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    Should I worry about phosphates?

    Have a 24' AGP..been hearing some talk from friends that have pools about phosphate levels..is this something to be concerned about or is it not that important?..Haven't seen too much discussion on this topic. I have "heard " that high levels can contribute to algea blooms?..was just wondering..been doing BBB method for last year with no problems, so I never did any tests for phosphates.

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    Curt
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    Re: Should I worry about phosphates?

    Phosphate levels are irrelevant. The main thing that contributes to algae blooms in pools is lack of chlorine. Properly chlorinate and you will never have an issue with algae.
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    Re: Should I worry about phosphates?

    Hi Curt,

    What 257 said


    You can google phosphates, bottom left on page, and gets lots of reads that confirm.

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    Re: Should I worry about phosphates?

    Phosphates were the new buzz around here that kept the pool store in business last year....I spent/wasted money on phosphate remover and all it did was contribute to the 85 degree bubble bath I had last year. And I still fought algae because 1 ppm of FC was 'just perfect'...yah, for drinking the pool....
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    Re: Should I worry about phosphates?

    Quote Originally Posted by poolgirl22
    because 1 ppm of FC was 'just perfect'...yah, for drinking the pool....
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    Re: Should I worry about phosphates?

    Thanks guys for the fast responses...that is what I sort of figured, but wanted to make sure!

    Once again you all came through for me, just like last year when you all helped me through my Baqua conversion!!. Thanks a million!

    Curt
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