noob with cloudy water

    you can but I would advise to get one now. especially with a bigger pool coming in your future, the test kit will be an indispensable tool and the experience and knowledge you gain now will help volumes, not to mention the help it will give you for your current pool and problem.
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    Re: noob with cloudy water

    well with about a month left before we take it down am going to try and limp through. And will get a kit next year that way it isn't sitting around all winter.
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    Re: noob with cloudy water

    do you know how much cya you added?
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    Re: noob with cloudy water

    Quote Originally Posted by fordman
    I don't know what my cya level is but I did add some when I put the pool up. Are the shock n swim ones any good or am I better off using 6% bleach?
    Bleach.
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    Re: noob with cloudy water

    I don't know for sure was 2 month ago but did put 6oz in the skimmer about 3 days ago.

    So will be buying more bleach since it is better than the shoke n swims.
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    Re: noob with cloudy water

    well added enough acid to lower ph to 7 pool looks clearer. Then turned the return jet up to areate the water to raise my ph back up and see how it goes.
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    Re: noob with cloudy water

    Well had water tested and only had 7 for cya so have the amount to raise in a stocking hanging in the pool. TA was 144 knew it was high working on getting it lower. Water looks lots better than when I first posted. Don't know if it is the filter finally cleaning the alge out or me working on the TA and PH. My guess is the filter.
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    Re: noob with cloudy water

    couple pictures of the water and new aerator.






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    Re: noob with cloudy water

    nice!

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    Re: noob with cloudy water

    Well got my TA down between 100 and 110. PH at 7.2 stopped areration because we got chance of rain tonight and see if it does and what it raises it to. Got the cya still hanging out by my return inlet. Water still not crystal clear but getting there. Might be little late in the season but I can use this knowledge on next years set up.
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