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    "Chlorine free" copper anode device recommend

    Preparing for another pool season in Dallas. I have a 18,000 gallon inground with only a stack chlorinator that uses the 3" pucks.

    I am looking at a pool ionizer. A copper anode is used to ionize the pool water to control algae. Found it at Sams, but am not at all familiar.

    Anybody use this method? Maybe suggest a brand/model?

    Any help would be appreciated

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    Re: "Chlorine free" copper anode device recommend

    Please read this - Alternative sanitizers and pools--The Truth!!

    You DO NOT want to use copper or other metal ion systems in your pool. The metals build up, and, in the case of copper cause blonde hair to turn green and will stain your pool. You must drain your pool to get rid of them.

    You would be better off looking at a SWCG or Stenner pump for liquid chlorine.

    Take care.
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    Re: "Chlorine free" copper anode device recommend

    Rocks,

    Are your serious or are you just having a little fun this morning..

    You have been a member of TFP since 2010, so it must be obvious that no one here believe in a "Chlorine Free" pool.

    I suggest you follow Marty's advice and read his link.

    Thanks for making me smile this morning...

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    Re: "Chlorine free" copper anode device recommend

    If you want copper in your pool then just go find some copper sulfate and dump it in. I mean, don't. I'm just pointing out that copper ionizers are a really expensive way to add something you don't want to your pool. There are much cheaper ways to add something you don't want to your pool.

    So I guess the Algaedyn finally stopped working? A shame. Well there is always TFPC. Best of luck.
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    Thanks. I guess I stepped in it!

    Just always looking (especially as I get older) for an easier way.

    Thanks for the quick (dogpile) replies ; )

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocks911 View Post
    Thanks. I guess I stepped in it!

    Just always looking (especially as I get older) for an easier way.

    Thanks for the quick (dogpile) replies ; )

    Rock,

    The easiest way to maintain a sanitized pool is to use a Saltwater Chlorine Generator, but of course means using chlorine as your sanitizer..

    Tell us why you don't want to use chlorine???

    I have a saltwater pool, and it does not have any of that public pool, chlorine, kind of smell. Unless you knew it was a saltwater pool, you'd think it was just water and no chemicals at all..

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocks911 View Post
    Just always looking (especially as I get older) for an easier way.
    That's what keeps the companies that build these things in business. People always jumping on the next thing that promises to make pool care easier. Obviously it is pretty lucrative, I would be lying if I said I have never considered getting in on that gravy train. It's so easy to convince people to buy a product that claims to solve all of their problems. Telling someone that knowledge and reading will solve their problems? Now that is a tough sell...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donldson View Post
    That's what keeps the companies that build these things in business. People always jumping on the next thing that promises to make pool care easier. Obviously it is pretty lucrative, I would be lying if I said I have never considered getting in on that gravy train. It's so easy to convince people to buy a product that claims to solve all of their problems. Telling someone that knowledge and reading will solve their problems? Now that is a tough sell...
    Kinda why I asked. Almost regret it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocks911 View Post
    Kinda why I asked. Almost regret it though.
    Donít regret asking questions, itís how we all learn.

    PS- a quick forum search would have prepared you for these answers.



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    Re: "Chlorine free" copper anode device recommend

    Quote Originally Posted by rocks911 View Post
    Kinda why I asked. Almost regret it though.
    I am GLAD you asked. If you saw it in the store then others will see it also. Hopefully if they do a search on the internet they will see this thread. That will stop them from making a mistake! That will be due to YOU!!!! Good job helping others!!!

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    Re: "Chlorine free" copper anode device recommend

    copper does help prevent algae, but it's not a means to an end. You'll still have to use chlorine to sanitize the pool from parasites and bacteria. Chlorine is the best way regardless of what you might do for algae and chlorine will prevent the algae also if kept at the proper levels.

    The algaecides which Pool stores sell have copper in it, except the Polyquat.

    Copper can stain your pool walls and liner, and turn blonde hair green too.
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    "Chlorine free" copper anode device recommend

    I think that most people donít understand that algae is just a nuisance, itís not going to make you gravely ill if you swim with it.

    Algae is the Ďcanary in a coal mineí for pools. Itís presence means that the water is most likely not properly sanitized to protect against bacteria & pathogens.

    Using algaecides removes that warning system.
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    Re: "Chlorine free" copper anode device recommend

    I think Richard (chem geek) had the best response to copper based ionizers and it went something like this -

    If people really, really wanted to use copper as a pool additive, then it’s far and away easier to simply go to the store, buy some pure copper sulfate (root killer), and then add it to the pool at about a dose of 1.5-2ppm. There is simply no good reason to buy one of these “electrical” ionizers because they add nothing to the process and simply waste time as they generate copper ions very slowly. Just add the copper and be done with it.

    I’m glad the question was asked as well, as Kim said, TFP does come up in Google searches for pool related questions a lot more these days. The more posts on a given thread, the better for people getting accurate search results.
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