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Thread: What could my problem be? Brown splotches and "dust bunnies"

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    What could my problem be? Brown splotches and "dust bunnies"

    I'm trying to figure out what my problem is, and now, from reading several posts, I'm wondering if I don't have two problems.

    The first problem, which I didn't think was a problem, is that I keep finding these brownish clumps, almost like dust bunnies that I attributed to "gathered dirt", etc. From reading, it sounds like these may be mustard algae, but I'm not sure. I always have the filter running, and the water is crystal clear - and I always have the solar cover on when not in use. Could these clumps be mustard algae? Does anyone have any pics of this?

    My second issue that I just discovered yesterday is brown splotches in the pool bottom. They look like stains that are now covering about 10% of the bottom. I tried brushing it and they didn't come off. These splotches weren't there two days ago. I'll have to get the chemical readings when I get back home, but I'm just trying to do some homework to figure out what I am dealing with.

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    Re: What could my problem be? Brown splotches and "dust bunnies"

    Welcome to TFP!

    Could be clumps of dust and/or dirt on the bottom. There really isn't any way to know if you are having an algae problem until we see your test numbers.

    The brown stains that won't brush off may be organic stains or metal stains. Try rubbing one of the spots with a chlorine tablet. If the spot fades, it is organic and chlorine will take care of it. If the spot doesn't change, try rubbing a vitamin C tablet on it. If the spot lightens with a vitamin C tablet, it would be a metal stain.

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    Re: What could my problem be? Brown splotches and "dust bunnies"

    Thanks. I'll get the test results later today when I get home. I did a quick test last night and the PH was 7.5 and the Chlorine was way low (ZERO). So I shocked it.

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    Re: What could my problem be? Brown splotches and "dust bunnies"

    BTW - prolly a stupid question, but where do you get a Vitamin C tablet? How big does it need to be?

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    Re: What could my problem be? Brown splotches and "dust bunnies"

    Pharmacy or vitamin aisle in the grocery store - plain old edible vit c...
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    Re: What could my problem be? Brown splotches and "dust bunnies"

    great thx!

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    Re: What could my problem be? Brown splotches and "dust bunnies"

    So I just drop the Vitamin C tablet on the stain on the liner and leave it there? How long should I wait? Same question with the Chlorine puck?

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    Re: What could my problem be? Brown splotches and "dust bunnies"

    Vitamin C will have an immediate reaction if it's metal. Iron will vanish almost instantly. Other metals tend to change in appearance.

    Trichlor will have a slightly slower response depending on the stain/surface of the pool but is usually pretty quick too (if it's going to work).
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    Re: What could my problem be? Brown splotches and "dust bunnies"

    Thx poolmom - what burb do you live in? I'm in Shorewood...

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    Re: What could my problem be? Brown splotches and "dust bunnies"

    Davy,

    I would focus on getting the chlorine correct in your pool. Once you complete that process, I have a feeling the stainng will take care of itself. If not, you can address it then but having your chlorine set and replenished correctly should be job # 1.
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    Re: What could my problem be? Brown splotches and "dust bunnies"

    OK so last night I put in 2 lbs of shock (Calcium hypochlorite) and I just checked and the spots seem to have disappeared (pheww!!!) SO here are my tests:

    pH - 7.4
    TA - 150
    FC - 1.5
    CH - 300
    CYA - 0
    Total Gallons: 13500

    In kind of shocked that the CYA is so low. (I'm running the Frog System) What is needed to raise my CYA?

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    Re: What could my problem be? Brown splotches and "dust bunnies"

    I would be very suspiscous of that CYA number if you've been using the Frog system any at all. It uses 1" Trichlor pucks so if it's ran it's added some cyanuric acid.
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    Re: What could my problem be? Brown splotches and "dust bunnies"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama Rambler
    I would be very suspiscous of that CYA number if you've been using the Frog system any at all. It uses 1" Trichlor pucks so if it's ran it's added some cyanuric acid.
    I agree about the Frog System; however, the pool has only been open for about 10 days plus we just got about 3 inches of rain in the last two days.

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